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Old 11 Nov 2017, 04:11 pm
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So today I mounted my set of winter rims and tires and noticed I had a small bead leak coming for two of the tires. I should note that I know that these rims are old and are beat up but workable. Not wanting to fuss with it where it is cold in Massachusetts today, I took it to my local mechanic to clean up the rims and seal the beads. He told me he got the bead to seal well but to be aware that these rims are pretty beat up and it took some work.

Fast forward a few hours and I feel a gigantic pull to the right as I'm driving, undoubtedly a flat tire. One of the tires I had my mechanic earlier had popped off the bead and now the rim is ruined. I didn't run over any nails, screws, etc. Do you think I have the right to go back to my mechanic and argue that they owe me a new rim? We've had a good relationship with this mechanic for many years and I don't want to put it in jeopardy over this.
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Old 11 Nov 2017, 04:17 pm
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Good luck but I think they will say it was one of many things that they are NOT responsible for. The rims needed a lot of work that was not of their doing. Don't ruin a good relationship that you have with them.....
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Old 11 Nov 2017, 04:35 pm
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He told me he got the bead to seal well but to be aware that these rims are pretty beat up and it took some work.
He told you that he do his best but rims are bad..
otherwise, buy new one. He just didnt want to say that..

So my opinion is its your loss

If he is good guy and like you said you have good relationship you can buy new ones from him and tell that next time say straight if your car needs something new besides try to make things new
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Old 11 Nov 2017, 04:35 pm
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He probably put a good bit of effort into trying to make them work for you. I wouldn't complain about it.
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Old 11 Nov 2017, 04:39 pm
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I'd agree with all the above. . . he did tell you!
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Old 11 Nov 2017, 05:07 pm
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I agree. I paid dirt cheap for them, just hoping to use them as winter beaters, tires were 2 years old with 6/32 left.

Just wanted to see the opinions here because people I know at home are telling me to make them pay for a new one. I took the risk and unfortunately failed this time. Sometimes you get a good deal, sometimes you don't.

In the meantime I've mounted my normal set back on and am back and running. Will just have to take extra procaution this winter to rinse off road salt ASAP.
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Old 11 Nov 2017, 05:18 pm
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In a pinch ,can you install a tube in a tubeless tire?
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Old 11 Nov 2017, 05:42 pm
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Take it back to the Guy and say "At least we tried. Any other ideas?"

Maybe he has another rim.

But don't put the failure on him. He tried.
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Old 11 Nov 2017, 07:45 pm
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Take it back to the Guy and say "At least we tried. Any other ideas?"

Maybe he has another rim.

But don't put the failure on him. He tried.
+1 Do this. Perfect advice.
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Old 11 Nov 2017, 07:55 pm
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+1 Do this. Perfect advice.
And that way you're not directly saying to him that he did anything wrong and wanting to try to hold him completely responsible for the failure. He the best with what he had to work with, and he did warn you up front. Also, he might feel bad that his work failed and he may have another solution.
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