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Old 17 Jan 2007, 03:09 am
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bought a used 2002 pt crusier... love the car, but have replaced stems twice... and wonder how expensive steel rims are?? Do I have to replace them? Have no clue.

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Old 17 Jan 2007, 10:02 am
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Alyce,

There's quite a few owners that have reported air loss from the earlier (2001-2003) chrome rims. You didn't say if you had the chrome, but I'm assuming you do. Apparently the chrome on those rims, in some cases, starts to peel/flake and causes a build up of tiny pieces on the edge of the wheel. The best thing to do is have the tires taken off the wheels and have the complete edge of each wheel sanded and smoothed down to where the tire will seat properly and not loose air.

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Old 17 Jan 2007, 02:22 pm
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welcome to the board!! and what type of wheels do you have ??
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Old 18 Jan 2007, 12:28 am
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Hi..... Yes...chrome wheels....is that the only solution to sand the wheel rims?

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Old 18 Jan 2007, 09:41 am
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Hi..... Yes...chrome wheels....is that the only solution to sand the wheel rims?

Alyce
Well, yes, unless you buy new chrome/steel wheels. But sanding them down is a lot less expensive. You have to get rid of the build up of the flaking chrome and any rust that has formed on the edge of the wheel so the tire seats properly and doesn't leak.
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Old 19 Jan 2007, 01:52 am
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Roughly how expensive is it? I am on my own here, live on a fixed income.... so if that is the least expensive, then that's what I have to do, I guess... anybody have an idea so I don't get ripped off?? [8)]
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Old 19 Jan 2007, 09:54 am
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It's all labor, no parts really, so the cost will be up to the place you take it to. The biggest cost would be that you have to have the wheels mounted and balanced after they are cleaned. I would guess somewhere around $20-30 per wheel, but that's only a guess .....have never had it done. To save money, only do the wheels that your having a problem with, the ones that are losing air. Ask around at different tire stores and compare prices.
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Old 20 Jan 2007, 08:52 pm
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Makes sense...will check into it..it appears only to be two rims... so that might not be too bad. Thanks!!!!
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Old 31 Jan 2007, 11:00 am
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did you get the problem fixed ?? if so what was it ??
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Old 10 Apr 2007, 11:26 am
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Default Re: have slow leaks too

I paid $17 per wheel which include dismount, sanding, sealant, remounting and fill with Nitrogen (to reduce corosion). Now I Wanted Helium ... ;-)

Sadly, after all that two of the rims still have a slow leak! I'm sorta bumed by that but I'll have to have new tires soon.

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