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    tyre help / query ...rims leaking

    hi folks
    hope everyone well

    i have an old ford maverick swb and im running BFG all terrains on it

    they are leaking slowly over 3 - 5 days no from 30-32 psi down to as low as 20 psi ...ive had the tyre checked and no slow punctures etc

    been told they are most likely leaking form the rims as this apparently common problem with older alloys.....

    my query

    can i put a tin of "tyre weld" in there ans ee f that slows or stops the leak? as ive been told that that stuff reacts with rubber in the tyre and knackers them ...or am i being fed pile of cobblers to buy new tyres?

    2 for 1 day

    2nd query ...wifes x-trail is no longer blowing out cold air with AC .reckon it needs charging again.....any recommendations as to where to get it done and how much i should be paying?

    or ive heard bout kits to do it yourself but im dubious bout these?

    cheers
    paul

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    Loss of air pressure on alloys is usually caused by the ally at the joint between the tyre and rim becoming oxidised, dry and flaky. Taking the tyres off, cleaning the area back to sound ally (ideally repainting or lacquering) and putting a thin smear of silicone plumber's grease on the wheel where the tyre lodges on it will often cure it.

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    As above spot on, but as most people don't have the tools or ability to remove & replace tyres you could take them to any tyre fitting garage and they would sort it for about 10 per wheel, or you could go to a specialist alloy wheel refurbishing garage expect to pay about 50 per wheel but they will come back like new.
    Wingy

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    Quote Originally Posted by David TS View Post
    Loss of air pressure on alloys is usually caused by the ally at the joint between the tyre and rim becoming oxidised, dry and flaky. Taking the tyres off, cleaning the area back to sound ally (ideally repainting or lacquering) and putting a thin smear of silicone plumber's grease on the wheel where the tyre lodges on it will often cure it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wingy View Post
    As above spot on, but as most people don't have the tools or ability to remove & replace tyres you could take them to any tyre fitting garage and they would sort it for about 10 per wheel, or you could go to a specialist alloy wheel refurbishing garage expect to pay about 50 per wheel but they will come back like new.
    Wingy
    Yeah this is what I had done to mine it was flakey around the rim they scraped it all off and painted what looked like some sort of grey primer around the rim and it's never been better.......

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    get some soapy water and run it round the rim when tyre is fully pumped.

    you will see very quickly where the seal is leaking.

    you can often seat them yourself with a well placed smack from a 4lb hammer (on the tyre wall not the rim!)
    often enough just to knock it and let the pressure seal it. did this on some myself just recently

    Failing that someone will have to push the bead of the rim, clean and give it a coat of seal and and reseat
    find an independant place and you should get it for less than 10 a corner

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    Quote Originally Posted by David TS View Post
    Loss of air pressure on alloys is usually caused by the ally at the joint between the tyre and rim becoming oxidised, dry and flaky. Taking the tyres off, cleaning the area back to sound ally (ideally repainting or lacquering) and putting a thin smear of silicone plumber's grease on the wheel where the tyre lodges on it will often cure it.
    +1

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    you can purchase stuff from halfords its like a rubber solution you put in to the tyre vale it seals every time you get a leek its not the inflating tyre stuff and balances the tires as it never gets hard onley when it finds a leek have a look on the internet as i cant remember what it is called

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    Your AC
    How long since it worked.
    Stay away from the DIY kits because if your sytem has a leak you will be just emptying a bottle of fridge gas into the sky.
    Stay away from HALFORDS
    Find a local AC specialist who can check if there is any gas left in the system
    If there is gas left in the system it is worth buying a DIY kit
    For more imformation PM me with a phone number and I will give you a ring
    AT THE AGE OF 50 I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO GROW OLD F***ING DISGRACEFULLY

  9. #9
    just put a tube in it

  10. #10
    Around me a re-gas on AC is between 35-45

    As the others have mentioned your alloys are oxidising at 10 a corner to rub down and reseal it's worth it-

    T

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