Tires, Rims and Beading

Tiny
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET LUMINA
  • 121,000 MILES
I have a 1999 Chevy Lumina LTZ. The front two tires have always had very slow leaks in them, until I complained enough to my dad. He replaced the valves in them. A month or so later, I suddenly have accelerated leaking. I always kept up, never rode on my rims, but it was enough to push me to take my car to a tire shop a few days after this.

I explained to the guys there that my suspicion was that it was either the valve or the beading. They looked at it, and when I (finally!) Got my car back, they explained that there was no charge, that the problem was in the beading and they couldn't fix it -- they cleaned corrosion of the valve and the beading and nothing could be done. When I asked why there was no charge, they said "Well, we hope when you replace your tires, you'll remember this and come to us."

It's been a few days, and there's no leaking (knock on wood). I have a feeling I was lied to because fixing the beading isn't nearly as costly as replacing tires. Wouldn't "unfixable" beading be a problem with the rims, and not the actual tire?
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 AT 8:35 PM

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Tiny
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Someone does you a favor and you want to accuse them of something? It sounds like you had a corroded rim and they sealed it best they could but couldn't guarantee it not to leak so they didn't charge you. I'd be buying them lunch, not accusing them of lieing.
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 AT 8:51 PM
Tiny
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Oh, sorry, I don't believe everyone is as saintly as they would like to appear. I did ask my father about this, and while he makes his slip ups, he's a mechanic who works on multi-million dollar machines and he even said it sounded fishy that if there was something wrong with the beading they suggested tire replacement instead of rim replacement. I won't be buying anyone lunch if I think they're trying to pull a fast one on me.
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 AT 10:55 PM
Tiny
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Maybe you should have paid them for their time then.

[quote]they said "Well, we hope when you replace your tires, you'll remember this and come to us."[/Quote]
That doesn't sound like they told you that you needed to buy anything now and they were extending good will in hopes of gaining a future customer.
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 AT 11:00 PM
Tiny
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I did offer to pay. I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth, I was quite shocked to not have to pay. Which is why I asked their reasoning behind it. It could be that they want a loyal customer. In this economy, every business needs it. I guess I just see a lot of very trusting people getting scammed out of thousands on a daily basis and I don't want to be one of them. I don't know much about cars, I rely on my dad who is in China right now and therefore he has to rely on my crappy descriptions to get things fixed. I hope they were doing as you said. I just am unclear as to what's going on. As they really didn't tell me, or write it out. They cleaned the valves, they cleaned the beading -- said it couldn't be fixed. It does appear to be holding up right now, though. Maybe they did accidentally fix it?
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 AT 11:09 PM

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