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Hi. Everyone:



I had a flat tire on my rear passenger side. It is a slow leak. I found out while I was traveling yesterday evening. I pumped it up to 42 psi at a gas station and continued the rest of the journey (90 miles) with speed around 55 mph. I got home safely and the tire still read 38 psi. This morning the tire only has 6 psi. Now I have set the right rear on the stand to eliminate the load on the tire. Now my questions:


1. Does the Chevy dealer covers the fixing of tire for free? I have 5 yrs/100k mile road assistance.

2. If the dealer does not cover the tire fixing. Could I find an independent garage to fix my tire? I did not put sealant in the tire. However, I am concerned about tire pressure monitoring system and I do not want it be damaged.



Thanks for your help.



Dan
 

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It is not covered under warranty, a fix is normally in the $20.00 range.
 

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Do not use fix aflat it will ruin your TPMS. drive the car to a local tire store and have them fix the leak as AP Cruze said @ $20
 

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It depends on your dealership. Mine found and fixed a leak in a tire for me for no charge. Also, the "slime" that comes with the ECO MT doesn't damage the TPMS.
 

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Not suppose to assume where the leak is.

Puncture, would only settle for a vulcanized patch on the inside, do not settle for a plug.

Rim, hope its not bent, some just need a good cleaning and resealing, tubeless tire of course.

Scharder valve, could be loose or defective, around 75 cents.

Valve stem, loose or bad gaskets, around five bucks for a new one, pressure sensor stays.

Replaced those silly plastic valve caps on mine with chrome plated ones, but mostly for the neoprene seal on the inside to keep out road salt. Just another problem with road salt.
 

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Hi. Everyone:



Thanks for the replies. Today I got the tire 'fixed' at the dealer with no charge. I took the tire and drove my wife's car to the dealer. It took them 6 hours to 'fix' it. However, when I got home and installed the tire, to my surprise, I found out that the guy only plugged my tire. If I had known the tire could be fixed like that, I would have done this myself. By the way, my puncture is less than one centimeter from the center of the tire.


My question is: will this fix good enough to hold the hole. I remember that the normal fixing requires to take the tire off the rim and patch inside of the tire with glue.


Again, thanks for your help.



Dan
 

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Dan,

Call the dealer and ask what was used to repair.
I suspect they used a Patch Plug.
This is a patch with a nipple cast as part of it.....the nipple is ecapsulated in a hollow metal tube that starts as a needle diameter.

The tire is dismounted, the puncture area cleaned and prepped from the inside, adhesive applied and the metal tube is pressed into the hole from the inside......then the metal tube is pulled with pliers from the outside and in so doing, draws the patch against the puncture.....as the patch meets the tire the metal tube slides off the plug section.
From the inside of the tire, the repair will appear as a conventional patch.
From the outside of the tire, the repair appears as a plug.

Tire is then remounted and rebalanced.

Very rare for any shop to use a plug anymore.....shop insurance demands a patch plug......if a old style plug is used, and a failure that creates a lawsuit results, the dealer is denied liability coverage for using the non-acceptable repair proceedure.

Rob
 
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