| >And I thought it was the Frenchmen everybody blames the metric system
| >on - not the "commies"
| They are more socialist than the soviets these days.
Indeed. They have health insurance. I guess that
makes them commies, right? Civilized countries allow
insurance companies and hospitals to fleece the public
to any extent they like.
My pickup is Japanese, but it's also metric. And it came
with a lug wrench. Are the Japanese commies? I thought
they were monarchists turned capitalists.
I have a warning, though, about good old American,
non-commie, God-fearing tape measures. I bought
a new Stanley leverlock type recently without paying
attention to anything but the length. It turned out
the tape is metric on one side and inches on the other.
What I mean is that it's only printed on one side of
the tape, but includes both systems, with one marked
along each edge. It's completely unusable. I had to
buy another tape measure.... So watch out for those
half-commie tape measures.
Alunimum rims can cause lots of problems.
alunimum rusts, At the contact area with the tire, at the bead.....
these air losses tend to occur when the weather changes......
My wifes care had repetive fat tires. we had a family member dying and my wife drove on the flat and ruined the tire and wheel. the garage had a standard steel wheel in stock so they replaced the alunimum one with steel one.
in the following year the only tire that didnt go flat was the one with the steel wheel.
so when the next flat occured I asked the garage, who showed me the corroded aluniimum wheel.
When we needed tires I bought 4 new steel wheels, kept the existing steel wheel for the spare.
The car went over 10 years after the wheel swap, with only one or two flats from tire punctures.
Yeah, that's why everyone in France these days is looking over the border
into Germany and wondering who really lost the war.
I've got a Toyota and two Suzuki bikes. It's very refreshing to work on them
and know everything is going to be metric. The Harley and the F150, otoh,
scatter metric fasteners in the damnedest places so I need both sets of
My 19 year old Ford pickup has never had a flat tire - and in
320,000KM it has worn out only 1 1/2 sets of tires - all mounted on
alloy rims. I now have my snow tires on another set of alloys, and
have new 16 inch tires on alloy rims for the last 2 years. The
original wheels are still holding air - lost less than 5PSI over the
last 2 years.
One of the snow tires was down 10PSI over the last summer of storage.
I'd try truck stops, NAPA and various auto parts
stores. Expect to pay more for the good one.
My answer has been the impact socket set from
Harbor Freight, and the breaker bar. I've had
good results with that.
I'm also OCD about having the shop let me do the
final tighten with my own torque wrench.
On Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:40:53 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I had a Chrysler with the high end aluminum rims and I had one that
simply refused to hold air. I just took it to the tire guy, had him
break it down, I wire brushed the crud out of the rim and it never
lost air again.
The tire guy said he learned something.
On 12/26/2014 1:43 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I've just had tires put on my Blazer, a couple
months ago. And one flat, has to be the right
front where I never look. Anyhow, I've got to
make sure to check the air in that tire every
couple weeks, now. One more thing to do.
The tire shops use some kind of slop when they
put the tires off and on. They also have been
known to grease the rim after wire brushing. That
helps them hold air.
| Lighten up dude, it was a joke
Interesting. My "joke" was deliberately
over-the-top and ironic, yet you missed the
humor. I don't detect any irony in your post.
Is it just inherently funny slurring socialism?
Maybe I just didn't get it. Try me again.
Maybe try another group this time, like,
say, plutocrats. :)
On Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:29:56 -0500, Stormin Mormon
They use a vegetable soap product, one of the most common being the
Ru-Glyde brand from AGS Company to mount the tires on the rims.
Petroleum based grease is a NO-NO.
There are several bead sealer products out there that if used properly
will ensure a leakproof bead seal. XTraSeal is one of the most
commonly used, along with Bell and Steelman Bead Sealers.
A homemade mixture of equal parts mold-makers latex and windsheild
washer concentrate with about 1/4 part "slime" tube sealer is said to
work almost as well as the best commercial product.
The secret is to have both the rim AND the bead as clean as possible
before mounting the tire.
| Alunimum rims can cause lots of problems.
| alunimum rusts, At the contact area with the tire, at the bead.....
That's an interesting point in light of Ford's new
aluminum pickup trucks -- whether aluminum will
last as long as steel. Though I have a Tacoma
that's already been recalled once for rusting
chassis problems. They slopped a tarry goop onto
it, which wore off, and doesn't seem to have done
much good. My last Toyota p-up went 18 years
and 239K miles with no notable rust because I
had a rustproofing treatment when I bought it.
When I bought the current truck no one seemed
to be doing rustproofing anymore. The chassis
just has something like black primer paint on it.
I naively figured that maybe the black paint was
some kind of high-tech anti-rust coating. No
such luck. :) I'm surprised it's legal for them to
sell it that way.
Lot is based on location and salt presence. Some
towns near the ocean, things rot away promptly.
Parts of NY state, they salt the roads generously,
and vehicles all rot away. OTOH, Arizona has nearly
no humidity, vehicles last many years.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.