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Old 10 Jan 2009, 10:11 am
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Default Slow leak problem

I have an 04 PTGT with 17" stock steel chrome rims
Since the car was two years old, I have had problems with
slow leaks in all four tires
No one seems able to correct the problem
I would buy new aluminum rims, but right now I have
two sets of new tires, summer and winter
(I hate the low profile tires)Any suggestions?
Anyone else have this problem"
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Old 10 Jan 2009, 10:28 am
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Default Re: Slow leak problem

Lots of owners have the same problem. So far the only way I've heard to stop the leaking is to have a good tire shop take all the tires off and clean the inside of the rim of all the rust and debris so there's good contact for the tire. You might try all new valve stems (just in case) and have the tire shop use some sealer on the edge of the rim when the tires are re-mounted.
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Old 12 Jan 2009, 08:53 pm
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Default Re: Slow leak problem

As Crewzin noted, it's pretty common. The cause is the poor chrome plating on the stock wheels.
I have painted aluminum wheels (and on my '02) and zero problems.
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Old 14 Jan 2009, 09:36 am
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Default Re: Slow leak problem

Most tire stores have a sticky black brush on goo they can put on the beads that will usually work. It's not just these cars, I had a 98 eclipse with chromed aluminum wheels and the same thing happened with it and the goo worked.
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Old 15 Jan 2009, 08:42 am
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Default Re: Slow leak problem

Thanks for the replies
I"ll try the goop
If it doesn't work, new wheels
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Old 25 Jun 2009, 04:25 pm
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Default Re: Slow leak problem

I have an '01 w/chrome rims and one valve leaks badly. Six rubber valves and reaming the valve hole and the "goop" didn't help. Can't install the threaded gasket type valve with the washers and nuts because of the double wall design of the wheel. This car is going to be sold. I don't want to buy custom rims!

How about a radial tube?
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Old 25 Jun 2009, 05:09 pm
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Yes, I've heard of people putting tubes inside of radial tires to stop leaks. They usually do it because there's a cut in an expensive tire that won't hold air and they don't want to buy a new tire especially if it was a brand new tire with plenty of tread.
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Old 25 Jun 2009, 05:55 pm
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Default Re: Slow leak problem

ive been told by a few pt owners who have this problem with the chrome plated wheels best thing is to remove tyre and clean the rims right down past the chrome plate where the tyre seals to rim and use plenty of rim seal stuff if that dosnt work then its new wheels
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