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#4511222 - 09/08/17 10:51 PM Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles...
paulri Offline


Registered: 08/14/15
Posts: 755
Loc: CA, USA
I have a compressor that will let me pump up the air in a tire that I saw today had a slow leak (Sienna). I live about 5 miles away from an Americas Tire location.

If the tire can stay over 30 psi while it is stationary in my driveway for 20-30 mins, does that mean that it can last that long if I drive on it? Or would more air get pushed out, quicker, when it is being driven?
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#4511228 - 09/08/17 11:00 PM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri]
JamesBond Offline


Registered: 12/13/06
Posts: 843
Loc: midwest
No one can tell you what will happen. Put the spare on, take the bad wheel off and take it in, or just take your chances on damaging your tire, wheel, vehicle or others.

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#4511230 - 09/08/17 11:04 PM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
Agree with putting on the spare for safety.

Probably be able to make it 5 miles but no guarantee...
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#4511231 - 09/08/17 11:05 PM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri]
ag_ghost Offline


Registered: 12/08/10
Posts: 623
Loc: SF Bay Area, CA
Slow to post before seeing above replies...
Why not put on the spare (with it close to its specified pressure)? Is it that difficult? If that is not possible, I *MIGHT* be tempted to pump the leaking tire nearly to the maximum pressure indcated on the sidewall and drive EARLY in the AM to a place that can likely repair it.

Kevin


Edited by ag_ghost (09/08/17 11:07 PM)
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#4511235 - 09/08/17 11:22 PM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri]
paulri Offline


Registered: 08/14/15
Posts: 755
Loc: CA, USA
Sounds good. I just checked again---it lost about 10 psi in about 20 minutes, so that leak isn't too slow. Not gonna chance it at all. I'll put the spare on and hand it to them to fix if they can.

Darn first flat in all the years I've owned this car. Oh well a first time for everything. Given my record with previous cars, this is pretty good, I suppose.
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#4511241 - 09/08/17 11:44 PM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6178
Loc: Waco, TX
Just put a tire plug in it yourself. Bam - leak fixed!
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#4511255 - 09/09/17 12:24 AM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri]
DdDd Offline


Registered: 06/08/17
Posts: 189
Loc: NY
Seconded on the plugs if they are these:

https://safetyseal.com/

I keep a set in the Jeep. Beats the heel out off wrestling a tire for small repairs. Permanent if done correctly.

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#4511296 - 09/09/17 04:53 AM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: Linctex]
demarpaint Offline


Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29807
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: Linctex
Just put a tire plug in it yourself. Bam - leak fixed!


I agree.
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#4511307 - 09/09/17 05:32 AM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: demarpaint]
dlundblad Offline


Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 10060
Loc: Indiana
Originally Posted By: demarpaint
Originally Posted By: Linctex
Just put a tire plug in it yourself. Bam - leak fixed!


I agree.


x3

Walmart has them. Slime brand I think? (I'm not a fan of their actual slime product.)
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#4511317 - 09/09/17 06:02 AM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri]
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 471
Loc: texas
You need to find the leak. If its a nail in the tire and in the middle of the tread you're probably fine to pump it up to 35 or so PSI and get there.

If the nail is near the edge of the tire say last 1/2" before the it turns up to the side wall, then you are at the end of the belts and it may open up on you.

I'm not a fan of plugs, Prefer patchs from the inside.

Get some soapy water (dish soap that makes lots of suds) and drench the tire. Look for suds the make a decision.

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#4511338 - 09/09/17 06:49 AM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32671
Loc: ME
If you have the spare on, you might get better customer service. As in you can leave your bad tire then drive for starbucks a block away etc. If you're waiting with the bad tire on your car they might have all their service bays full etc.

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#4511345 - 09/09/17 07:08 AM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri]
Eddie Online   sleepy


Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 9579
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
I probably would pump the tire up to the max side wall pressure rating and drive to the tire place. Ed
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#4511460 - 09/09/17 10:47 AM Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri]
paulri Offline


Registered: 08/14/15
Posts: 755
Loc: CA, USA
Played it safe and put on teh spare this morning. Left my house at 815 AM, and here i am at 846 typing this. No cost. Can't complain about AT service, that's for sure.
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