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Tyre Sealant

Unread post by hondapartsman » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:12 pm

I have a problem with my XJ600, tubeless tyres and they lose pressure so fast it's alarming, within a few days 10 psi or so is gone. Anyway, I can't find a obvious leak, and it's both wheels too and something it did, although not so fast, before I had the new tyres on last year and the year before. I'm thinking of using tyre sealant, has anyone had any experience with that and do you think it would cure the leak. The stuff I'm looking at is called puncture safe. Given my health these days, I'm thinking of eventually treating all my bikes with it to avoid any situations where I might get a puncture then end up having to push a bike somewhere safe. It'll be as funds allow mind, but the XJ is the problem one right now because it's a pain having to keep pumping the tyres up.
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Re: Tyre Sealant

Unread post by Hooli » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:28 pm

The bests one I've heard of is 'slime', but it does mean tubeless tyres can't be plugged if it's used.
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Re: Tyre Sealant

Unread post by hondapartsman » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:50 am

Yes I've heard of slime too, I think our guys in the workshop use it. So if I asked them no doubt they'd say that, but maybe only because they never tried anything else. I'll keep thinking about it I think, for now, it's not like I'm in a position to use the bike properly yet, that's still likely a few weeks away and it needs taxing anyway so prob not until March.
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Re: Tyre Sealant

Unread post by Hooli » Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:09 pm

I've just thought of something. Corrosion around the lip where the tyre seals can stop it sealing, it's not that uncommon on older alloy wheels so could be a cause to investigate.
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Re: Tyre Sealant

Unread post by hondapartsman » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:31 pm

Hooli wrote:I've just thought of something. Corrosion around the lip where the tyre seals can stop it sealing, it's not that uncommon on older alloy wheels so could be a cause to investigate.
Thanks for that thought, I'd hope when the guys fitted the tyre for me they would have made sure that was good and I can see no sign on the outside, I tried brushing soapy water around the rims ( not washing up liquid, of course) I couldn't see any tell tale bubbles. I will admit I am a little wary of breaking the bead on the things, I only have a foot pump.
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Re: Tyre Sealant

Unread post by Welsh Wizard » Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:22 am

Have you checked the wheel with a bucket of Water mixed with washing up liquid, make sure there is enough Washing up liquid that it will foam, even the smallest leak tends to show, even when you have a puncture, that has no obvious penetration, at lest that way you want be taking the tyre off sealing it and finding it still leaks!

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Re: Tyre Sealant

Unread post by hondapartsman » Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:24 am

Thanks for the advice, no I've not tried that. In truth I would not allow washing up liquid within ten yards of my bike or anything on it, I get enough salt on the thing from the roads. I might try though with block soap, I used to mix that into water for tyre changing, and it has no salt in so much friendlier. I'll wait until my son can help me, I'm not supposed to be doing much lugging heavy wheels around these days.
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Re: Tyre Sealant

Unread post by johnr » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:45 am

dont assume that your tyre fitters would have cleaned off the rims. ive had just the same thing on my car twice in the last year, following new tyres fitted it doesnt take much and id check the valve onto the rim too, just in case.

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Re: Tyre Sealant

Unread post by hondapartsman » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:09 pm

You're right I ought not to assume these things, although I've seen the guys at work and they seem pretty thorough when they're doing things, we're talked factory trained 'technicians' here and people I'm friendly with so I'm pretty sure they're okay and would have been careful what they were doing. I'm wondering if maybe the wheels themselves might be a little porous somehow. I'm going to try some stuff anyway, since I'm stuck on my devices for a while, not being able to get the bike, or even the wheels anywhere right now. Thanks for your kind advice though.
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Re: Tyre Sealant

Unread post by hondapartsman » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:24 pm

Just an update, the sealant worked, the tyres are holding pressure as they should now. I can not see any tell tale green anywhere though. AS long as it worked though and I didn't have to haul the wheels out and mess about I'm happy.
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