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Old 04-15-2006, 11:26 PM   #1
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2010 Outback 2.5i

Unhappy Can't inflate tire

I got my summer tires mounted today and noticed that one of them can't be inflated.

Everytime I try to put air in it, the tire ends up losing more. I think there might be something wrong with the valve stem? Anyone know what could be causing this and how I might go about fixing it?

I plan on taking it to a shop on Monday... how much am I looking at for that?

So far, I've tried two tires and only one seems to have this problem. I tried three different gas stations and four different pressure gauges.

Please let me know. Its essentially undrivable right now because of the low pressure.

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Old 04-15-2006, 11:34 PM   #2
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Well if it's coming out the valve stem you should be able to feel/hear the air escaping. If it is the stem might just not be tight, or there could be something wrong with it.
How quickly is the air coming out? If it's leaking rapidly it should be fairly easy to find where it's going.
If these are used tires there may be a screw or nail in the tire someplace, or possibly there might have been one that came out and left a hole.
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Old 04-15-2006, 11:35 PM   #3
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Hopefully it is just the valve. Put some air in it, then try the tried and true method of wiping some spit (or soapy water) over the valve stem to cover the hole completely. If it's leaking, it will make a spit bubble. If it's not leaking, the spit should stay there for a while. With a leak this bad, it will be very obvious.

Did any dirt (or something) get in between the tire and the rim? Did you somehow get a puncture in this tire?
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Old 04-16-2006, 03:13 AM   #4
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I had a tire like that. Held air pretty good until I tried putting air in it. It was just the valve stem. Discount Tire replaced it for at no charge, even though I hadn't gotten the wheels/tires from them.
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