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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:27 pm
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My Rear Right Side tire is leaking air. But it's not a constant leak, only sometimes. Almost always goes down to about 1.5 bar.

I think it's to do with how the car is parked, like how the wheel is angled to the ground. Any idea what could cause something like that?

I drove on a bumpy road a few weeks ago, any chance i could have bent the rim and it's leaking from there around? That would suck :( What about one of those "quick repair" bottles you put in when you've had a flat. Would that fix it, or is it not to be recommended?
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:03 pm
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If the rim was bent and causing a leak, I feel sure that you would be able to see it. Clearly though you do have a minor air leak and if that was me I'd take it to the tyre repair shop to be sorted. Tyres are somewhat important on a car!
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:07 pm
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Quick and simple way to find the leak is to mix some everyday washing up liquid with water. Get a paint brush, dip it in the water and brush around. The leak will create some nice visible bubbles.

Sorry to hear you're having problems, hope they get sorted soon :beer:

Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:12 pm
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I wouldn't recommend one of the tyre weld bottles. Mechanics hate them because it takes an age to clean up the alloy and many won't touch a tyre replacement job where one has been used.
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:35 pm
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Alright. I'll see if i try the washing up liquid with water on sunday (when i've sobered up... :D ) and eitherway i'll take it to a shop of sorts on monday.
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Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:42 pm
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Chuzzbutt wrote:
Quick and simple way to find the leak is to mix some everyday washing up liquid with water. Get a paint brush, dip it in the water and brush around. The leak will create some nice visible bubbles.

Sorry to hear you're having problems, hope they get sorted soon :beer:



Exactly Chuzz :thumbup: even better take the wheel off and place it in water :thumbup:

Post Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:56 pm
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Check the valve too

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Post Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:43 am
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I was watching "Wheeler Dealers" a while back, and apparently the larger the diameter and wider the alloy wheel it is more prone to distortion, hence slow leaks around the outer rim :eusa-think:
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Post Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:39 pm
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Chuzzbutt wrote:
Quick and simple way to find the leak is to mix some everyday washing up liquid with water. Get a paint brush, dip it in the water and brush around. The leak will create some nice visible bubbles.

Sorry to hear you're having problems, hope they get sorted soon :beer:


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Post Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:46 pm
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mrizzle wrote:
Chuzzbutt wrote:
Quick and simple way to find the leak is to mix some everyday washing up liquid with water. Get a paint brush, dip it in the water and brush around. The leak will create some nice visible bubbles.

Sorry to hear you're having problems, hope they get sorted soon :beer:


Top tip that Chuzz!

Still used in engineering to this day mate. Quickest, simplest and cheapest way to search for air leaks :thumbup:

Post Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:51 pm
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Very cool Chuzz!
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Post Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:13 pm
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jactac wrote:
I was watching "Wheeler Dealers" a while back, and apparently the larger the diameter and wider the alloy wheel it is more prone to distortion, hence slow leaks around the outer rim :eusa-think:

So what would the fix for that be? Just buy a new rim?
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Post Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:02 am
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Tomas_90 wrote:
jactac wrote:
I was watching "Wheeler Dealers" a while back, and apparently the larger the diameter and wider the alloy wheel it is more prone to distortion, hence slow leaks around the outer rim :eusa-think:

So what would the fix for that be? Just buy a new rim?


Yeah think so, as you know scuffs and knocks can be repaired on an alloy wheel but I cannot see how a distorted wheel can be put right :eusa-think:

Most of the damage being shown could not be seen by the eye, but was causing handling and ride problem PLUS slow air leaks, and it wasn't taking a lot to cause some distortion.

From what I can recall of the show on TV, the problem is that the wider an alloy goes it loses it's strength.
Basically all the strength is highest closest to the hub so the further out and across the wheel goes the strength decreases.
Combine this with low profile tyres and a hard suspension suspension set up and your alloys will be are under a lot of stress, especially with the condition on some of the roads in the UK and our speed bumps . :thumbdown:

Wide alloys were far more prone to distortion/buckling from things like speed bumps and pot holes than narrower alloy wheels.
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Post Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:54 am
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Oh yeah right. Well i had the car to the local service place today and he found a small metal pin stuck in the tire which was probably the cause for the leaking.

Thin as a needle and about 2-3 cm long. Fixed it so i'll just have to wait and see if it holds up! :)

Atleast it sounds promising!
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Post Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:42 am
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Yeah, that's probably the problem. :thumbup:
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Post Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:09 am
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Check the jack point for damage after tyre repair. Hopefully you'll be ok.

Post Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:31 am
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I was standing next to him when he did the repair and it looked alright to me ;)
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