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Rob Parsons
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From: Lebanon,TN
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posted 10-16-2002 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Parsons   Click Here to Email Rob Parsons     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The tires on my friends 99 GT keeps losing pressure. The car sat two weeks and all four tires went flat. He took the car to a dealer and the cleaned the bead and wheel. That did not fix the problem. They are still slowly losing pressure. Has anyone had a problem with tires not sealing to the wheel?

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wythors
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posted 10-16-2002 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wythors   Click Here to Email wythors     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The obvious thing to do is to take the car to a tire store and have the tire/wheel assemblies checked in a dunk tank. I've heard of one wheel on a car having an odd problem like a pinhole leak in the casting, a bad valve stem or not sealing at the bead. But all four? If this is a new occurance, I'd bet your friend drove through something that put a bunch of small holes in all four tires or somebody's messing with his valve stems.

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kcode
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posted 10-16-2002 11:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rob,
Have him check the valve core, make sure they are bottomed out in the stem. I kept losing air in two of the tires on my coupe, when Sears mounted the new tires on the TTD's rims they installed new stems and did not bottom the cores. Screwed the cores down and no more leaks.

Mike

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JoeC
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posted 10-17-2002 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoeC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the tires are well worn, they can be more susceptible to punctures as opposed to when they are new, but I'd also be inclined to look in the direction of the valve stems. I've had new tires mounted in the past and have had to go back and have defective valves/valve stems replaced. If you can't see anything visible on the tread, and your friend already had the bead checked, the dunk tank is the best approach to pinpointing the real problem. Good luck.

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Joe C.
2000 V6 Convertible

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Rob Parsons
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From: Lebanon,TN
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posted 10-18-2002 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Parsons   Click Here to Email Rob Parsons     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will have him double check those things. I was going to suggest to him to spray soapy water on the valve stem and around the bead to try and figure out where the air is leaking. Thanks for the input.

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Boss302
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posted 10-19-2002 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Soapy water works GREAT. Over the summer the right rear would always lose pressure. My dad sprayed soapy water over the rim and tire and we found out that there was corrosion(spelling?) on the valve and it wasn't sealing.

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