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Old 04-22-2016, 01:49 PM   #1
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slow air leak in tire

I have a slow (5 lbs. a day) air leak in one of my 15" Michelens on my 23' flying cloud. Has anyone tried the canned tire patch like fix a flat? (I'm hoping that I don't have to take the tire off, but I don't want to have to keep fixing the same tire over and over)

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Old 04-22-2016, 02:10 PM   #2
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What I do is spray water on the valve stem and see if it creates bubbles, so as to see if the valve stem is loose & leaking air. Sometimes all you need to do is get your small valve stem tool and tighten the valve core till its snug. ( if you see air bubbles in water).

I guess you already rolled the tire to see if there is a nail or screw in it? If there is, get the tire fixed or buy a new one.
Does it continue to go down if you don't put air in it the next day ? I wouldn't trust it.

I'm not a fan of 'fix a flat'. Maybe 'slime' in a emergency, ( if it doesn't have pressure sensors) but you should just take the tire off and get it fixed so you can trust it again. Sorry, there isn't really any other way not taking it off the trailer.

Have them re-balance it after getting it fixed.
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Old 04-22-2016, 02:12 PM   #3
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NO on the can of junk.

Take it to a tire shop and find out why it is leaking. Could be a rim leak, could be a nail, could be a bad valve. The point is get it fixed before it ruins the tire.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:25 AM   #4
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The use of temporary "stuff" squirted into a tire to stop/slow air leak can:

1. Void the tire warranty
2. Make the tire non-repairable
3. Make your TPM sensor fail.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:42 AM   #5
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Flat Repair

I would rule out tire repair in the can....Having been in the profession that could mask an issue in tire. Take it in and have it dunked in a tank. I've also experienced casting issues in alloy wheels that had pin holes that caused issues. Some manufacturers actually paint the inside of the wheel to curb any future issue's. In any case it could be something as simple as a valve stem as mentioned earlier or a small nail that is not visible.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:14 AM   #6
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While cumbersome to remove the tire, your choice is to do it now in your driveway, or run the risk of doing it later on the side of the road. Last spring on taking the AS out of storage, 3 of 4 tires were fine. 1 was down 12 psi. I added air and did not think about it. After all, it had been in storage for 7 months. After first trip say 1,000 miles, the same tire was down again. Alarm bells in my head went off!!! Before my next trip, which was across country, I pulled the tire and took it to Firestone store. Nail. New tire. Fixed in my driveway. I was very lucky not to have a failure on the road. You rarely get to pick your place for changing a tire. When you do get to pick your own driveway, I would take it. Best of luck.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:22 AM   #7
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All of the above. ^^^

I would only use a can of spray goo if it were a real emergency, meaning I was stuck somewhere unsafe and HAD to move the trailer.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:30 PM   #8
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Count your blessings you have this issue now and not while you are traveling.

Your tire is giving you a message. Waiting the message will be more urgent.

Take the trailer or just the tire to a tire shop. Save yourself some grief at a future time.

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Old 04-28-2016, 02:35 PM   #9
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Smile slow leak

Also if have aluminum rims there is rubber gasket inside that seals metal stems and often times leaks slowly, common prob. if not installed properly. I def. would stay away from slime repair in a can, etc. Slime is good for off road equipt. such as skid steers, mowers, wheel barrows etc. or slo movers. and small type pin holes like thorns etc. Not recommended for high way use.

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