Slow tire leaks on my tires over time. 97 Elantra

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by kjones1200, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. kjones1200

    kjones1200 Guest

    I have had a number of slow tire leaks I have had to fix on my 97
    Elantra. Most of the time it is rust.
    Did having fix-a-flat in all four tires mess it up when I bought it at
    63 K miles in 1999. Now have 172 K miles.

    Anyone else have this?
    kjones1200, Aug 24, 2007
  2. Where is the rust? If there are holes rusted through the wheels, I'd think
    it unsafe to drive. Or is it rust at the bead? Once sealed properly, that
    should not be a problem. Once rust starts, it is difficult to stop.

    Never heard of Fix A Flat causing that problem, but it can cause others when
    it comes time to do a proper repair.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Aug 25, 2007
  3. kjones1200

    kjones1200 Guest

    Just on the inside of the tire. I had the fix-a-flat removed when the
    wheels where riding funny in the winter time back in 1999.
    Any idea if having the tire removed and painting the inside of the rim
    would help?

    kjones1200, Aug 27, 2007
  4. Paint does prevent rust, but I'm not sure how rust is causing slow leaks on
    the tires. Is it where the tire bead meets the rim? If that is gone bad, it
    will be a bit more difficult to get it right to make a good seal. It has to
    be sanded, then primed and painted. You may want a good tire shop to look
    at the wheels.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Aug 27, 2007
  5. kjones1200

    kjones1200 Guest

    Thanks for the help. Went to BJ's on Monday and they found a small
    piece of metal in the right rear tire. He did not spend too much time
    sanding the rim (where the tire makes the seal to it) down and the rim
    did look good over all. Last time he did the left rear tire and did
    have to spend some more time sanding and said it was the rim and where
    the valve steam seats on the rim.
    kjones1200, Aug 28, 2007
  6. kjones1200

    Fantine Guest

    I have a slow leak on the left rear tire on my 8 month old Elantra that I
    have to call the dealer about on Tuesday. Grrrr . . .
    Fantine, Sep 2, 2007
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