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Old October 27th, 2015, 05:33 PM   #1
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Slow leak 3 tires wtf

What would cause my tires to develop slow leaks one by one? (No there are no nails or anything stuck in there). I got them mounted at ****ty NTB (who I had to go back to three times bc they couldn't get the balancing right).

It started with one in the front, it was at 25 psi. Then a couple months later one in the rear did the same thing. Now here I am a month later and the other front is doing the exact same thing, 2-3 days after filling up they are down to 25 psi again.

Tires are nitto motivo wheels are genuine tl aspec from Honda none of that replica bs
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Old October 27th, 2015, 08:05 PM   #2
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No chance you are measuring at different temps? 1C for each 10*.

Could be mounted bad with no sealing material. Could be mounted bad with the valves.

Suggestion, go fill them to 32-33 when its on your commute, or before they get heated before driving one morning. Lower it down at the end of the day. Should give some extra pressure to seal any tiny issues.

Or just find a location with the Hunter 9000, or some name like that. Best road balancing machine ever, applies roadforce to the tire while balancing it, whole bunch of fancy crap. Pretty much 100% balanced up until 100+.
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Old October 28th, 2015, 11:41 AM   #3
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If ntb didn it they have to check them for free. Some times when they take a old wheel off it leaves behind little bits of rubber and dirt in a ring where it seals. If they don't scrap it off with a air tool the next tire won't seal some times. Or you really do have 3 holes. I worked at ford and did tires all the time and sometimes there is no nail and you have to spray the whole tire down with soap water and look for bubbles. As for them not knowing how to balance a tire that's funny. Why not go to a different ntb?
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Old October 28th, 2015, 12:21 PM   #4
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Why not go to a different ntb?
Agreed, a tire shop is only as good as the employees that work there. If they couldn't manage to even balance a freaking tire, look elsewhere.

My NTB is really good because they have this one tire tech they call their "import specialist" who always works on my car. Really its just a dude who drives a souped up Integra, but hes good at working on lowered cars apparently.
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Old October 28th, 2015, 12:28 PM   #5
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Agreed, a tire shop is only as good as the employees that work there. If they couldn't manage to even balance a freaking tire, look elsewhere.

My NTB is really good because they have this one tire tech they call their "import specialist" who always works on my car. Really its just a dude who drives a souped up Integra, but hes good at working on lowered cars apparently.
That's actually a highly regarded skill. It usually means they know how the intricacies of the suspension system because they are able to align and set camber/toe/caster all very well since these things are likely to change when dropped. They usually also know to some level, either moderately or extremely well, how to do the same precise tuning for track cars since their suspensions are uniquely... weird.
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Old October 28th, 2015, 03:13 PM   #6
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I've been to 2 different NTB already...the first one scratched my brand new wheel and decided not to tell me (hoping I wouldn't notice?). I called them out on it they bought me a new wheel and then I took all four to the second NTB thinking the first was just incompetent. I guess I'm looking for a third.

These were brand new wheels with no corrosion or tires mounted previously, should be a piece of cake!!!
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Old October 28th, 2015, 03:36 PM   #7
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http://www.gsp9700.com/search/FindLocations.cfm

Find one with all the options. I assumed your location, but it should be a close enough list unless you're not in central or drove 50 miles to the nearest NTBs
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Valve Stems.
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Old October 28th, 2015, 09:03 PM   #9
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fill a spray bottle with soap and water. now lay the tire flat and spray the bead until its got water going all the way around. is it bubbling? check the bead on the other wise of the tire as well. check the valve stem and the valve inside the stem itself(use some spit on it) those can get screwed in wrong or just go bad. check the tread for holes that are not noticeable by spraying the whole tire down while rolling its slowly looking for leaks. otherwise your going to have to have them take the tire off again and watch them clean the bead on the rim off before they re mount the tire. I really have no idea what more you can do its really easy to do tires. i never had any come back when i did them =/
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Old October 29th, 2015, 08:15 AM   #10
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I've used the same method as 05accord6spd to search for rim leaks and it works very well. If you do find that you have a rim leak, make sure the shop uses some type of rim sealant when they mount your tires. I had trouble with a rim leak last winter that took 3 attempts to fix. Although both my rim and tire appeared to be in very good shape, the leak continued until the sealant was used. To date that tire has never leaked again. Good luck.
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Old April 14th, 2017, 11:24 AM   #11
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Agreed, a tire shop is only as good as the employees that work there. If they couldn't manage to even balance a freaking tire, look elsewhere.

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That was my first thought when you said it took 3 trips just to balance them!

I'd be interested to know how you determined that they weren't balanced?
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