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Is there a fix for leaky corroded OEM wheels?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Dutchman, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Apr 24, 2011 at 7:45 PM
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    Dutchman

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    New wheels are not in the picture now - I'd just like the stock wheels to hold air.
    I’m thinking about pulling the tires and wire wheeling the bead area then sealing it with some sort of coating. Anyone experienced with this?

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  2. Apr 24, 2011 at 7:56 PM
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    2TRunner

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    Yup. Pretty common. Got Alloy Wheels?...it's real bad with Alloy's

    Nasty crap builds up on the area where the tire seats on the wheel.

    Clean that crap off real good with a whiz-wheel and you should be pretty good to go. You could put some thicker, black bead sealer around where you cleaned to help even more, but it's not totally necessary with a good cleaning.

    Get the tire completely off the rim for the best cleaning.
     
  3. Apr 24, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    Remove tires and get a side angle grinder with a cleaning cookie wheel on it. Go around till shits all gone. You'll prob be ok with that and no bead sealant. If it still leaks try it out :)
     
  4. Apr 25, 2011 at 3:36 AM
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    Oh yeh - the wheels are aluminum:eek:
    Thanks for the reply's -
    Up here in N MI this is a common problem that I have seen return after cleaning the bead area. I'm thinking about coating the bead area with something like an epoxy paint or perhaps something marketed for aluminum wheels.
     
  5. Apr 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    Cleaning any type of leaky wheel will probably help or fix it. Just don't use anything aggressive on the aluminum. Scotchbrite wheels work well without removing aluminum. If you find deep pits after cleaning, it's probably time for new rims.
     
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