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


2005 Toyota Sienna LE; 156,000 miles
1998 Honda Civic DX; 202,000 miles
Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri] #4511228
09/08/17 10:00 PM
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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.

Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri] #4511230
09/08/17 10:04 PM
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Agree with putting on the spare for safety.

Probably be able to make it 5 miles but no guarantee...


Thick vs Thin test: 15k / 43k miles complete
Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri] #4511231
09/08/17 10:05 PM
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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

Last edited by ag_ghost; 09/08/17 10:07 PM.

Kevin
63 Galaxie 500, 390; dad bought it new...
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Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri] #4511235
09/08/17 10:22 PM
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paulri Offline OP
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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.


2005 Toyota Sienna LE; 156,000 miles
1998 Honda Civic DX; 202,000 miles
Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri] #4511241
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Just put a tire plug in it yourself. Bam - leak fixed!


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Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri] #4511255
09/08/17 11:24 PM
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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.

Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: Linctex] #4511296
09/09/17 03:53 AM
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
Just put a tire plug in it yourself. Bam - leak fixed!


I agree.


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Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: demarpaint] #4511307
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Originally Posted By: demarpaint
Originally Posted By: Linctex
Just put a tire plug in it yourself. Bam - leak fixed!


I agree.


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Walmart has them. Slime brand I think? (I'm not a fan of their actual slime product.)


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Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri] #4511317
09/09/17 05:02 AM
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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.

Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri] #4511338
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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.

Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri] #4511345
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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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Re: Slow leak---will I have time to drive 5 miles... [Re: paulri] #4511460
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paulri Offline OP
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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.


2005 Toyota Sienna LE; 156,000 miles
1998 Honda Civic DX; 202,000 miles

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