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Old 08-26-2004, 8:34 PM   #1
 
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Leaking tire bead after tire change

OK, I have a question for those who change their tires themselves. I have changed about a dozen tires so far and was putting my corsas on today. The front went fine, no issues. The rear came off fine and went on ok except I had some trouble getting the beads to pop into place. I had to take it to the service station to use their air compressor. They settled in around 50 lbs or so and I never got the satisfying pop when they settled. They just sort of slid into position. Well, I didn't have the core in yet so I could force air in faster and when I got back home I started inflating the tires. I had sprayed soapy solution around to help the beads settle previously and while I was inflating the tire, I noticed a couple of areas of really fine bubbles along teh tire bead... Is this normal until I ride it? Is this a bead that hasn't set yet? Is there something wrong with thr tire? The rims were fine, I checked them over after removing the other tires. I have never sprayed the soap on while I was filling it so for all I know this is normal till you put weight and stress on and the beads fully settle. Suggestions? Thanks.
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

My rear leaked a little bit till it settled in. I thought something was wrong with it but after a day or 2 of checking the pressure/refiilling it finally settled in and that was about 6k+ miles ago
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

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My rear leaked a little bit till it settled in. I thought something was wrong with it but after a day or 2 of checking the pressure/refiilling it finally settled in and that was about 6k+ miles ago
Well, that makes me feel a little better... I was up all night with sick patients then spent the day in the heat screwing around with these tires... So I wasn't in the best of moods to begin with when I saw those bubbles...
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

I am sure someone with more experience then me will jump in but it sounds like they just need to settle. Pretty sure the same thing happened on my buddies last tire change
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

Though it might be ok, I'm sure that's not normal for a bean to need time to settle.

I might take a mellow 25mph ride around the neighborhood at most. If that didn't stop it, I would just break the bead and try again. Even if it is a pain to re-do it. You need to make sure you have it right.
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

I don't change my own tires, but I wonder if you bounce the tire a few times while rotating it would help any? (off the bike of course)
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

Good idea. Couldn't hurt.
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

The last set we put on ourselves had a leak also (coincidently they were corsas). Found out we had accidentally tore part of the inner tire. That was the quickest I went thru a rear tire.
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

It is normal. I have changed a bunch of my own tires and they always leak around the bead for a little bit. It will usually go away after a short period of time. If you change your own tires then make sure you clean the bead occasionally to get out any caked on dirt and/or rubber gunk.
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

I have changed over 20 sets of tires and only had one leaker, and it was a Corsa. This happened just last week. I was quite concerned. I deflated the tire and unseated the bead, bounced the tire a few times. Made sure the bead was even all around, and refilled it with air. No leak this time. Must be a Corsa thing. BTW, no problems with regular diablos.
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

Yeah, I'll be very interested to see what the pressure is when I get home... VIR on Sunday so I hope it is ok.
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

Well, as an update, whether or not this phenomenon is normal, the tires di great! Fantastic tires. No issues with pressures at all. The pressures had actually gone up when I checked them at home. They did great over the weekend. Thanks for the help.
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

Thanks for the update. Noted for future reference.
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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

I have had the same experience with the Corsas at least 2x now...

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Re: Leaking tire bead after tire change

I was just told by a real tire mechanic that the Corsas require you to fill them to max psi, like 50/55, and they will seat properly. Let them sit for 5/10 minutes at that psi, then lower them to your desired riding inflation. Hope that helps.
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