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It Takes Two to Fix a Flat

By TomHughes

I certainly had some heavenly help last night in the garage. My wife's car had an intermittent, slow leak in its right front tire. Three days ago, it was almost flat so I filled it with air. The next day, it was down 10 psi so I filled it again with the intent of finding and plugging the hole that evening. I went out that night and the tire was full, so with other more pressing chores I put it off one more night.

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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Dec 11, 2008 at 1:28 pm
He was watching over you! I've found that there's nothing He can't do!

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