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Old 11-16-2010, 05:32 PM   #1  
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I know that the chipping on inside of the rim, or the corrosion is what's causing my tires leaks and I want to know what is the best ways to combat and fix this problem? What are some alternative ways to fix them. At a tire shop I heard them say maybe take the rim and have the corrosion buildup sanded off good or something, and they said to truly do it the right way would require the wheel being left maybe for a day so they can work on it and get all of that stuff off. I am really down for doing it and getting it done so I can be done with the problem and if not 100 % fixed, at least to where I won't have to put much air in it when I do and maybe once or twice a week. Once every few wks would be great as now for instance I put air in there Sunday in the back tire and now it is back down again to where it definitely needs some in.
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I know that the chipping on inside of the rim, or the corrosion is what's causing my tires leaks and I want to know what is the best ways to combat and fix this problem? What are some alternative ways to fix them. At a tire shop I heard them say maybe take the rim and have the corrosion buildup sanded off good or something, and they said to truly do it the right way would require the wheel being left maybe for a day so they can work on it and get all of that stuff off. I am really down for doing it and getting it done so I can be done with the problem and if not 100 % fixed, at least to where I won't have to put much air in it when I do and maybe once or twice a week. Once every few wks would be great as now for instance I put air in there Sunday in the back tire and now it is back down again to where it definitely needs some in.
I've got the same problem as you with 2 of my rims. One is losing 3 lbs of pressure a week, and the other is losing 1lb of pressure per week. As a result, I have to add more air every 2-3 weeks. I got some prices in having the rims refinished and reconditioned, but it doesn't seem worthwhile as i'm just going to get a new set of rims instead once my current tires wear out. This of course is in my old Focus as my new Fusion better not have this problem as it is only a year old.

You can check out Tire Rack as they really do have some good prices on replacement rims.
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I've got the same problem as you with 2 of my rims. One is losing 3 lbs of pressure a week, and the other is losing 1lb of pressure per week. As a result, I have to add more air every 2-3 weeks. I got some prices in having the rims refinished and reconditioned, but it doesn't seem worthwhile as i'm just going to get a new set of rims instead once my current tires wear out. This of course is in my old Focus as my new Fusion better not have this problem as it is only a year old.

You can check out Tire Rack as they really do have some good prices on replacement rims.
I have a GT mustang converted Saleen and have the Authentic Saleen wheels and I sure aint getting new rims lol so that's why I need to find the best way for them to be fixed or slowed down drastically. I wish they were leaking as yours is, mine is leaking at a much much faster rate than that. I have to add once a week to the driver's side rear and once to the front as well. But the Rear every few days, maybe every 3, will be evidently down from 40 lbs to about 20.
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Take them in and have them buff/sand off the bad parts, it shouldn't be all the way around the rim. Then they can put some goop is what I call it, on the inside and it helps seal it back up. Holds until the tire is busted back off the rim. It is what I have had to do. My problem is the chrome wheel is not "all" chrome and the inside bead where the chrome ends and the steel begins is where it is flaking and causing the seep we are experiencing. It sounds like the tire shop doesn't want to deal with, probably because they would do it as a free service, if its where you bought your tires. But go early in the morning when they open and tell them to just bust it down and buff/sand the inner bead and goop it up and it will be good to go. It takes my shop about 15 minutes a tire, and that is re-balancing also...
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Take them in and have them buff/sand off the bad parts, it shouldn't be all the way around the rim. Then they can put some goop is what I call it, on the inside and it helps seal it back up. Holds until the tire is busted back off the rim. It is what I have had to do. My problem is the chrome wheel is not "all" chrome and the inside bead where the chrome ends and the steel begins is where it is flaking and causing the seep we are experiencing. It sounds like the tire shop doesn't want to deal with, probably because they would do it as a free service, if its where you bought your tires. But go early in the morning when they open and tell them to just bust it down and buff/sand the inner bead and goop it up and it will be good to go. It takes my shop about 15 minutes a tire, and that is re-balancing also...
My experience with those bead sealers hasn't been too positive. It doesn't seem to be a permanent solution, especially if you subject it to serious heat. Back when I had my Trailblazer SS, I had a problem with one of the tires seeping over time and the dealer simply used a bead sealer. Everything was fine until I was driving across the Nebraska plains on a 98 degree day back in 2008 with the cruise control at 81 mph when the bead sealer appeared to have liquidfied. My tire started leaking again and I noticed it seeping out of the tire valve(the shrader valve where you put air in). It ended up destroying my tire pressure monitor sensor, which is integreated with the valve.
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My experience with those bead sealers hasn't been too positive. It doesn't seem to be a permanent solution, especially if you subject it to serious heat. Back when I had my Trailblazer SS, I had a problem with one of the tires seeping over time and the dealer simply used a bead sealer. Everything was fine until I was driving across the Nebraska plains on a 98 degree day back in 2008 with the cruise control at 81 mph when the bead sealer appeared to have liquidfied. My tire started leaking again and I noticed it seeping out of the tire valve(the shrader valve where you put air in). It ended up destroying my tire pressure monitor sensor, which is integreated with the valve.
from what i have heard, the stuff they put on there is supposed to dry up hard so i wonder how it would have liquified lol?
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from what i have heard, the stuff they put on there is supposed to dry up hard so i wonder how it would have liquified lol?
Yes, that was why I was so puzzled. Maybe there some some condensation built up inside the tire? Maybe it combined with the sealer and under high temperatures kinda turned into a misty powder? All I know was that it was oozing out of my valve stem, and ended up destroying the TPMS that is integrated. By the end of my trip back home from Colorado, the TPMS had completely failed and lit up a warning on my dash.
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Yes, that was why I was so puzzled. Maybe there some some condensation built up inside the tire? Maybe it combined with the sealer and under high temperatures kinda turned into a misty powder? All I know was that it was oozing out of my valve stem, and ended up destroying the TPMS that is integrated. By the end of my trip back home from Colorado, the TPMS had completely failed and lit up a warning on my dash.
well i don't have any of that tpms stuff in my tires system as my stang is a 95 should i should be fine
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Been working good for me for about 7yrs now on 2 of my wheels. I've been in a couple 100 degree plus days, and of course some spirited driving with some tire chrip, and it holds rock solid. However, it is not a permanent fix for sure...
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