GOT MUD IN MY BEAD
When I was washing all the mud off after wheeling I heard a hiss. The water on the wheel was pointing out a slow leak. It's from right were the wheel weight is on the bead. My wheels are pretty new so it's not due to the wheel weight corroding. I learned that is rather common with older cars creating bead leaks. I aired down to 15 psi (when wheeling) so I'm almost certain that it's mud in the bead. I got pretty lucky that it was the driver front wheel, and I needed to do a tire rotation anyways.
I did a search and couldn't find any threads, so I figured I would start this one with my notes. Please leave any tips
because I haven't actually fixed the leak just yet.
TIRE STORE OPTION
I have read that some tire places will fix a flat for free, and someone got them to fix their bead for free. Other's have paid $20. I personally would rather save the money and figure out how to do it myself.
BREAKING THE BEAD
MARK THE STEM POSTION
Before breaking the bead it's not a bad idea to mark where the valve stem is on the tire. This will help you keep the wheel weights in the right spots if the tire was to rotate for some reason (or you were taking the tire off). Of course a tire shop can re balance them if needed. Harbor Freight also has a bubble wheel balance tool (I cannot say how great it is). Portable Wheel Balancer
FIND THE LEAK
You might not have to take the full bead off. You can find the leak spot the best with 50% water and soap mix. Just water works too.
RESEALING THE BEAD
- Use a special press tool
- Use a hi-lift base while jacking up rock rail or bumper. I have also seen a standard jack work also with the same technique.
(this is a really good video)*
Video Note: it is a good idea to use air to blow out any dirt around the bead before resetting it.
Nothing special about this video. Just another view of breaking the bead
- Drive onto the tire- He also mentions the following tips
I did not mention it in the comments but be sure to remove all the air from the tire first. This is easily done by removing the valve stem core.
Also be sure tire is clean before you reset it. Then after airing it back up, check for leaks by leaving the tire on its side and pour some soapy water in the groove and look for bubbles. If you have leaks pop it back off and clean it with a damp rag.
- Use a hi-lift extreme or Jack-mate accessory to clamp it. I didn't find any good examples of this.
A a ratchet strap (tie down) can be placed around the center of the tire to help with getting the seal started.
Here they use dish-washing soap and water
around the tires bead to help set the bead. There was another long winded video (not shown) where he suggested to just use 100% dishwasher soap.
Igniting flammable spray method
Here is another with the fire method. This time with carborator cleaner. Go to 3:30 to skip to the good part.