Should I add tubes to my new tires?

July 1, 2018 | By Staff


Last year I put new radial tires on my 1950 Studebaker. All is well except one tire loses about four psi per month and the chain store that installed them cannot find a leak. Should my modern tubeless tires have been installed with tubes?


It is not unusual for old wheels to leak. Here is what Coker Tire has to say about using tubes in tubeless tires: “Tubeless tires are pretty straightforward. In most cases you can mount them to the wheel and air them up, and they will remain inflated, unless there is damage to the tire or wheel. With that said, buying a tubeless tire doesn’t mean that you CAN’T use a tube. It simply means that the bead is designed to seal against the rim without the use of a tube” (from