How To Pop A Tire Back On The Rim Using Fire


Since the beginning of time, humans have always sought ways to make tasks easier, faster, and less stressful. From communication advancements to travel advancements, we have always come up with exciting ways to save time and energy, so it was no surprise when I discovered the simplest way to pop back a tire into its rim with minimal effort; in fact, all that is required is to simply fit the rim back in the tire, and the fire will do the rest.

Despite the fact that it sounds like fun, there are a lot of things that could go wrong if you don’t exercise caution, even though many people consider it to be a faster way to accomplish the task. The following are a few items you will need to perform the task.

Items Needed For Popping A Tire Back On The Rim With Fire 

  • A matchbox or lighter
  • A fire extinguisher (for safety)
  • A starter fluid or part cleaner.

5 Steps on How To Pop A Tire Back On The Rim With Fire

Step 1: Put The Rim Inside The Tire

This should only be done after you’ve addressed the issue that caused you to remove the tire from the rim in the first place, which is most likely bead leakage or a tire puncture. Whatever it is, ensure you are satisfied with the outcome before proceeding because this is the most crucial part of the process.

Step 2: Apply the Starter Fluid Around The Bead Of The Tire

Grab this starter fluid bottle. It is highly recommended and will perform admirably under normal conditions. Spray it on the tire’s bead, but not so much that you need a fire extinguisher.

After spraying it all over, spray a small amount on the ground near the tire in a straight pattern and let it trace to the bead. This is to avoid getting burned when lighting the match because starter fluids are highly flammable.

Step 3: Light The Match, And Get Ready To Extinguish The Fire

To prevent the tire bead from drying out, you should do this as soon as you spray the starter fluid on it. Remember to light the match or start the fire from the ground link that traces to the tire bead for your safety.

When the fire reaches the tire bead, you would hear a pop sound. When you hear the sound, put out the fire as fast as you can, and if you don’t think you’ll be able to, use the fire extinguisher.

Step 4: Pump In The Air

The pop sound should indicate that your tire is now mounted on the rim. At that point, grab your air pump and pump the necessary air into the tires, and you’re ready to go.

Using fire to pop your tire back on the rim is very helpful, especially if you are in an area without a garage nearby.

The Side Effects Of Using Fire To Pop Back Your Tire On The Rim

Like everything else, popping your tire back to the rim with fire also has drawbacks. If this procedure’s adverse effect is not addressed appropriately, it may result in a condition known as pyrolysis.

Pyrolysis is a chemical reaction in tires when they become heated to a certain threshold. The tire degrades as a result, and a sudden increase in pressure inside the tire increases the risk of an explosion.

Aside from the heat produced when a tire is popped into its rim, other factors contributing to tire overheating include aerosol tire inflators, welding near or on a tire, and overheated breaks.

You should also be aware that pyrolysis does not require oxygen to continue and can occur at temperatures as low as 1830 to 1850 ° C. Once pyrolysis starts taking place on your tire, it might persist even after the heat source has been turned off. It typically has no outward symptoms and can linger for a few seconds to several hours.

Anyone nearby the tire at the moment of pyrolysis could suffer significant injuries due to the pressure inside the tire rising to as high as 7000 kPa.

Please exercise all due caution to prevent this scenario. Even worse is when it happens while you’re driving.

Preventive Measures For Pyrolysis

  • Heavy-duty vehicles are prone to pyrolysis, so use clip-on air pumps to inflate their tires. When inflating a tire, face the thread, not the ream,  that way, you’re safe.
  • Preserve your tires and brakes in accordance with the manufactures instructions. Furthermore, avoid driving long distances with underinflated tires. This will almost certainly result in pyrolysis.
  • Do not use fire to reseat a tire on the rim if it is not deflated, and only use fire when you want to pop back your tire on the rim and if you have no other options.
  • Allow any tire to cool completely before reinstalling it on the rim. Check for areas where deterioration might likely occur before reinstalling it on the vehicle.
  • If you apply heat to a tire and suspect deterioration, it is safer to assume it is happening so that you can take precautions. Isolate the suspicious tire for a minimum of 24 hours and try to keep people away from it, especially children. When the time runs out, remove the tire from the rim and inspect the tire walls for deterioration or physical damage.


We have come to the end of this guide on: How To Pop A Tire Back On The Rim Using Fire. I hope it was helpful. 

There are no other ways I can think of besides going to a workshop, utilizing this DIY technique, or employing the fire pop technique. If you are aware of any, please share them in the comments section so I can try them.