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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 14, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

I have a 68 Camaro with American Racing Torq Thrust II rims. The drivers side front has a slow leak. Today I determined it is actually leaking through the weld in the rim not through the tire. Is this fixable or should I plan on buying a new rim.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 14, 10:27 AM
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Re: Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

What about a tube?
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Re: Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

Have fixed something similar once!
Cast Alu Wheels leaking in the Casting!

I used a small drillbit on the leakage halfway thru!
And then Injectors superglue with a needle!

It did work!




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Re: Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

If it was a manufacturing defect, I would take a close look at the welds. A front wheel is nothing to mess with. Could it have been damages by a pot hole or another "jarring" type of hit. The tube is a sure fix. If the wheels are older it should not have just started to leak, it would have leaked from the beginning. A few things to consider.

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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 14, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

I purchased the car in November and the tire always had the slow leak from the time I bought it. I know I personally never hit any pot holes or did anything else that could have damaged the rim. It has spent most of the time covered up in my garage over the long winter and I have only gotten it out for a few drives since I purchased it. Like you say a front wheel is nothing to mess with so I will probably just buy a new rim for peace of mind. If I do buy a new rim I'm concerned it will be noticeably newer looking than the other three that are on the car now even though they are in good condition. I guess I'll polish up the three old ones and see how it looks.
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Maybe you can have the wheel magnafluxed to identify the extent of damage. Check with local wheel and tire shops to find out where to get a wheel repaired in your area. In todays litigation happy world replace the wheel if a wheel repair shop says it's not something they want to do. Plugging a leak will stop the air from escaping but it won't stop the wheel from a critical failure at hwy speed...

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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 14, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

Do the American Racing Torq Thrust II rims have a part number marked on them anywhere. I want to make sure I order the exact same rim that is on the car now.
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Re: Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

JB weld.
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post #9 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 14, 09:27 PM
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Re: Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

After you verify it is not cracked, just clean well with a small wire brush & sandpaper, then apply some silicone gasket maker to the inside of the wheel.
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Re: Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

Yes, have it tested professionally. Maybe at a welding shop ?
If it's not detrimental to the soundness of the wheel...could have it TIG'd ? or as above clean, sand, and JB weld epoxy.

No sense risking you, your car, or someone else's life over cosmetics of the looks of 1 wheel being "newer looking".

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Re: Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

There's a place here in BC, Canada, http://www.interiorwheelrepair.com/ that handles wheel repairs. If you can find a similar place in your area you can have them inspect and likely repair where the slow leak is coming from.

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Don't know where you are in PA, but a former friend used there guys at least once a year on one or more of his crappy black Audis. The wheel repair guys did an amazing job, and I want to say I have seen this or other franchises at least as far west as York an Harrisburg.

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post #13 of 21 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 14, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Tire leaking air through weld in rim.

I decided I'm going to get a new rim then see if I can have the leaking rim fixed and just store it in the garage. I'm having a hard time figuring out if my rims are polished aluminum or chrome. I'm leaning toward polished aluminum because the reflection is a little dull. Also I checked them with a magnet and they are not magnetic. Does anyone know if chrome plating would be magnetic or does anyone have any advice on how to know for sure. When I called to check pricing they said the chrome rims only come with 4 inch back spacing but the polished aluminum come with either 3.75 back spacing or 4.25 back spacing. If my rims are polished aluminum I will have to pull the tire off and check the back spacing. If they are chrome I can just order the rim. At least according to the sales rep. Rims are 15 x 7.

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By the way Eric I'm near Philadelphia. I'll check out the link you gave me and see if they are close by. I still want to get the leaking rim fixed even though I am getting a new one.
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Look like polished aluminum to me.
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I decided I'm going to get a new rim then see if I can have the leaking rim fixed and just store it in the garage. I'm having a hard time figuring out if my rims are polished aluminum or chrome. I'm leaning toward polished aluminum because the reflection is a little dull. Also I checked them with a magnet and they are not magnetic. Does anyone know if chrome plating would be magnetic or does anyone have any advice on how to know for sure. When I called to check pricing they said the chrome rims only come with 4 inch back spacing but the polished aluminum come with either 3.75 back spacing or 4.25 back spacing. If my rims are polished aluminum I will have to pull the tire off and check the back spacing. If they are chrome I can just order the rim. At least according to the sales rep. Rims are 15 x 7.

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By the way Eric I'm near Philadelphia. I'll check out the link you gave me and see if they are close by. I still want to get the leaking rim fixed even though I am getting a new one.
you can also try wheel works in Burlington

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What about a tube?
you should not put a tube in a tubeless tire.

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