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Old 01 Oct 2010, 07:12 pm
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Default Newb have a few questions...

Really sorry if this has been asked before guys but I can't seem to find it. This being my first car (2002 PT Cruiser) I don't really know much.

I bought it off of a friend a couple months back, it has chrome rims on it but the front left keeps leaking air. I've replaced the tire countless times (with used) and i'm guessing it's the rims now.

So I'm considering changing it back to stock so I can at least have a running car without having to worry about a blow out. Where is the best place to look for stock PT Cruiser hub caps or rims whatever you call them? Can I put any on as long as they have the 5 lug nut holes and are the right size? 17in I believe...

And I've looked at this Info on Wheel/Tire Sizes

But I'm not sure what any of it means...

Thanks a lot in advance for help guys.
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Old 01 Oct 2010, 07:25 pm
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Default Re: Newb have a few questions...

You will need to find wheels with the 5x100 bolt pattern.I would check Craigslist and Ebay for stock wheels.

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Old 01 Oct 2010, 08:05 pm
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There were 1 or 2 years that the early PT chrome rims started rusting and caused the air leakage. The only way to stop it is to have the tire taken off, the whole edge of the wheel sanded down to get it as clean as possible and have a sealer put on the edge of the rim before the tire is put back on. Apparently the rust builds up and causes a bad seal on the tire so air leaks out.
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Old 02 Oct 2010, 01:06 am
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Default Re: Newb have a few questions...

My stockers did the same thing. It's not just rust-- the chrome actually starts to flake and peel, and so the bead doesn't seat correctly. As Carey said, some have removed the wheels and sanded down the bead, but I'm not sure how long it lasted.
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Old 02 Oct 2010, 06:51 am
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Yes, your right Chris. The chrome did start to flake off, and that plus rust build up after the chrome was gone caused problems.
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Old 02 Oct 2010, 09:47 am
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Default Re: Newb have a few questions...

how about just putting a tube inside the tire....
We've done that on a few occasions for various problems.. might be the easiest and most cost effective
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Old 02 Oct 2010, 11:27 am
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That would work also but if a screw or nail ever punctures the tire, without a tube you have a small leak, with the tube, a instant blow out.
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Old 02 Oct 2010, 05:59 pm
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Default Re: Newb have a few questions...

I've tried the "Fix a flat" canister but that only temporarily fixes the problem for a couple of days. A week later i'm back to where it started.
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Old 02 Oct 2010, 06:12 pm
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Default Re: Newb have a few questions...

I guess you were only trying to seal the small leak but that's only made to be a temporary fix. You not supposed to ride around with it for a couple of days.

By the way, when or if you do take the tire off to either clean the rim or insert a tube, tell whoever is working on the wheel that you used the can of "Fix-A-Flat" on it.

From the advertisement for Fix-A-Flat:

Yes, there is nothing in the formulation that would prevent a tire from being repaired. Advise the tire repair professional that you have used Fix-A-FlatŪ brand tire inflater in your tire, so they may properly clean the tire for repair.
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Old 03 Oct 2010, 01:02 am
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at the tire shops by me there is a $10 charge if you have used fix a flat no idea why but that is what the sign says
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