Leaking Tyre  
Leaking Tyre - Welliesorter
Perhaps this belongs in Technical but it's not very technical. Before being too harsh, please bear in mind that it's being asked by someone who has owned a car for less than three years and isn't used to dealing with even minor problems.

I went to use my car today for the first time since Tuesday and immediately noticed that a tyre was flat My immediate reaction was to pump it up to find out how serious the leak was. This made me resolve to replace my cheapo Argos footpump: fine for a top-up but hard work to inflate the tyre completely.

After inflating the tyre, it became clear that the air was leaking from the valve itself.

How common an occurence is this? Is it likely to be repairable or will I need a new tyre? Given that Kwik Fit is only half a mile away and the leak is slow, should I inflate the tyre and drive straight there, or would not changing the wheel be a really stupid thing to do?

Luckily, I happen to have the week off work and don't need the car too urgently.

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Leaking Tyre - Armitage Shanks {p}
If it is leaking from the valve then you probably need a new valve. Wherever you take it will need the wheel off the car to do the work so the best bet would be to fit the spare and go down to the tyrefitter with the problem wheel in the boot, IMHO
Leaking Tyre - bell boy
if its the innerpart of the valve these screw out and the tool for doing it should be available at your local car shop along with a new valve they are basically the same as in a pushbike,if it is leaking where the rubber valve meets the rim then you either need a new valve or a new innertube,as said put the spare on or drive carefully to your tyre dealer.
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Leaking Tyre - Stuartli
Does it had a dust cap on the valve?

If not, if you blow the tyre up and then put on the dust cap, it will help prevent the air from escaping before going to have it checked.


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Leaking Tyre - Civic8
>>Does it had a dust cap on the valve?

Dust caps are not airtight,so doubt it will make any difference.

But as mentioned,if the inner valve has gone they are cheap enough and easy to replace

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Steve
Leaking Tyre - Welliesorter
Dust caps are not airtight,so doubt it will make any difference.


It makes a difference but obviously not enough to prevent the air escaping slowly.

Thanks for all the responses. It's nearly three hours since I fully inflated the tyre and there's no visible flattening.

Unless someone thinks it's an act of gross stupidity, I may take the crawling to Kwik Fit option. It's got to be easier than trying to change a wheel in a busy road.
Leaking Tyre - Dynamic Dave
Thanks for all the responses. It's nearly three hours since I
fully inflated the tyre and there's no visible flattening.


Local toerags let it down for a laugh?

If the valve is still leaking, it's not going to take you 3 hrs to drive to Kwik Fit, so I would leave the wheel on the car and gently make my way down there in the morning - first checking the tyre isn't flat again.
Leaking Tyre - Welliesorter
basically the
same as in a pushbike


Really? I've never had a bike tyre with a replaceable valve. I've had to replace inner tubes because of a damaged valve. Certain types of valve are easy to break if you don't hold the pump straight.


,if it is leaking where the rubber
valve meets the rim then you either need a new valve
or a new innertube...


I thought modern car tyres were tubeless.

As far as I can tell, the leak is from the valve itself. Replacing the valve cap stems the flow.
Leaking Tyre - bell boy
good o Welliesorter your answer is in my first post. Bare in mind my push iron has 3 speed sturmey archer gears and is therefore a bit of a relic but the valves do unscrew out,if they dont on modern bikes then i must put that down to progress.With regards tubes yes modern cars are but it doesnt mean to say that you may have a porous rim or a ripped bead on your tyre and somebody has fitted a tube to counteract this.
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Leaking Tyre - Welliesorter
Bare

...my push iron has 3 speed sturmey archer gears
and is therefore a bit of a relic but the valves
do unscrew out


I wish my bike were as simple. I don't think I've ever owned one (at least not as an adult) where the valve wasn't welded into the tube. Break the valve and you need a new tube. I once destroyed a pump by holding it at the wrong angle and breaking off the screw-in bit of the Presta valve. Bike tyres use much higher pressures than car ones. Seeing how badly damaged the pump was when I retrieved the bits was quite a shock, and it was amazing that I escaped without injury to myself or neighbours' property. Gone are the days when pumps had a little flexible hose so it didn't matter if you held them crooked.
somebody
has fitted a tube to counteract this.


I should have mentioned that the car is less than three years old and hasn't done a huge number of miles: it's still on the original tyres.
Leaking Tyre - Bromptonaut
The easily replaceable bike tyre valve, retained by a lockring was the Woods. It's now pretty well extinct, though I have a Trusty Spacemaster in my collection which has them fitted.

