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Best tire fix/replacement st824

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So I am not sure if the st824 has a tubeless or tubed tire? These are original tires and are losing all air within an hour.

Should I try tire slime (tube or tubeless)?

How do I check if the leak is in the valve?

Other option is new tires, I think I would just buy a whole tire and rim because getting the old tire off the rim looks tough. Any suggestions on good tire replacements?
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They are tubeless, but you can install tubes in them. That's what i did and it worked wonders. I have to admit that it is somewhat of a hard job.
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If you want good priced replacements and they won't be the nicest part of the machine I'd swap them out for X-tracs. Best price I've found here, just reference, check your size.
Carlisle Xtrac Tires 5170161 - Free Shipping on Orders Over $99 at PowerSports Place
If the rest of the machine looks like the wheels, I'd just slip tubes in and call it a day. Changing these little tires is a royal PIA. I'd pay to get it done next time. Golf cart place or good lawn and turf dealer will have the proper equipment to do them quick and easy. Car tire shops often won't or scrape the wheels so bad it's not worth it. Local golf course is good place to try too, they're usually working on the summer equipment right now and will do it for cash on the side.
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What is a fair price to get the tires changed. One place near me wants $36 per tire change. That is the cost if I were to bring in the old tire on the rim and the replacement tire. It seems steep, I mean car tires cost $17 to change at costco.
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Ok, another guy just quoted my $30 each to install with a tubes.
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And sold,

Found a guy to install tires for $10 each. Just need to bring them in. He said not to use tubes into tubeless because they take on water which freezes and breaks the tube, said they take on water through the valve area.
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Probably rust around the rim perimeter making a leak. Even with new tires the rims will have to be cleaned around the bead area. Many have put tubes on with no troubles afterward, although he's right about that you would not want to do that on the car.

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So should I buy a tube instead? Will the tube be left protected from that rust or do you have to remove the rust no matter what?
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The bead of the rim would have to be cleaned if you were using tubeless again but if you were installing a small amount of rust would not be a problem.

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So why would a tubeless need the rust removed but not if a tube is being installed? Did I understand you right in that a tube installation is not affected by rust at the bead area? I am guessing I should go tubeless only if the tires look really worn out.

Last question, would these tubes from home depot be good enough?
Tire Science 4.80/4 in. - 8 in. Wheelbarrow Inner Tube with Sealant-490-328-0013 - The Home Depot
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