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Old 10-31-2011, 07:31 PM   #1
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tire leaking air

aftermarket 19s and 235/45/19 general exclaim tires. one of the tires leaks air and has to be refilled every week. Could this be a valve stem issue? I've had this setup for a while and this just recently started. I don't have the tools at the moment to lift the car to inspect the rim, but I cannot feel any bends in the rims when driving and it is the front driver side tire

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Take the wheel off and use water/soap to see where it's leaking from.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:34 PM   #3
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Take the wheel off and use water/soap to see where it's leaking from.
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+1 to soapy water. A spray bottle works well.
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dowse it with the soapy water solution, either brush it on or spray it on. Where ever it's leaking air from will start to form bubbles.
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aftermarket 19s and 235/45/19 general exclaim tires. one of the tires leaks air and has to be refilled every week. Could this be a valve stem issue? I've had this setup for a while and this just recently started. I don't have the tools at the moment to lift the car to inspect the rim, but I cannot feel any bends in the rims when driving and it is the front driver side tire

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I had same issue about 6yrs ago, kept refilling every week,eventually weakend sidewall enough and it exploded on the freeway almost killed me. Take it to tire place immediately!!!

If checking for leaks also check schreader valve stem often overlooked, can go bad.
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what can go bad besides the rim being bent?
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Bent rim, bad valve stem or a pinhole in the sidewall
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Bent rim, bad valve stem or a pinhole in the sidewall
since I don't have the tools to take the tire off now, can I just change the valve stem and spray some compound that seals leaks in the tire and see what that does?
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since I don't have the tools to take the tire off now, can I just change the valve stem and spray some compound that seals leaks in the tire and see what that does?
Spray stuff ruins tires go ahead do that if u never want to repair it. Stem change is easy, go buy a new schreader valve first.
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Also could be a cracked rim. keep an eye out for that.
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since I don't have the tools to take the tire off now, can I just change the valve stem and spray some compound that seals leaks in the tire and see what that does?
Really... The car comes with a jack and the tools to take the tire off.

The tire shops will use a water vat to look for the leak, same principle as the soapy water.

If you don't want to do it yourself, then take it to Les Schwab (if you have one around you) and they'll probably fix it for free.

Edit: Couldn't see you were from FL while I was leaving the post - Les Schwab is more of a West coast thing...
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:50 PM   #13
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aftermarket 19s and 235/45/19 general exclaim tires. one of the tires leaks air and has to be refilled every week. Could this be a valve stem issue? I've had this setup for a while and this just recently started. I don't have the tools at the moment to lift the car to inspect the rim, but I cannot feel any bends in the rims when driving and it is the front driver side tire

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Take the tire off of the car and drop the wheel into a tank of water, look for where the bubbles come from. Your tire shop should be doing this...
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How? Drive to the tire shop, ANY tire shop. America's Tire Store (aka, Discount Tire Store in some parts of the country) will do tire repairs for free. If the tire is leaking, they will repair it. If the rim is leaking, they will be able to figure out where it is leaking from and either fix it or tell you bought somebody's crap off of eBay.
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+1 on the soapy water. Or you could just take it to a tire shop and have them deal with it. If you get the tire repaired/patched make sure they rebalance it. Simple enough but a lot of people forget.
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Also could be a cracked rim. keep an eye out for that.
+1.

Had this happen this past summer. Replaced valve stems, checked tire, still kept leaking. Turned out to be a crack in the rim.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:59 PM   #17
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Really? ...i think there is 6.5 bolts to undo, maybe the tire size should have been 20 inches instead of 19, ......i like this forum there is some useful information here....but sometimes i wonder....
maybe the grocery store can check the tire?
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