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Old 12-20-2004, 03:22 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I don't know if this is the right place to post this, I didn't see a specific forum for this besides my year Bonneville... so far I've had to fill my front driver side tire two times in about two weeks. I was driving around today and noticed it felt a little tough to turn the wheel. I got out, and the tire basically looks like there is a lot of weight being displaced compared to normal... it just looked really flat, so I took it back to get air put in it to about 37PSI. But again this is the second time that it looked like this in a short time. If it'* a leak, it'* an insanely slow leak.

I live in NJ, yeah so there are temperature fluxes... but I don't think a flux like that would affect a tire that bad, plus it would affect the other tires as well [which are fine btw]. So what can I do to see if I have a leak, and if so how can I fix it? How much does it cost to get fixed professionally?

Also, another thing I noticed is that when I began driving after filling up the tire, my car wants to drift to the right easily. I don't know if it has been like this and I just noticed it, being a coincidence of filling my tire... or if it'* an alignment problem but I don't think it would be offset that quickly.
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fix-a-flat 3$ @ dollar store
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take the tire off of the car and and inspeck the tread for any obstrictions that could be lodged in the tire

next lay the rim down, get soapy water and pour the soapy water where the tire meets the rim, and fill the rim with air, and see if you see any bubbles, do this on the back side of the rim also

this will tell you if you have a leak between the rim and the tire

your valve stem could also be the culprit
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fix-a-flat 3$ @ dollar store
NOOOOO use that only for emergency situations. there are tire shops that will not put tires on your car if you have used Fix a flat in the past, as it gets on the rim and is impossible to get off
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The repair at a tire shop should not be more than $12 including balance. A slow leak can be hard to find though.
First check the valve stem and then the rim for leaks, use 2 tablespoons of dish soap to a spray bottle of water, watch for any air bubbles to form. You may want to increase the air pressure to about 45 psi to help open up the leak a bit more, use caution however. Then start spraying the tire tread and look closely in between the tread pattern looking for any bubbles.
A reputable shop after the repair will fill the tire and watch the pressure for an hour or so to ensure the tire has been sealed.
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get a plug in the tire at the tire shop
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NO PLUGS NO FIX A FLAT...jeez you guys really car guys????? Go to a Sears Auto Center....we do the finest flat repairs in the industry.......if it has a wheel leak then they can clean the wheel and use bead sealer (glues the tire and rim together) and if it has a pucture they can use a UniSeal tire repair device.....works from the inside to patch the tire and pulls and plug through the hole in the tire...they become a permanant part of your tire and are speed rated ( I drove 135 on one in my Saab once) even if you dont go to Sears make sure to NOT use FixA Flat and DO not use a tire plug....tire plugs are NOT a permantent repair and can and do cause more problems then there worth...we are constantly pulling out old plugs and replacing them with UniSeals at my shop.....repair should run 15 bucks and it includes the wheel being rebalanced.

I do not meen to push Sears on anyone, as not everyone has always gotten excellent svc at one becuase there cannot be as much consistency as not...but if you choose to get yer tire repaired at leat have them use a UniSeal device!!!!
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NO PLUGS NO FIX A FLAT...jeez you guys really car guys????? Go to a Sears Auto Center....we do the finest flat repairs in the industry.......if it has a wheel leak then they can clean the wheel and use bead sealer (glues the tire and rim together) and if it has a pucture they can use a UniSeal tire repair device.....works from the inside to patch the tire and pulls and plug through the hole in the tire...they become a permanant part of your tire and are speed rated ( I drove 135 on one in my Saab once) even if you dont go to Sears make sure to NOT use FixA Flat and DO not use a tire plug....tire plugs are NOT a permantent repair and can and do cause more problems then there worth...we are constantly pulling out old plugs and replacing them with UniSeals at my shop.....repair should run 15 bucks and it includes the wheel being rebalanced.

I do not meen to push Sears on anyone, as not everyone has always gotten excellent svc at one becuase there cannot be as much consistency as not...but if you choose to get yer tire repaired at leat have them use a UniSeal device!!!!
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arite arite it sounds like a friggin ad...but seriosely if yer gonna do the job then do it right....and thats just one place that does it right....as long as they do it right...LOL
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We use the same sort of fix at Wal-mart. We just call them patch/plug combos. They do work great (except when we run out of them and the boss doesn't order more!) But yeah, fix a flat is a pain. People tend to use it on the types of flats that it doesn't work on anyway (large hole, side wall puncture, etc..)
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