Tyre "thingy" flashing red

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  1. Southampton

    Southampton Funster Life Member

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    Fitted Jim's tyre pressure thingies a couple of months ago and the front near side has started flashing about 3 weeks ago, I inflated the tyres (it had lost about 6-8 psi), and about 1 week later it starts flashing again. I guess this shows a slow leak from somewhere. Have covered about 1500 miles since fitting them and not had any problems until recently. The other tyres are all solid and no indication. I am about to set off to Germany and Croatia for a month on Thursday. The question is: should I be worried and get it checked out? The tyres were new last year. Or is it safe to just keep a check on them?

    I guess it would be difficult to find a leak that appears to be so slow. I want to err on the side of caution but do not want any unnecessary cost. Any advice please.

    Derek
     
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    I would get it water dunked checked...

    May be seeping through the tyre wall..

    If it is it may be a recipe for a blow out..:cry:

    Err on the side of caution.. :thumb:
     
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    Agree with the VeryOldMoMan. (Don't believe I just said that:Blush:) Off with the wheel for a check. Could be a nasty nail stuck in there. :cry:
     
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    I would get it checked, if a nail etc has pierced the tyre even slightly, It could develop into something more serious once it starts to heat up.
    make a mix of washing up liquid and water and squirt it all over the tyre + valve area this should show even the smallest leak.

    Lou
     
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    Definitely worth getting checked out, it could be anything, the most common theme on slow punctures I've had has been rust on wheels which seems to break the seal. Slow punctures invariably get worse.

    Glad that the Tyre Pressure Monitors alerted you. Losing 6 to 8 psi is well over 10% of your tyre pressure, so that will be damaging your wallet as well as risking a blowout. :thumb:
     
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    yes definately take it to your local tyre company and get them to check it out.it could just be some thing simple like a leak at the base of the valve or leaking on the bead of the tyre where it seals against the wheel.if that is the case it will just be a case of taking the tyre off the rim clean up the rim with a wire brush,apply rimseal and refit and also replace the valve,applying rimseal to the base of the valve before it is pulled into position.if the motorhome is fitted with high pressure metal valves then i would still insist that the valve is replaced:thumb:eek:r as has been said there could be a nail or such like object in the tyre in which case,as long as it is not to close to the sidewall of the tyre,can be repaired with a plug.the cost of these jobs should in the region of £10.00 to £15.00 depending on what the do.maybe £20.00 if they fit a metal valve and balance the wheel.if its any more that this its to much:thumb:
    regards brian jo and josh
     
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    Thanks everybody, I guess I knew what you would say. The good thing is that without the Tyre pressure monitors I would not be any wiser and who knows what the consequences would be, what is the phrase "forewarned is forearmed". Getting it checked out tomorrow. ....Derek....
     
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    I had a slow pucture for about 2 weeks on my car,
    took it in yesterday to be checked, and there was a very small
    nail right in the center of the tread were you probably wouldnt
    see it.

    See you also live in soton i took mine to tyreland at Woodside Ave
    E/leigh very helpfull were able to fix the tyre. :thumb:

    I would deffinately get the wheel of, just because you cant see it
    dont mean it aint there.

    Cheers Steve.
     
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    Thanks Steve, I see they do Michelin camping tyres so will give them a go.
    Derek
     
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    Isn't that the Tyreland depot where the manager was caught last month throwing nails into the road?:Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    hi derek let me know what they quote you for the tyre and i,ll tell u if they are in the right ball park:thumb:just ring me tomorrow with the tyre size after they have quoted you.:thumb:
    regards brian
     
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    Just possible, the indicator is leaking - swap two over.
     
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    Thanks Brian, I will call them in the morning and see what they say.
    Derek
     
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    Good idea, I have just gone and done that so will see what happens. Will still get the suspect tyre checked and keep an eye on the other one.
    Derek
     
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    sorry derek didnt give you my no.:Rofl1::Rofl1:
    07802 661334:thumb:
    brian
     
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    they werent nails they where rusted coins from deep poctets.
    believe it was a scottish branch:Eeek::Rofl1::Rofl1: manger,
    even then they had to hold him upside down and shake him:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    you mean you never check your tyre pressures :Eeek:

    they should be checked before every trip if the van is stood for a while between trips.


    not the best item but for the sake of £4 it could save you a fortune...http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HAND-DIAL-TYPE-TYRE-PRESSURE-GAUGE-CAR-MOTOR-CYCLE-BICYCLES-/270935596700?pt=UK_Air_Tools_and_Compressors&hash=item3f15051e9c#ht_2665wt_1270

    mine are checked every trip and before the return trip....but at £300 per tyre i cant afford not to.
     
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  18. Southampton

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    I use to check them regularly, not every trip though. Since fitting the tyre pressure monitors I have relied on them to do their job, and this proves their worth.
     
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    Fair comment.....i guess it was the way your post read...

    The good thing is that without the Tyre pressure monitors I would not be any wise
     
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