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Old 10-05-2012, 09:16 AM
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I'm getting pretty upset here, I have 3 tires losing air right now, about 10lbs a night. I cant find any punctures, no cracks in the wheels, and they have new valve stems. Any ideas?
Fill the bathtub halfway with water and stick the wheel in there to find bubbles. Found a practically invisible hairline crack in one that way.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:17 AM
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Why would that help though? Can you mount a tire in such a way that it wouldn't hold air? I figured its all all or nothing deal; its either ON the wheel or NOT on the wheel


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Fill the bathtub halfway with water and stick the wheel in there to find bubbles. Found a practically invisible hairline crack in one that way.

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I'll have to wait for the gf to leave, she certainly wouldn't approve

That being said, is there anyway to fix a hairline crack without removing the wheel and having it welded?
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:17 AM
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Fill the bathtub halfway with water and stick the wheel in there to find bubbles. Found a practically invisible hairline crack in one that way.

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:18 AM
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Why would that help though? Can you mount a tire in such a way that it wouldn't hold air? I figured its all all or nothing deal; its either ON the wheel or NOT on the wheel
Could be a small hole that you can't see...the water will make bubbles if there is air coming out anywhere.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:22 AM
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Also, I figure for an investment of the gasket $30 bucks, and 2 hours of my time. It's got to more sealed than I am now.
However, I am leary of stuff falling into the pan and getting sucked up and through the engine.

Was thinking it would be good to flush out the pan somehow after being complete...???
im not really worried about dropping much debre in there, the gasket is metal so shouldnt it be intact?
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:40 AM
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could try having them re-mounted?
This. One of my tires was losing 10 psi after 3 days. While washing the wheels I pinpointed the leak to a 2 inch segment at the bead. Apparently the bead just lost seal because its fine now after being remounted.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:47 AM
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Also, I figure for an investment of the gasket $30 bucks, and 2 hours of my time. It's got to more sealed than I am now.
However, I am leary of stuff falling into the pan and getting sucked up and through the engine.

Was thinking it would be good to flush out the pan somehow after being complete...???
Alan...I have a gasket if you want it. I bought it when CJ was working on the car and there was a suspected gasket leak. IIRC, the e46 an e36s are the same size. You can have it for the price of a Starbucks Latte
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:50 AM
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:52 AM
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Alternatively, you can check them like a tire shop does.

Take a squeeze bottle of dish soap, (with just a little bit in it) fill it with water, run it over the tire. You can do this outside, and it will bubble up at any leaks.

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Old 10-05-2012, 10:05 AM
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I found one leak on the front tire, from around the rubber neck of the valve stem (technical name?), is it possible to just replace that without needing to remove the tire + balancing the wheels?

According to Holmes tires, it will cost me $30 a wheel to have it dismounted, wheels buffed to remove pits from bead, valve stems replaced, mounted + balanced :/
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:09 AM
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:19 AM
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Look around. That usually costs $15-20 here.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:23 AM
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Bad news for CA gas, Chad. Valero halted wholesale transactions due to the refinery outages. Expecting $5+/gal here soon.



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Old 10-05-2012, 10:23 AM
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Look around. That usually costs $15-20 here.
CarX just quoted me at "up to $30" per tire, but said it would probably run around $20/tire if all they need to do is pop it off the bead and replace the rubber valve stems. Plus, I'll get an oil change, check up, rotation, and wiper blades for an additional $30
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:24 AM
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I found one leak on the front tire, from around the rubber neck of the valve stem (technical name?), is it possible to just replace that without needing to remove the tire + balancing the wheels?

According to Holmes tires, it will cost me $30 a wheel to have it dismounted, wheels buffed to remove pits from bead, valve stems replaced, mounted + balanced :/
That's a hell of a deal for all that work. But yes, you can do it without the balancing if it's just the valve stem.

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Old 10-05-2012, 10:31 AM
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Bad news for CA gas, Chad. Valero halted wholesale transactions due to the refinery outages. Expecting $5+/gal here soon.



