simple little things that takes hours.

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  1. Jimmac

    Jimmac Veteran Member

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    wanted to put the centerlines back on the camaro so I took the fronts to discount to get some new rubber. I'm looking thru the glass and the guy cant get the bead to quit leaking. after 4 trys its brought up front ready to go. I get home, toss the wheels in the shed and call it a day. Go out this morning and 1 tire is at 15psi, pump it up, run water on the bead and sure enough its leaking. I bust the tire off the rim (harbor frieght tire buster) and the bead is gunned up with old fix a flat so a break out the scotch brite, clean it real nice but notice theres some putting around d the bead. fill it back up, sure enough the bead still leaks.
    run to the parts store, get a can of bead sealer, bust the tire down again, coat the bead and fill it one more time. success! I think its 95* in the shade. Could have probably taken it back, but I wanted it done today.
    Gotta love the little things. jim
     
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    I'd think any tire shop could get that sealed right. Get the wheel clean, if it's a bit rough put a good layer of patching glue on the tire bead and get it together quick. Never had a failure with that. And Walmart (and discount too I'd think) has a sealer compound that is really good stuff, seals about anything. Your installer must have been a new guy?

    Tire work on a hot day, ugh.
     
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    I've seen gas stations use grease
     
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    not a new guy just the NEW TYPICAL GUY!!! :(
     
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    A tip shown to me from an old timer...I've cleaned a corroded rim bead and used some brake fluid rubbed on to tire bead. Has worked every time.
     
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    I've done that many times through the years. Clean the rust off and unless it's got chrome flaking off, grease will seal it every time. Chrome flakes are the only thing I've never fixed with a grease bead smeared with my finger.
     
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    Didn't even think about grease. Would have saved 14 bucks. Jim
     
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    Would those be Kellogg's Chrome Flakes? LOL. I have used Permatex High Tack for the last 20 years and in that time only 1 rim leaked, it had a hairline crack.
     
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    on the bead surface? ever see tires spin on the rim? BTW grease/oil breaks down rubber.
     
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    I've seen passenger car tires move on the wheel. might happen on stopping and other times, not just burnouts. We'd have to mark them and then check when they come back in for a vibration issue. rare, but happens.

    Hell, gm had the problem with the 2014 z28
     
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