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    DIY Fix Slow Tyre Pressure Leak (Car)

    Have to pump the wheel up daily, quite annoying.

    Taken the wheel off a few days ago and could not see anything sticking out i.e. nail, glass etc.

    I suspect a faulty valve / not seated correctly / damaged wheel rim.

    I'm thinking about buying some Tyre Bead Sealer and a new valve and doing it myself.

    Any hints, tips for getting wheel off etc?

    14 Comments

    For the sake of £12 getting it taken off, seat cleaned and new valve and refitted, is it worth the faffing around? Don't goto kwikfit etc, find an independent garage and I'm sure it'll work out better in the long term.

    Take the wheel off. Fully inflate the tyre (to correct pressure) and stick it in a bowl (or more likely your bath unless you have a very big bowl ) of water and watch for where the bubbles form from. You can also use soapy water and just coat the tyre in it bit by bit as air escaping from the tyre will form bubbles in the soap.

    Getting the tyre off and back on the rim without a tyre machine will be hard work. If its not hard work that's probably where the issue is. Personally I would just take it to a tyre repair place and see if they can locate the issue. Last time I took a tyre to get repaired it cost me about £8. Can only do repair in the treaded area though obviously if its the valve that can be replaced.

    PS: If you have to pump it up daily it's gonna bubble in the bath pretty quickly!

    Edited by: "CyDoNiA" 26th Sep 2016

    Take wheel off and fill bath with water.You will now see where air is escaping.

    soapy water in a spray bottle spray around the rim and valve area without the dust cap on, check for any bubbles, unless its the valve i wouldn't do it your self

    since tyres are your connection to the road, for the sake of all of us on here who may be near you, just go and pay a tenner to get it fixed.

    Banned

    I take it that this is a car tyre...

    Get this if it's in the tyre. amazon.co.uk/Xtr…air

    Garages charge £20 for a repair where I live.

    Derby_Lad

    For the sake of £12 getting it taken off, seat cleaned and new valve and … For the sake of £12 getting it taken off, seat cleaned and new valve and refitted, is it worth the faffing around? Don't goto kwikfit etc, find an independent garage and I'm sure it'll work out better in the long term.



    100% this, Daft to mess around, Cost me less than that at local tyre place.

    If that's a car tyre and you have been pumping it up every day and driving on it , you may well have damaged it . Take it to a specialist . It'll cost you a few quid if it is fixable , it could cost you your life if it is not .

    had a damaged valve on mine , local tyre place removed tyre put new valve in £5, bargain

    check the valve first, soapy water or "saliva" i had this problem and now own one of these.. sorted
    amazon.co.uk/Sil…key

    if your losing all pressure from anywhere else , its worth the £10-£15 to get it fixed

    If it's an alloy wheel then it may require refurbishment. Alternatively a tyre place should remove the tyre and clean the rim with a wire brush tool then apply a black sealant along the tyres rim.

    My local independent tyre fitter charged me £8 for a new valve, last time they repaired a puncture I think it was around £12. Hardly worth faffing around with it yourself for these sorts of prices. Also are the guys at the start serious about putting the tyre in their baths, can you imagine the dirt that would come off of that, can only assume they aren't the ones responsible for keeping the bathroom clean oO

    tinkerbellian

    My local independent tyre fitter charged me £8 for a new valve, last time … My local independent tyre fitter charged me £8 for a new valve, last time they repaired a puncture I think it was around £12. Hardly worth faffing around with it yourself for these sorts of prices. Also are the guys at the start serious about putting the tyre in their baths, can you imagine the dirt that would come off of that, can only assume they aren't the ones responsible for keeping the bathroom clean oO



    try a neighbours swimming pool then!
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