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Old 10-21-2011, 07:08 AM   #1
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Crazy Tire Question

Seemed to have developed a flat on the drive to work this morning. I can't find any shrapnel or anything, it seems like the air is escaping right from the edge where the tire meets the rim. But the tire itself looks like it's seated fine, can I tell by eye if I popped a bead?

And since I thought I read it elseware, and I'm so very not used to owning a new vehicle..... is there any type of warranty on the tires? Can I get a dealership to replace it/fix it for free?

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Old 10-21-2011, 07:15 AM   #2
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If you popped the bead it would be off the rim. The dealer might take care of it, depending on the milieage.

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Old 10-21-2011, 07:25 AM   #3
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So if it looks fine but the air appears to be coming from the seal, thoughts? I was lucky enough to drive through a puddle after airing up, so I could actually feel and hear where it was coming from
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So if it looks fine but the air appears to be coming from the seal, thoughts? I was lucky enough to drive through a puddle after airing up, so I could actually feel and hear where it was coming from
Could be a bent rim. Have you hit any curbs or potholes?
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:29 AM   #5
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When you say hit, you you mean run over or somehow clipped from the side? My commute goes over a road being stripped with exposed manhole covers and sections of raised pavement, I usually think nothing of it when I drive over everything thing. I figured with the big rubber on (even if it is only the stock 32s) there wasnt much danger
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Could be either, but you would have had to hit it pretty hard.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:10 AM   #7
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yeah i mean, i rock 35 psi, so its not like theyre aired up, and i think the fastest ive done that stretch is at 35 mph. so i'd be shocked. how obviously would a bent rim be? is it easy for a place like a tire shop to see?
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:13 AM   #8
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Spray it with some soapy water and watch for bubbles... Once you know for sure where it's leaking it'll be easier to establish your plan of action. Sometimes there are nails/stuff buried in the tread that are almost impossible to see until you know exactly where to look. If it is only leaking at the bead, then you know that there's an issue with the wheel and it'll need to be replaced...

Iirc, you were wheeling pretty recently, and it's possible you jammed a stick or rock or something in there to cause a slight leak at the bead.
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:15 AM   #9
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I'm not sure where you are, but if you have a Discount Tire nearby they fix flats for free if it can be repaired. They will remove the tire from the rim and tell you what the problem is. If they can fix it they will. That include mounting and balancing.
I know from experience. I had a flat after a week of owning my Jeep.
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yeah thats where I'm going at lunch, so hopefully theyll take care of me. I'm hoping its something simple like I got a hobo jammed up in my wheel or something equally easy to fix. I'd be wary of riding around on a patched tire, and annouyed at having to convert a tire into an emergency only spare
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I guess the picture was fitting. Took it to a tire shop, turns out the bead has slipped off. Took the tire off, a few pounds of mud fell out. Whoops. But hey, not only is my tire holding air again, but the TPMS light finally cleared. Hooray
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YAY! So how did the mud get there ..

PS: your pic doesn't work
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I bet you can guess how it got in there!
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I bet you can guess how it got in there!
That might cause it!
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Could be a bent rim. Have you hit any curbs or potholes?
Looks like you're going to have to start adding "has the vehicle been on its side in a ditch recently?" to your tire troubleshooting script.
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I bet you can guess how it got in there!
haven't seen it from that angle yet.. very nice

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