It is possible to replace the cores in Schrader (car type) valves in pedal cycle applications and presumably in cars as well. A special tool is required for the purpose. I'd happily experiment with a bike inner tube, but TBH if the car was involved I would rather get a new valve professionally installed.
Leaking Tyre - Stuartli
I often used to take the valves out of my old pedal bike - the rubber tubing which allowed air in but not out used to perish and had to be replaced.

A car valve dust cap will certainly stop virtually all the air escaping over a period if tightened up properly and using a small piece of plastic film to cover the valve opening first will enhance its effect.

I use plastic valve extensions on my Bora as it's difficult to get an airline onto the valves because of the wheel trims getting in the way (you get very dirty taking them off because of the brake dust); I only lose one to two pounds of pressure in a couple of the tyres over a period of a month or so.



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Leaking Tyre - henry k
After inflating the tyre, it became clear that the air was
leaking from the valve itself.

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Can we assume you used the normal DIY method and put some suddsy water around the valve base where it meets the rim and also at the open end?

If it leaks from the base then its off to the tyre fitters.
If it leaks from the open end then as others have indicated it should be easily fixable either by yourself or the fitters.
There is a small multifeatured tool that is readily available for the task.
www.justoffbase.co.uk/s.nl/sc.9/category.210/it.A/...f
Tyre Valve Repair Tool 11502 Draper TV100 Price £3.76 (Incl. VAT)
The top part in the picture is what extracts the core. Then you screw in a replacement.
How common an occurence is this?

I have the tool but never ever used in decades.
Is it likely to be repairable or will I need a new tyre?

You said it was the valve. If so the tyre is not the problem.

If it is the base of the valve then the tyre will be taken off to fix the problem.
Leaking Tyre - pmh
>> Dust caps are not airtight,so doubt it will make any difference.

IIRC in the 1960s Schrader would never guarantee the airseal of a valve, it was the (metal) valve cap that guaranteed the seal.


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pmh (was peter)


Leaking Tyre - L'escargot
Loads of info here www.schrader-valves.co.uk/tyrevalvesnav.htm on Schrader tyre valves. I noticed that certain Peugeot/Citroen and Renault have an unusual clamp-in valve. You live and learn.
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L\'escargot.
Leaking Tyre - cheddar
The orignal valves on my Mondeo were clamp in, looking very much like 41576-01.
Leaking Tyre - L'escargot
The orignal valves on my Mondeo were clamp in, looking very
much like 41576-01.


I must study the valves of parked cars more! I can only assume that clamp-in valves give a more reliable seal with the wheel(in certain installations) than snap-in valves.
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L\'escargot.
Leaking Tyre - Galaxy
They didn't on my Mondeo, they kept leaking, so when I bought new tyres I asked the tyre fitter to remove them and replace with snap-in ones.

He told me it's a request he receives quite often!

I've not had any valve trouble since.
Leaking Tyre - cheddar
They didn't on my Mondeo, they kept leaking, so when I
bought new tyres I asked the tyre fitter to remove them
and replace with snap-in ones.


I had the same problem, I have also had a leak around a couple of the snap in ones, one of my rears currently loses a psi a day, I need to get it removed and a new valve fitted and sealed, I did this with two other snap in valves previously which cured the problem.
Leaking Tyre - IanJohnson
My daughters Corsa Exclusiv has chrome valves that look remarkably like 41576-01 - never thought about them being clamped in before.

Someone knicked all the chrome dust caps one day so she replaced them with plastic - less chance of them being knicked again.
Leaking Tyre - Welliesorter
Can we assume you used the normal DIY method and put
some suddsy water around the valve base where it meets the
rim and also at the open end?


Didn't need to. As soon as I'd inflated the tyre fully, it was obvious where the air was coming from. The valve cap stopped it. I've taken a glance now and it isn't obviously much flatter than the other tyres. After a boost, I think it'll be safe for a mile or so.
If it leaks from the base then its off to the
tyre fitters.
If it leaks from the open end then as others have
indicated it should be easily fixable either by yourself or the
fitters.


I don't think I'll risk a DIY job. After relating my bike tyre disaster (albeit of 16 years ago) could anyone think I should be attempting to work on anything as safety-critical as a car tyre?

Thanks again all for the replies.
Leaking Tyre - Welliesorter
You can't get quicker than a Kwik-Fit fitter! I crawled there just now and told the man the problem. He filled the tyre, tightened the valve with a tool he had in his pocket, pronounced it fixed, and refused any payment. I hope he's right!
Leaking Tyre - LHM
Cue Paul McCartney & Wings....

My Leaking Tyre, oh mist rolling in from the sea...."

The old ones are the worst!

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