Tire sewage

Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:05 pm


This was posted a while back and we all had a few laughs over it, working with all types of tires everyday I even questioned if it was so..... :roll:
Well, now I'll have to say it is so. :roll: :x :censored:
A couple weeks ago the West Virginia Dept of Highways dropped off a new 18.4 x 30 rear tire off a new tractor that had gone flat. This was a side boom mower that works road banks, they only center weight and fluid the tire on the opposite side of the mower.
We've been changing all the tri county DOH tires for several years but this is the first with sewage added for weight.... :roll:
One of the workers came to me with it on his rubber gloves asking if it was some type of stop leak, I knew what it was real quick. It was all drained and replaced with water/methanol mixed.
How could our country with all the pushing towards safety until at times it's over kill let something like this get by ?????
The smell was so bad you couldnt hardly stand to be within 100 feet as it drained out.

Re: Tire sewage

Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:22 pm

Yogie, at least since it smelled so bad you didn't have to taste it!!!! :big what:

Re: Tire sewage

Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:19 pm

I wonder what OSHA would think about this ????

Re: Tire sewage

Sat Mar 02, 2013 1:19 am

This was posted a while back and we all had a few laughs over it...

Yes that was quite an amusing thread. I didn't go back and re-read it but I believe someone mentioned that you had never run across one leading me to believe it was definitely a regional thing.

I found my first tires filled with sewage in '78 or '79. I'm sure they hadn't been off the tractor in 20 or 30 years. If they were filled in the 50's or 60's, there wasn't a big controversy over what you filled your tires with, what you poured out behind the barn, how you dispatched the extra cats you didn't need or other practices that could get you prison time today.

In 78 or 79 they were still telling students to place their hands on the principals desk and bend over to take four.

Re: Tire sewage

Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:37 am

I sure am glad i missed that original topic LOL :bellylaugh:

David C

Re: Tire sewage

Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:20 am

what is it about sewage that would keep it from freezing ? is that the reason its put in a tire (other than increasing weight) ? coppersmythe...........................

Re: Tire sewage

Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:53 am

I guess that would be a norther thing or western, The Goodyear dealer had never heard of it here.

Re: Tire sewage

Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:59 am

Dang! I was getting pukey the other day driving behind a septic service truck watching the clear level gauge on the back. ('in our business a flush is better than a full house')

You are right Yogie, it's a public health hazard just thinking about it (for me anyway).

Re: Tire sewage

Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:36 am

Makes you wonder who tried that first and how they got to that being a good idea. :(

I do not think I would have ever tried that! :lol:

Re: Tire sewage

Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:43 am

Certainly can't be a Northern thing :big say what: , I have never heard of it before. Not sure why any municipal government would do that. I can think of at least a half dozen laws here that would be broken by that use. I wonder what the EPA, Dept of Health, OSHA, Dept of the Environment in various states/federal would react to that :?:

Makes no sense to me at all. Course, I am not a fan of loaded tires anyways but that is personal. I know that there are good reasons to load em up, but there has to be better solutions than CaCl or sewage :big give up: An interesting article on Radials...Liquid ballast helps farmers get a grip: But the radial revolution may change the rules. Found a great chart - Ballast Volume and Weight.

Re: Tire sewage

Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:44 am

I agree Rudi.

Re: Tire sewage

Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:43 am

I still don't get it. I'm thinking it's either beet juice which I understand gets pretty nasty or just plain water that was put in and has been setting in the nice warm summer sun for who knows how many years and turned into a giant petri dish. Stagnant water can get pretty ripe. Drive the tractor once in a while to give it a good stir should make it even riper. I had a water bed years ago when I got out of the Navy. No not what you're thinking it was the cheapest bed I could find for the house I was renting. Moved to an apartment about 9 months later when they sold the house. Put the water bed up again at the apartment but didn't have the biocide whatever to add to the water. Filled it anyways and didn't bother with it. Ten months later when moving out of the apartment gave it to a buddy that helped me move. Glad we made the deal before I drained it. You wouldn't believe the water that came out of that thing. Clear tap water in, nasty brown stuff out in ten months. What could a tractor tire create in ten years or so?

Re: Tire sewage

Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:25 pm

I think Scrivet nailed it. If fill water came from open barrel etc., it's already innoculated with all kinds of bacteria. Time and heat and its a done deal. New way to manufacture Botox, LOL? I think it would be too dificult to put sewage in a tire anyway. Anyone ever make homemade cow manure? Black plastic trash bag, water, lawn clippings and a good dose of sun, P-U!

Re: Tire sewage

Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:27 pm

Scrivet and Danovercash beat me to posting. Where would WV Dept of trans or a new equipment company even get sewage to put in a tire?

Some water has enough iron in it that iron loving bacteria will make a sewage smell. The water is actually safe to drink but smells like sewage and will have a thin brown color. More likely it was RimGuard which is some organic (beet juice?) and does smell like sewage. It will also get thick like sewage. I suppose if you found corn in tire then it is sewage :lol: but otherwise it is likely something else.

Re: Tire sewage

Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:34 pm

OK to what everybody says but if it Quacks like a duck etc.