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Old 05-12-2013, 04:55 PM
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New Tire Leaking at the Bead

Just happened to notice while cleaning today, some water was bubbling at the wheel/tire bead area, about 1/2" long section. New Conti tire has about 3 rides on it, was installed 2 months ago. I wasn't really monitoring the pressure till now, was almost empty, leak is quite steady.

I tried emptying the air out & re-seating, with 100 lbs worth of air (my compressor max). Didn't fix it. I do see a couple of small chips in the paint on each side of the leak, probably from the mounting, but it doesn't look bent.

Anyone have this happen before? How did you fix? I bought the tires off Ebay & had a local shop mount them, so it's not so straight forward to say just take it back to the shop & have them make it right. It would be nice to fix without having to take the wheel off again. I don't want to put any Slime in the tire, that stuff is nasty & usually doesn't work.

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Old 05-12-2013, 05:08 PM
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Remove wheel and bust the bead. , clean rim and tire bead in that area, look for a damaged tire bead, broken or deformed bead or rim, debris..
How to break down the ....... on old school scissors jack,,, bottom side tire laid on a 4x4, foot of jack on top side of tire, and then work bench, frame of car, trailer hitch above the jack pad.. as you "jack" up the heavy item, the base will push down against the tire, and pop it off the rim bead.
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Originally Posted by E.Marquez View Post
Remove wheel and bust the bead. , clean rim and tire bead in that area, look for a damaged tire bead, broken or deformed bead or rim, debris..
How to break down the ....... on old school scissors jack,,, bottom side tire laid on a 4x4, foot of jack on top side of tire, and then work bench, frame of car, trailer hitch above the jack pad.. as you "jack" up the heavy item, the base will push down against the tire, and pop it off the rim bead.
Thanks for the tips, I think if I bother to take the wheel off, I'll just take it back to the shop that installed the tire, assuming they won't charge me any more than they already did before.
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Yeah, that is common. Its probly just a pistachio shell the fat tech guy was munching on while he did your tire.

Really, you should ride the bike back to this clown and have HIM remove the wheel and fix his mess. Just be nice. Its like yelling at a waiter before you get your food. (just dont do it)
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Originally Posted by smokinjoe73 View Post
Yeah, that is common. Its probly just a pistachio shell the fat tech guy was munching on while he did your tire.

Really, you should ride the bike back to this clown and have HIM remove the wheel and fix his mess. Just be nice. Its like yelling at a waiter before you get your food. (just dont do it)

EDIT: Follow up, I got to thinking I could collapse the bead with a big C clamp that I have, enough to see what was going on. C clamp worked, but I didn't see any glaring problem once I peered into the crevasse. I did see a couple small white colored residue looking spots on the bead of the tire. I took a wet rag wrapped around a flatblade screwdriver & managed to clean those up. The inside of the rim seemed ok. I then rubbed a light layer of bar soap on the rim area, & put some tire gel on the tire bead area, aired it back up. As Borat would say:

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