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Old 11 Apr 2006, 11:17 am
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For many months now, the wifes 03 2.4 turbo with the CHROMED RIMS lose air constantly every few days. I turned the wheels to the other side, and you see all kinds of chrome flaking off the inside of the wheel.I finall took it to Chrysler and they say that they have noticed that problem with a few other PTs. They say you must grind the old chrome off so it does not get into the bead. Her car has 49.000 on her. It is not covered.

He say if it continues we should buy other wheel, or maybe steel wheels. I am not too happy with this news.

Anyone else with the same problems ??????????????????
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Old 11 Apr 2006, 01:36 pm
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Yes Kenny, we have seen others with the same problem. Too bad it didn't start before the warranty ran out, some owners have gotten new wheels from the dealer. Take the advise and have the lip cleaned up really well so the bead of the tire can seal better. Hopefully you can clean the lip and inside without it affecting the chrome on the outside. That should take care of the air leak.
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Old 11 Apr 2006, 05:37 pm
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thats stinks !! like crewzin said clean up the lip this wasy it will all be ok
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Old 11 Apr 2006, 06:46 pm
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Thanks guys, Can I use my trust dremel to do the job?> Should I do the entire area, and get as close as possible to where the metal hits the rubber !.

Chrysler said they would do it for me for $ 12.50 a wheel including re balance. I told the wife I can do it in the convenience of the garage. They said it would probably happen again...

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Old 11 Apr 2006, 08:56 pm
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why not call chrysler direct i know the car isnt covered by hey its only a phone call im sure they have heard of this problem before give it a try
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Old 11 Apr 2006, 09:56 pm
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Kenny,

At $12.50 a wheel including re-balancing, I'd go for it...but that's me. At least you can always take it back to them if it continues to leak.
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Old 11 Apr 2006, 11:50 pm
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Chrysler said if they do the job, it could happen again. I told the wife, why should I give them $ 50, I might as well do it myself as best I can. I can always take off each wheel and do a touch up job.

Since I never had a car with mags, I never new the inside of the wheel was installed with a cheaper version of aluminum that would peel off at some point in time..............
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Old 12 Apr 2006, 12:45 pm
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Do you have a way of getting tire off rim & remounting tire without scratching? How ya gonna balance the tires? $50 seems worth it to me.
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Old 15 Apr 2006, 02:24 am
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When I turned the mag wheel around, I followed the outer rim all around. At 2 different parts I found these little pieces that looked like little tits. It seemed to me that they were not produced correctly. I dont know if that is where I am losing air or what. My buddy who used to work for Caddy says, if I take her rims to a tire shop, they have this stuff that is more heavy then the standard lubricant that they put on for the bead. He says that once they put this stuff on, it seals everything solid.......
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Old 15 Apr 2006, 10:18 am
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Kenny,

Can you grind the little bumps off that you found? Sounds like they were left over from the process of making the wheel. Getting rid of those "tits" and using the thicker lubricant should do the job for you of keeping air in the tires.
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