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Walter Buller
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 12:27 pm    Post subject: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

After we finished the conversion on the "94 Chevy Dually with the Cummins motor, I put a set of 6 commercial duty 10 ply "Thunderers" under it. Got all six for $630 total on Amazon, free shipping. I have been very happy with their ride and wear. However, about 6 months after installing them, the left front tire began leaking, and still does. If I pump it up to 73#, in 24 hrs. it will be down to 45#, but won't go much if any lower than that until I pump it back up again. I have wasted a half gallon of a strong detergent solution looking for a bubble but to no avail. I took it to a tire shop and had them put it into their water bath and even after spending a good 15 minutes looking for a bubble, none appeared. They guessed that maybe the valve stem might be leaking intermittently so they installed a new one but it made no difference. I am perplexed. Anybody got any ideas?
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 12:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Might be the wheel, but only guessing. Seems it would show up under water though.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Sounds like the bead is leaking, have a GOOD tire shop dismount the tire from the rim and clean both rim and tire bead, remount using a good quality bead sealer. Those aluminum rims are noted for bead leaks.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 4:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mix some dish soap with water in a fairly stout solution. Spray the side walls and beads let set over night. You will need to remove the wheel from the vehicle for this or at least it works better that way. The leak will look like shaving cream on the leak. The foam will be real fine. Also look closely at the stem for leaks or the core. When I have leaks the first thing I look at is the core then stem then beads and side walls.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 5:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If 16 inch tires, put a tube in it
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 5:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Go back to the tire shop and get or take a kid with good eyes to look for bubbles. Local shop found a leak in wife's Explorer that took 2 months to turn low tire light on. There was just one or two bubbles every minute. I had took it off at home and put in horse trough, I couldn't see a thing. Also tried dawn.
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 3:41 am    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Take the rim off of the truck and lay it flat on the ground. spray a soapy solution of dish soap so it pools around the bead/rim area all around the tire and let it sit. Come back 15 minutes later. If no bubbles appear, flip it over and repeat. It's probably a bead leak as stated. If you find one mark the spot with tire chalk both the tire and rim. As ramblineagle stated, it is pretty common.
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 3:46 am    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My similar experience was on a 2004 Crown Vic that turned out to have TWO steel wheels that had rusted through on the inside weld bead.
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 7:35 am    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I appreciate everybody's response. I'm going back to the tire shop. This time, unlike the first time, I'm going to have them put 80# of pressure in
the tire before it's put into the water. Should have done that the first time, because when it gets down to 45# it stops leaking..
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 6:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The outside aluminum wheels on dads dually leak and they always have nothing we?ve tried works i think I?m going to slime them
 
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

SLow leaks esp drive me crazy.. i had one on my flatbed trailer..I put a hose on it slow ...nothing...I brought it to work where we have an old bathtub filled that with water..NOTHING..until i happen to jiggle the valve stim..BINGO..
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 2:48 am    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We tried that. No bubbles. Installed a new one just in case. Still leaks.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 2:54 am    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have seen Green Slime perform miracles but not this time, not yet anyway. I put 12 pumps in that tire. Still leaks as of yesterday. You can't put too much slime in an automobile tire. If you do you will unbalance it. Rides rough afterwards.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 8:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wonder what would happen if you black permatex the bead of the rim then put the tire on
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 9:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Tire leaking. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I haven't done that simply because there were no bubbles coming from the bead or from anywhere else. However, yesterday I put 84# of pressure in that tire. This morning there was still 84# in it. I don't understand, unless the bead had not fully seated yet at the original pressure of 65#, but if that is the case, why were there no bubbles coming from the bead?
 
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