Tire Concerns: bead leak on aluminum wheel

Tire Concerns: bead leak on aluminum wheel

by Pete
(Weirton, WV)

I have a bead leak on the aluminum rims on my 2003 Buick Regal LS.

I've done the usual and customary fixes such as grinding the corroded area with a wire wheel, putting on a bead sealer and still the tire loses pressure. I've checked around for new rims but purchase is price prohibitive on my budget. I've also heard about miracle fixes such as Slime sealant and research reveals that it doesn't work on aluminum.

I now have the idea that maybe an inner tube might work. My question is if that is a good solution, if an inner tube for a 225x16x16 tire can be found. Is my thinking flawed and if so what other solutions might be offered?

Editorial Comment:

The use of an inner tube with tubeless tires is never a good idea and I'd only consider it if it were an emergency and short term fix.

A couple of things have passed through my mind, though which might help. First, are you certain the problem is in the wheel?

If there is some damage or defect in the tire it could be that you'll never fix it and you may end up actually doing damage to the wheel that need not be done in looking for a solution. Have you tried mounting another tire on that wheel to see if anything changes? Or, mounting the tire on a different wheel to see if it loses pressure there?

Also, have you checked the valve? Possibly just changing the valve, might make a difference.


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