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It Takes Two to Fix a Flat
Dec 10, 2008 | Views: 320
Last night I pulled the wheel and started looking for the offending nail. After three minutes of searching I couldn't find it. The tire was still near 32 psi, so I started thinking it was a valve thing that fixed itself. I remounted the wheel and lowered the car. As I went back with the torque wrench to put the finishing torque on the lug nuts, I heard air escaping. This with the stereo playing. I turned off the music and listened harder. The hiss was coming from area of the tire touching the ground. I marked the area and pulled the wheel off again. I put another 10 psi of air into the tire and I then could hear the hiss. I finally found the screw that had broken off below the tread surface. I pulled it out and plugged the hole and all is well.
I thank God that I happened to mount the wheel in the only orientation that would cause the leak to hiss and that I was able to hear it.
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