Advice Needed Re: Repeated Flat Tyre

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  1. isitfriday

    isitfriday Funster

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    Can I pick your brains,
    I have a transit base duetto 1997, the front near side tyre was flat so I took it and had it checked - and was told there was nothing wrong with the tyre.
    They resealed it pumped it up and Put it back on. The next morning
    It went flat again - checked again in a different garage, again they couldn't find anything wrong.
    It happened a third time and returned to first garage, they had the van all day it was fine I drove home and it was down in the morning. They
    Suggested that I take it to an alloy place to ensure rust is gone and have it cleaned up. ( I have a nice shiny wheel)

    I'm on my own and after three flats I left the spare on. Not being able to face it possibly going down anymore.( I had no car this week and was using van for work)
    Two weeks later---
    The daughter and son in law borrow van and bugger me the spare looks flat they pump it up and the following day its down again.
    Is this just bad luck or could there be something else going on.

    I want to try out my new shiny wheel and tyre but as I've no male in the house swapping over tyres on a van is not a quick easy job and I don't want to do it on my own. I can do it on my car but jacking up the van is stressful.
    I have 600 miles to do in a couple of weeks help!
     
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  2. DP_JAY

    DP_JAY Funster Life Member

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    Is it possible that someone is letting it down(kids)?
     
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    Cracked rim?
    Spray soapy water around the inside of the well and look for bubbles.
    I had a cracked weld on one of the wheels of my work van only 2 months ago. It went down daily and took a bit of finding.
     
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    Dodgy valve?

    My vote is kids thhough...
     
  5. isitfriday

    isitfriday Funster

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    I did think about kids but it also happened with spare whilst away? Umm how much are the cheap spy cameras?

    Maybe it is just a set of unfortunate events. I'll get the son in law to put the " proper" shiny wheel back on and try out that one again.
    Are slow leaks more likely in vans that aren't used much?
     
  6. s20hymer

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    do you have breakdown cover if so get them to change it
     
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    Had the same problem on my car, small cracking on the inside of the rim had it welded no more problems
     
  8. Brian and Jo

    Brian and Jo Funster Life Member

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    If the tyre company has checked the tyre properly with soapy water and are sure 100% that it is not the tyre then I'm pretty sure it will be either the base of the valve,or there will be a hairline crack in the wheel.if that is the case then I definately wouldn't weld the wheel but get another wheel.there will be plenty on e-bay.
    Brian & Jo
     
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    :cool: AProblem with alloy wheels . I saw one in Italy which had been on minibus just disintegrated , I would stick with steel especially heavy vehicles .
     
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    At the moment I have a crack in an alloy wheel off the caravan, this was only detected by a full immersion in a proper tank at a good tyre fitters. I think this was caused by stress when using the motormovers on the caravan to slew round on one wheel. There are firms that refurbish and weld alloy wheels.

    Why the same thing should happen to the spare is a mystery though.
     
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    Assuming spare is steel then it's got to be kids.

    If alloy I have read about porous alloy wheels leaking.
     
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    In the old days you could fit an inner tube and that sorted out any rim or wheel leaks.

    I dare say I am a bit out of date these days though!

    (Just had to do this on the rusty old wheel of my Lawnflite ride on mower.)

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Soapy water my arse.

    What happened to the old fashioned tyre bath....total submersion will find any leaks, no matter where in the tyre or rim.
     
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    Cant fit tubes in tubeless tyres these days JJ....they rub through in no time
     
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    Exactly. Or take it in doors & fill bath & try in there.
     
  16. isitfriday

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    They said they did immerse it, and my mistake in misleading folks I have steel but it's been checked, cleaned and sprayed at an alloy place, so it looks a bit posh.
    But I decided to bite the bullet and put the posh shiny one on and see what happens.
    Perhaps rig the van so anyone gets electrocuted if the let it down.
     
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    If you turn the van round and the tyre on the other side goes flat it's kids
     
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    Now I've found the shop I can suggest you buy some of Jim's special tyre pressure alarms, but having found the item in the shop at http://shop.motorhomefun.co.uk/ when I clicked on the ad the page failed to load.... Might be my stone age computer, you may be able to load the page!
     
  19. Jimbohorlicks

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    Maybe someone close by does not like where your van is parked -takes allsorts:eek:
     
  20. Brian and Jo

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    Yes John soapy water----------it's in the tyre bath:rolleyes::p
    And people wonder why I don't get involved with tyre threads:whistle:
    Brian & Jo
     
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