nayr497 wrote:I was finally able to seat and mount a new latex tube. I was putting in a little air when trying to get the last section of tire installed when the tube shot out from between the tire and rim in a big bulge. Deflated some and was able to mount the tire. Pumped it up, left overnight, the tire was flat this morning.
Pulled the tube, inflated it and...ballooned in one spot. Is this the snake that swallowed the ball effect? Can I still use this tube or is buggered?
Have yet to find the hole, will have to do that first, if I can use it.
These are Michelin tubes. Thanks.
Latex inner tubes should not be inflated outside of a containing envelope (tyre). If you do you will always see what you witnessed as by their very nature they are impossible to manufacture with an even thickness, so they're always going to be "weak" spots where the layer of latex is somewhat thinner hence the bulging effect.
To find the hole in it you inflate it slightly without it bulging then do as you would for a butyl inner tube. If it's leaky you should repair it using a latex patch (rounded corners or they'll curl) cut out from an old inner tube.