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Punctures or something else?

  • 04-09-2021 6:53pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ karlitob


    Hi all


    you views if you please.


    not driving much for obvious reasons. I check the tyres before going long distances. Usually just a few psi low - 28 in front and 30 in back.


    but the tyres have been fairly low and recently and deflate quickly. I pumped them all up on Monday - back passenger really low (6) - so thought a slow puncture…need to get it fixed. But pumped up there again now and 3 of them were all down at 7? And took a lot of air. The other down at 20


    could they all be slow punctures at the same time?


    is it fixable - don’t have the dosh for 4 new tyres.


    thanks in advance

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,561 ✭✭✭✭ blade1


    Alloys?

    How old?

    They can get a flakey over time and leak.

    Why don't you take the main culprit off and see where it's leaking from?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ karlitob


    alloys?? 2008 Renault scenic??


    ah - maybe 4 years. It’s always longer than I think. I’ve had a look at them and they look quick good but sure what do I know.


    ive had a quick check and no obvious air leak. Just take it off and have a good feel:listen? Any other way to do it.


    im just surprised that it’s all 3/4 is all?


    besides a puncture? Could it be anything else?


    thanks for time in replying



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,869 ✭✭✭ blackbox


    Kids messing?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ karlitob


    Ha - didn’t think of that. Doubt it - quiet cul de sac.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,561 ✭✭✭✭ blade1


    Pour a bit of soapy water allover the tyre and around the rims.

    Slowly checking it.

    The suds will bubble where the leak is.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,818 ✭✭✭ Darc19


    Leaking valves?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ karlitob


    Maybe?


    just checked with wife - 2 are Christmas 2019 and the other 2 are probably 4 years.



  • Registered Users Posts: 72,023 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn


    Would the car have been sitting on very lowly inflated tyres over time? Sidewalls may have perished.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ karlitob


    Potentially now you say it.

    Good point. New tyres then?



  • Registered Users Posts: 72,023 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn


    Can you post up some pics of them? A tyre place should give you a good guide but if they were sitting for weeks or months at minimal inflation they could be a lost cause.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,895 ✭✭✭ ofcork


    Could be alloys as someone said i had a laguna and had to get all 4 redone.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ karlitob


    Can I ask - what you mean by the 'alloys'. Excuse my ignorance - how would that affect things?



  • Registered Users Posts: 111 ✭✭ Ljmscooter


    do you have valve caps on, I had a "slow punture" on a tyre, and soap showed air coming from the valve itself, a half turn to tighten and ensure cap is on.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,479 ✭✭✭ Miscreant


    The poster means the Alloy wheels fitted to the car (referred to as "alloys" to save time). These can become porous due to corrosion and wear, allowing air to leak out very slowly, manifesting in a slow puncture situation. As another poster said, you can use soapy water on the alloy wheels to try and figure this out. If there is air escaping from the wheel/tyre, you will see it as a series of bubbles.

    My advice would be to bring the car to a reputable puncture repair specialist and ask them to have a look at the wheels at this stage. They will be best placed to figure it out and should not cost too much for the diagnosis. In my experience, a puncture repair usually costs about €15 or thereabouts so unless you have to go replacing whole tyres, this would be the way to go if funds are tight.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,631 ✭✭✭ zilog_jones


    If you take it to a good tyre shop they'd be able to tell you if the problem is with the tyres or the wheels.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,425 ✭✭✭ karlitob


    Great stuff. Thanks lads. Plan on bringing it this week - just wanted to get a sense of the problems before I go.


    appreciate all your time in replying.



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