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tires losing air
« on: May 09, 2014, 04:13:37 PM »
 Bought new tires acouple of years ago, and I have two that wont hold air. I had them worked on at two or three places now with varying degrees of result.

 But once the weather changes hot to cold cold to hot they start losing air again bad. I was told by firestone and at dobbs the wheels are just too bad. Theyre the steel wheels.

 Cant find anything at any of the salvage yards or used parts places in St Louis at all.

 What can I do?

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Re: tires losing air
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2014, 04:29:51 PM »
the first step would be to find out where they are leaking and go from there.  It's amazing how bad a steel wheel can be and still seal.
 Have you tried using soapy water to find exactly where the leak is.

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Re: tires losing air
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2014, 05:06:17 PM »
the first step would be to find out where they are leaking and go from there.  It's amazing how bad a steel wheel can be and still seal.
 Have you tried using soapy water to find exactly where the leak is.
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 yes a little around the valve steam and lot around th enitire bead area.

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2014, 11:08:27 PM »
Any good tire shop will have some bead sealer. That stuff works wonders. If the rim is dirty or rusted a bit the best thing to do is have the tire dismounted and clean it really good. If you get it back down to bare metal shoot some paint on it and let it dry. Have the tire remounted, replace the valve stems and check for leaks. If still leaking a bit at the bead have the tire shop break the bead and spread some bead sealer around and reinflate it. I've had to do this many times over the years with old steel wheels.

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Re: tires losing air
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2014, 11:44:58 PM »
I found 'Slime' to be sufficient. Buy it at Wal-Mart. Instructions on the label. ;) Works on the kids bikes and such, as well, so the OL can't really complain! :D lol

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Re: tires losing air
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2014, 03:37:28 AM »
Outside of wheel doesn't mean spit, I've had much worse than that and they seal perfect. You MUST see what the inside bead looks like, the only way to find out is knock the tire off.

I do not use 'slime' or any other tire sealer, they are water based, pull tire after running it for a while and see how you've ruined the wheel. Slime will also make the wheel shake like unbalanced, BTDT. Fix the tire correctly like with a plug. I have used Walmart plugs for many years and got it worked out to now get about a 95% success rate the first time. A mod or two you need to do to get that though. Often I don't even pull the wheel.

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Re: tires losing air
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2014, 12:21:30 PM »
 Sorry it didnt post the way I thought it would when I added the image the text got put near it.

 I want to know if these wheels will work on a Pinto. Has anyone seen these or know what theyre from. I think some toyotas have the 4 lug wheels but cant be used. I found these on craigslist but he doesnt know what theyre from.

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Re: tires losing air
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2014, 04:32:48 PM »
 What do I need to check the lug spacing hes going to check. Should I measure the hub diameter and the distance from the back of the lug holes to the back edge of the tire?

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Re: tires losing air
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2014, 04:38:55 PM »
diameter of the hub hole. distance from center of one bolt hole to the center of the opposite bolt hole, and from the back of the mounting surface to the back edge of the wheel. measuring to the edge of the tire won't be accurate since their are many factors that would change the measurement, size of tire, amount of air in tire, etc.