How To Heat Cycle Tires
When your tire is no longer properly inflated, it will begin to lose air as it wears down. This is called deflation. If left unchecked, it can cause your car to become less stable, which could result in an accident or claim of vandalism.
Heating up the inner surface of the tire can be done two ways – by using heat from the element of a blow dryer or a heat source such as burners with hose attachments that are able to reach into the rim area of the tire.
The most efficient way to use a blow dryer is by holding it next to the side wall of the tire so that half of it is touching the wall and the other half is exposed to the center of the tire. This creates an even temperature across the diameter of the tire, ensuring proper heating.
You should leave this process for at least eight minutes per each wheel set you work on to ensure full drying time. Make sure to check back every few minutes to make sure the tire isn’t burning itself!
To reduce friction caused when turning off the blow drier, add three drops of liquid soap to the water being poured onto the tires. Let sit for one minute, then turn off the blow dryer and wipe away any excess moisture.
Removing wet, salty hands before working on another part of the vehicle may prevent skin irritations or worse.
Test your heat gun
The next step in heating up tires is testing out your equipment. You want to make sure that you have enough power for the task at hand!
Mostly people get confused here because they use the wrong temperature setting or burn down their machine too quickly. A good test is to hold down the trigger longer than necessary to see how hot the barrel gets. If it’s getting hotter than what you can bear, then you need to find another method to do this job.
You also don’t want to burn through all of your budget buying a new tool, so try looking around online to see if anyone has done this work before and whether there are any tips them may have left behind. There could be free tools you can use instead!
Once you’re certain that the heat source will not backfire and hurt yourself or someone else, then start heating up the tire.
Connect your battery to the heat gun
After you have installed the correct size of hose for airflow, it is time to test the heat gun! To do this, connect your battery to the heat gun and make sure there are no leaks before testing the temperature settings.
Make sure to turn off the heat gun completely before attaching the hoses as some users forget to check this first! Once everything is attached properly, re-test the temperatures to see if they will increase the tire’s heat.
Remember that while heating up the tires, you want to make sure nothing gets hot enough to burn or melt the rubber. It is best to use short pieces of tubing or foam blankets to achieve this!
This process can take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour depending on how many wheels you have and how experienced you are with heat guns.
Connect your tire to the heat gun
Now that you have done this for both dry and wet tires, it is time to test one of these services! Test them out by testing a car tire first. Use the same pressure for each test as before.
Test temperature number one: 120 degrees F (50 Celsius)
After heating up the hose connected to the gun, turn the nozzle towards the tire slowly until only 1 inch of water remains in the tube. Hold the nozzle there for 2 minutes.
Now quickly pull the trigger so it can cool down again. Check the tread depth after two hours!
Reminder: Make sure to never use the heat tool on wet or frozen surfaces!
This will probably ruin the tool completely. If you do happen to break it, we recommend using our DuraClay Tire Fill Product instead.
Slowly heat your tire
Although it may seem obvious, most people forget this step! Most experts agree that heating up a tire is more effective if you do not use a stove or burner to do so.
Heating up a tire in an oven or using a gas-powered grill will only make the tires thinner and less durable. These are the best ways to warm up a cold tire.
Instead, use a microwave. Some say that using a hairdryer instead is better because it uses air rather than hot gasses like burners. Both work well.
Do not heat your tire for too long
Only do this if you have to, otherwise it is unnecessary and could even hurt your car or burn down your house!
If you must warm up your tires, use only a hairdryer and never put in oven temperature. A hand dryer will work just as well (and is usually much cheaper as an appliance).
Never use a block of hot wax or heavy oil to heat up a set of new wheels because they may both melt and drip onto the pavement, causing damage to other cars or leaving oily marks on the surface of the wheel.
Heating up old, worn out, or deflated tires can sometimes be necessary, however. If this happens, make sure to turn off any air conditioning systems or refrigeration units before heating the tires so that you do not lose pressure and risk having a blowout.
Let your tire cool down before handling
Once you have checked that all of your wheels are level, let your tires fully air out. Now is the time to check if they feel soft or doughy!
This is because when cold tires meet each other, their gel content will increase. This is how most people know winter tires from summer ones – white fuzzy things that stick to each other!
But this isn’t necessarily bad, unless you want your tires to lose some elasticity!
By letting them sit for an hour or so, the gel will solidify, reducing the overall amount of foam in the tire. Or you can blow off some of the gas by banging the wheel on a hard surface! (Make sure to do it safely though, outside or in a garage.)
After doing this, you can then work on heating up the tires. You can use either hot water or heat packs to do this.
Use a heat gauge to check the temperature of your tire
Check the temperature of your car’s tires using a good quality thermal reading device such as a heat gun or digital thermometer.
A heat gun works by detecting changes in resistance caused when heated air comes into contact with any material. The warmer the material, the greater the resistance to the flow of current through it, which gives off heat.
By measuring this change in resistance, we can determine the temperature of the material being checked.
Many people use a heatgun to test if a piece of glass will cool down faster if sprinkled with water. By doing so, they are determining how effective cooling materials are. This is important because cars lose heat via their wheels!
However, there are some things that can’t be measured with a heat gun. For example, metals like steel don’t react to water, so you can’t measure how quickly they would chill down after washing.
Regularly checking the temperatures of all four wheels on your vehicle is one way to make sure your car is within safe limits. Also remember that due to manufacturing differences, each brand’s sensor should be calibrated before testing.
Use a heat gun on your car
After you have checked that all of your tires are equal in size, it is time to work on changing their shape or “setting” them! This can be done by using either hot or cold air as they breathe for different amounts of time.
The best way to do this is to use a heat gun. These guns are used for plastic welding and altering temperature settings vary depending on the material being melted.
Heating up a tire to its softening point will make it more flexible and able to take longer breaths, while cooling down a solid piece will cause it to harden and retain its current shape.
Both ways are useful to learn how to use properly so that you do not hurt yourself or damage the tire.