After renewing/painting my Rallye Wheels, two flat tires.

Tires and Wheels (Mopar Hubcaps Too)

  1. dibbons

    dibbons Well-Known Member

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    Removed most of the rust, and painted my rallye wheels inside and out. Mounted two Sears Guardsman tires and had them balanced. A week later, driver's side front tire is flat. Scratch up the freshly painted rim a little trying to fix it. The tire tech found a small white sticker on the tire bead that caused the problem.

    A week after repairing the driver's side tire, I find the passenger side front tire going flat. Same thing, dunk the tire in a pool of water, and find the #$%% sticker on the bead is the guilty party on the second tire also. My time, my money, my frustration due to a little white sticker that, in my opinion, has no reason being there in the first place.

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  2. circlepilot

    circlepilot FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    That "sucks canal water!"
     
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    Yep, been a problem for some brands since they started doing it, and those of Us in the industry dealing with it have never gotten an apology or a rational explanation as
    to WTF they were thinking. Answer, They weren't and don't give a F#*k cause They aren't the ones dealing with it. I look at them & if they are proud on the bead I dig up
    an edge & peel 'em off, if they're flush I leave 'em, what a freakin' PITA, luckily most brands Our dealer uses aren't a problem........................
     
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    • jos51700

      jos51700 Hemi Orange you glad it isn't a political avatar?

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      There's not a tire tech on earth that should knowingly leave those in place. Shame on manufacturers for doing it in the first place!
       
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      • TrailBeast

        TrailBeast AKA Mopars4us on Youtube

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        There shouldn't be a tire tech that should not be able to balance a tire either, but they are out there.
         
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        jos51700 Hemi Orange you glad it isn't a political avatar?

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        Agreed. I blame cell phones.
         
      • dibbons

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        Another flat today caused by a stupid sticker left on the bead of a Michelin tire on my 1996 Dakota (I purchased tire new five years ago and its about half worn).
         
      • str12-340

        str12-340 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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        This is the fault of those mounting the tires.

        Whenever I repaint Rallye wheels I put the wheels in a blast cabinet and clean the area where the tire seals. But mounting the tires over the stickers is just automotive malpractice.
         
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        • TrailBeast

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          And is why NOBODY touches ANYTHING on my car except to balance the tires after I put them on the rims myself.
          AND they even F that up sometimes.
           
        • lemondana

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          A heat gun and a sharp pair of tweezers works good for getting them off.
           
        • RustyRatRod

          RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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          Normally, when a tire goes flat there's a leak.
           
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