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Old 05-23-2001, 01:55 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
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Join Date: Feb 2001
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Post Stock tires/rim damage?


Just came back from the dealership - I had noticed a slow leak in one of my tires, but hadn't looked at it too closely. The dealership told me the tire was ruined, and showed me that there had been significant damage to the sidewall of the tire. I was kind of disappointed since there has only been 24000km put on them. They wanted $175cdn for another RE92, but I knew I could get it for cheaper at another place.

Anyway. I later realized that I had never gotten an explanation for the initial cause of the leak. I phoned up the service manager, and he said it was a leak from where the rim meets the tire. He said that there is nothing I could have done about it. He also said it is caused by corrosion, or salt build-up in the winter. He said it will continue to happen periodically.
I understand that most tires on new cars are not warranteed. However, to me this doesn't sound like a wear and tear item. I can understand having to pay for a new tire if I ran over a nail. But if the air was leaking between the rim and the tire, that sounds to me like the manufacturer's responsibility. Maybe it is just my ignorance.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? I'm not a tire expert by any stretch, but does the service manager's explanation make sense? Will this happen with any rims and tires I purchase?

I know that the bright side of this is that I have an excuse to get rid of the stock tires, but will I continue to experience the same problem?

Thanks in advance,
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