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Tire Bead Sealing

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by JoeAngelicchio, Aug 5, 2001.

  1. JoeAngelicchio

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    Hi Guys/Gals,
    I've been popping and reseating a couple of my tires to take care of some bead/rim leaks. Cleaning up the rim and tire bead and also using Camel Bead Sealer. One tire that had the same leak before still has it in the same spot but noticely smaller. The bubbles from the soap solution at so tiny that if you don't look super close you'd miss it.
    Have any of you used some other tire bead product that is better at sealing or some other product altogether such as for example windshield sealant?
    Opinions are greatly appreciated.
    Thanks all.
    Joe

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  2. Waxer

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    Is it the same spot on the rim? Or the same spot on the tire?
    If so, look at the rim to make sure its not cracked in that area, also look at the tire in the area if it doesnt have a gouge or tear. I worked at a Chevron for 2 years beading tires daily and all I ever used was the goopy crap which I wiped onto the bead of the tire and never had problems. So I suspect something with the tire or rim to be the cause.

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    Brake fluid!! That's what we used when I worked in a shop, and they never seemed to leak. But if you're using something specifically designed to seal it and it's not sealing, then like waxer said, maybe you should put that spot under a microscope and find out what's really wrong there.

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    Make sure on steel rims there are no rust spots. Alloy rims can be a bitch to reseal. I had to beadblast the beads on my 98Z71 alloys after i put new tires on. They were only a few years old with 40KMI. I would not use urethane windshield sealant...i think it will be very difficult to get the bead broken again, and cleaning all that stuff off sucks

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  5. JoeAngelicchio

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    Anyone else with suggestions?

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    I'd have to second what Waxer said about looking REALLY close at the bead seat on the wheel, and the bead of the tire. If you rotated the tire on the wheel before re-seating, did the leak move with the tire, or did it stay in the same place on the wheel? Your answer to that will tell you which to look closer at, wheel or tire.

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    Joe

    Tire repairs aren't exactly something I'd put on my resume or anything but could/would remounting the tire rotated some from where it's mounted now solve the problem?? Maybe a different part of the tire on a different part of the rim would help seal any imperfections causing the slow leak??

    Don't know, just a thought.


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