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I Got asphalt stuck on my tire (bad), how do i get it off?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 4X42HEL, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:24 PM
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    4X42HEL

    4X42HEL [OP] Don't really understand 2WD trucks....

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    If you can believe my luck, I was picking up the wife today from work, and today is not a particularly hot day (it's hot, but not abnormally hot). I was driving way and I felt my tire was extremely heavy (driver's side front) as if I was in mud or something...

    I get out to look and sure enough, about 40% of the tire has gobs of asphalt stuck on it. I tried to drive it off, but it only made matters worse. Now I am at home, and the damn tire has asphalt basically glued to it so it's part of the tire. The truck shakes so bad like it has the worst alignment job and out of balance.

    I tried to take as much off as possible with a knife and welding iron brush... any other thoughts? Hate to scrap a tire which has 90% tread left on it....

    Pics to come shortly. Thx
     
  2. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:28 PM
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    Do Not put any chemicals on it! use a power washer and scrape
    where needed, should come off
     
  3. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:32 PM
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    Damn that sucks best of luck to you. Try and peel it off
     
  4. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM
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    Hairdryer to heat up the asphalt, then a putty knife to scrape off. Brake cleaner is said to work well, but you will have to wash it off quickly to minimize harm to the tire compound, so use it as a secondary operation for smaller bits that didn't scrape off.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:35 PM
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    How about a heat gun or torch to get it soft and then scrape it off....
     
  6. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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    4X42HEL [OP] Don't really understand 2WD trucks....

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    I think I will try the hair drier idea right now.

    I just dumped two pots of boiling hot water on it and it didn't even phase it.

    It's like solid now. So frustrating the S#!T that happens to me.
     
  7. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:44 PM
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    not sure a hair dryer is ganna get it hot enough...
    You will need a heat gun or torch... if you use a torch just be careful and dont stay in one spot too long...

    power washer is a good idea too.
     
  8. Jul 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM
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    How did you do a burnout with your front tire? I have a tacoma....
     
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    Well, I'm not sure where the hell she buys this crap from, but my wife's hair dryer must be made of plutonium because it just melting this asphalt like butter.

    The good thing is, it is coming off, but the bad part is, its getting really gummy and this is tedious. No way I will get it off before the night.

    Anybody know if this stuff will "just fall off" as I drive?
     
  10. Jul 5, 2011 at 6:04 PM
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    Burnout Time!!!
     
  11. Jul 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM
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    Yeah, it ganna be tedious, but if get most of it off, the rest should slowly come off as you drive.
    If not you can use a solvent to clean the rest off.. I think Aircraft remover would work really good for that.... :)
     
  12. Jul 5, 2011 at 6:16 PM
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    4X42HEL [OP] Don't really understand 2WD trucks....

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    I just dont understand how hundreds of cars park in that lot every day and there haven't been any known occurences of this.

    I pick her up ONCE and for 3 minutes waiting the lot, this happens.

    OK, now i'm officially pissed. Where's the fridge
     
  13. Jul 5, 2011 at 6:20 PM
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    Get "Tarminator" Had this last year when the fukstik construction turds didn't bother removing a little pile of fresh tar they dropped at an intersection. It spooged all up in my treads I was PISSED. I went to the parts house and bought "tarminator" and half a can knocked off every last bit of tar this stuff is fantastic!
     
  14. Jul 5, 2011 at 7:08 PM
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    Isnt tar a rubber compound? Wouldnt that damage the tire? I may be wrong.
     
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    just find an open lot and let her lose :burnrubber:


    or the heating up way be better and safer and cheaper, so i would try somthin like that first, but if all else fails, u kno what to do :D
     
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    Know any commercial roofers? I'm one and if you can get your hands on carlisle weathered membrane cleaner it'll tske it off pretty easy. We get fuktards all the time that put tar on a rubber roof. Anything petroleum based will eat through a rubber roof.
     
  17. Jul 5, 2011 at 8:01 PM
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    Know what happens when ya do a burnout with tar stuck to the tire? You heat up and spread the tar further across the tread. Please-just try the Tarminator stuff.
     
  18. Jul 5, 2011 at 8:11 PM
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    I would add a powder or even sand to the tar when you are removing it with the hair dryer. Dump lots of cornstarch/sand.dirt etc. on the tar that way it has something to bond to and it doesn't stick to other things. Could make the job much easier.
     
  19. Jul 5, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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    that asphalt companies that work for me coat everything with diesel. they use it to clean their tools too.

    not so sure what it would do to the rubber.
     
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