1996 Lexus ES 300: Air Leak From The Wheel
October 5, 2012
A couple days ago we noticed that the pressure was pretty low for our ES 300's driver-side front tire. At first we thought we had a slow leak, perhaps from a puncture. But after not seeing any visible indications of such, we took the ES over to our tire place of choice (Stokes) and had them take a look.
Turns out some of the chrome plating had worn off from the inner part of the wheel, creating some corrosion. That in turn was slowly letting out air at the tire bead. Stokes used a wire brush to remove the corrosion and then applied some bead sealer. They say it sealer might last six weeks, or it might last a year. But the only permanent solution would be to re-chrome the wheel or buy another one.
Total repair cost was $35.00.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor