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Old 01-05-2011, 10:34 PM   #15
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If you have valve extensions I would put money on them leaking every time. Hate em.

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Old 01-06-2011, 07:24 AM   #16
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Ding, ding, ding! That appears to be what it was duggerinc. The tire guy came out, pulled the wheels off and ran soapy water all over the tire AND stem. No bubbles. He had however twisted on the stem a bit before the suds test. He took the tire off the rim and inspected it internally as well, paying particularly close attention to an area that had a screw stuck in the tire on the outside. No damage inside could be seen or felt. After considerable head scratching and sholder shrugging. we agreed to change out the stem. He put everything back together sans torque wrench and collected $70 or so and left. I then went on a 900 mile trip with no air loss. So the conclusion drawn was that the gasket on the stem where it penetrates the rim was the problem. Thanks for evreyone's help and interest.


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I just fixed 2 this past weekend where the stems were leaking. Both on the same side of the drive axel. Tightened the nut against the rubber bushing that comes through the rim and all is fine. But I learned something those 11R X 24.5 tires and rims are not for a 72 year old man to be fooling with, they are HEAVY.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:50 PM   #18
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lucky guess

Just curious, when you replaced the stem did you use the old core? Kix could have been right too, I have seen just as many stem cores leak as stems. Any way, Glad it was fixed.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:44 PM   #19
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plugging or patching a tire

I work for major trucking company and have for many years now.we do a combination plug and patch ,the plug keeps water from getting into the cords and rusting them and the patch ensures air tight seal we cap a tire once for a drive position and then again for trailer use so a casing can get way over 1/2 a million miles on it. so it must work pretty well.

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