Suspension, Brakes and Tires Discussion, Minor tire leak...can I repair and forget it? in Item Specific Cadillac Discussion; One of my rear tire is almost flat(~10lbs.), I just noticed it today so I don't know how long it ...
One of my rear tire is almost flat(~10lbs.), I just noticed it today so I don't know how long it has been leaking(my car was sitting in a garage for two days), but I pumped it back to 30lbs. and drove it around for 30 minutes and noticed no pressure change, so it's gotta be very minor. I used one of those fix-a-flat tire inflator on my VW Golf before and it fixed the problem and the tire never leaked to this day, I even deflate it and pumped new air into it. Can I apply the same to this car without much concern?
I'm poor, I still have to pay for college expenses...
Automobile(s): 2011 Kia Optima SX 2013 Kia Optima SXL
Re: Minor tire leak...can I repair and forget it?
As long as you have a slow leak, that isn't from the valve stem, fix-a-flat will work just fine. I prefer to find the leak (nail, screw, etc) and plug it. But I have used fix-a-flat many times. It works great, and I for one, trust it for a permanent repair.
So I've already said I work in a tire shop doing all the repairs, and mounting new tires, etc...Fix a Flat sucks. Seriously...it corrodes the rim and I wouldn't trust it at all. It's a waste of money. If you have aluminum rims, the bead could be leaking. That is usually a very slow leak and can be fixed by wire brushing the inside of the rim. If it happen to be in the sidewall, just plan on getting a new tire. Fixing sidewalls is a bad idea. Just my 2 cents.