Bad time to own an X5. Wish I bought a diesel E90 when I had the chance.
It's already $5 here. But I'm not really affected any more now that I'm taking ACE.

Filling up the Rovers will still suck, but I won't be dumping as much gas in now. I haven't filled up the Disco all week and still have half a tank. I bet the Chevron by my house is missing me.

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Old 10-05-2012, 10:32 AM
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Well I'm gonna bring it to the CarX place I think, they'll do the same work, plus they have a billion coupons for cheap labor. If I can trick them into doing my spark plugs for cheap that'd be excellent

Or I can just keep filling them up and wait until I mount the snow tires in two months..
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That's a hell of a deal for all that work. But yes, you can do it without the balancing if it's just the valve stem.

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If you remove the tire at all it will need to be balanced.

Ryan, it could be the valve stem, actual valve, tire to wheel bead isn't seated, or small hole. It's probably the bead, the wheel will need to be sanded and cleaned at the bead.

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Old 10-05-2012, 11:00 AM
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If you remove the tire at all it will need to be balanced.

Ryan, it could be the valve stem, actual valve, tire to wheel bead isn't seated, or small hole. It's probably the bead, the wheel will need to be sanded and cleaned at the bead.

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Well I just dumped soapy water on the 3 that are leaking, and I have bubbles by the 3 valve stems, so I'm hoping that's the only leak. Regardless, I'm only gonna get those 3 done, as I can play with the wheels later when I install the Blizzaks.
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Alan...I have a gasket if you want it. I bought it when CJ was working on the car and there was a suspected gasket leak. IIRC, the e46 an e36s are the same size. You can have it for the price of a Starbucks Latte
Wait me? I'm not Alan... but my little brothers name is Allen. I'm Patrick

however. DEAL! I'll take you up on that! < Where in Mass are you?
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If you remove the tire at all it will need to be balanced.

Nope. If the tire was already balanced when it came in they can chalk it and just match the chalk when they reinstall. No sense in paying to redo something that's already correct.




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He does have a name! We all thought you were like most financial analysts, faceless and nameless.





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He does have a name! We all thought you were like most financial analysts, faceless and nameless.


Those are accountants Us finance people figure out how to make what you want happen... we work around the rules

Didn't know it was that much of a mystery


Oh and my parents are in SF today. To rub it in, they keep sending me pictures. They will be watching the blue angels tomorrow. I asked again where my invite to come was. It was pretty quite on the phone for a minute
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Those are accountants Us finance people figure out how to make what you want happen... we work around the rules

Didn't know it was that much of a mystery


Oh and my parents are in SF today. To rub it in, they keep sending me pictures. They will be watching the blue angels tomorrow. I asked again where my invite to come was. It was pretty quite on the phone for a minute
This weekend is going to be insane. So much going on in the city, it will be soooo crowded. America's Cup, Bluegrass concert, parades, Fleet week, Giants home game...

Sadly I have to go in an out of SF twice this weekend...
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So I guess we're yin and yang since I'm in compliance.


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Old 10-05-2012, 11:27 AM
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oh you compliance people drive me insane!





but really, I follow the rules that I need to follow. 95% of my projects are gov't related. WAY to many rules. then there is the company rules, which are generally more strict than my clients rules. but whatever.


I just had a big arugment with the gov't compliance guy. I was making my company pay a $150 change fee that was caused by management and not my project. compliance guy kept telling me the project needed to pay for it. Lets just say that I won and he doesn't know it yet.



QUOTE=petriej;7115850]This weekend is going to be insane. So much going on in the city, it will be soooo crowded. America's Cup, Bluegrass concert, parades, Fleet week, Giants home game...

Sadly I have to go in an out of SF twice this weekend...[/QUOTE]

should be a good time for you right? HAHA best of luck! They are staying in the city. Don't even have a car till sunday when they head to napa.
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