Leaky rims. What do I need to do to stop my car from gradually settling into the ground?
So the front tires on my car (a 2002 Honda Accord
, not that I suppose it matters) both seem to have slow leaks. This has been going on for longer than I'd care to admit – maybe a year or so. I top them off every few days with one of those pumps that plugs into the lighter socket, but if I leave them alone for a couple of weeks they'll go totally flat.
I replaced the tires a couple of months ago (it was time anyway) and was hoping that that would fix it, but the problem persists. Therefore, I am assuming that it must be the wheels. Am I right in thinking that most likely the issue involves the rim, i.e. the tire bead is not seating properly and air is leaking out around the edge?
Now I assume that just buying new rims would fix the problem, but honestly I don't have a lot of money for that which is why I've just been repeatedly topping them off for so long. That's getting pretty old though (especially now that cold weather is here) and I was wondering if anybody knows of a cheaper way to get this problem resolved once and for all, without shelling out on new wheels. Bonus points if it's something I can do myself, though I think that seems doubtful.
If it matters, my car has alloy wheels.
So, am I right in thinking that the problem is in the rim of the wheel? What, exactly, is the actual issue? What is the cheapest way to get it fixed for good, and how much is it likely to cost? And is this likely to be a problem that I caused, and if so how can I prevent it from coming up again later?