How to Make Your Own Tire Changing Bead Lube

by Ashton Daigle

Whether you work in a tire repair shop, or change a lot of tires from your home, having a good bead seal lubricant will make your life easier. A bead seal is the seal your tire makes when air forces it against your rim. It's what holds the air in your tire. Tire changing machines are used to break these beads and then to pry the tire from the rim. During this process, a lubricant is sometimes spread around the tire with a small brush. This lubricant helps the tool slide under the tire to break it free from its rim.

Add 1 1/2 cups of dishwashing liquid to a container.

Measure and add 1 cup of liquid laundry fabric softener.

Add 2 cups of all-purpose cleaner to the mixture.

Cap the ingredients and mix them well by churning the bottle in your hand. There is no need to violently shake it. Once the mixture is mixed well, add it to the solvent tray of your tire changing machine. Store the rest of it in a sealed bottle for later.

Items you will need


About the Author

Ashton Daigle, a New Orleans native, graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1998 and went straight to work as a journalist. In 2005 he tackled the biggest news story of his life - Hurricane Katrina. Daigle is writing a collection of essays: What It Means to be a Saints Fan.

More Articles