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Copen owner in St Leonards on Sea

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Mymblesdaughter, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. Mymblesdaughter

    Mymblesdaughter Copenworld Newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2015
    Car(s):
    Daihatsu Copen
    Hi, I have had my Copen for about a year now and I absolutely love it.

    I've got a bit of a problem and wondered if any other Copen owners could help. We noticed all the tyres had really low tread so we replaced them with good quality tyres. Anyway since then one of the tyres keeps going down. The garage changed it and said it was a problem with the fitting so they sorted that out. It still went down. They then said it could be the valve. They changed that a couple of weeks ago and it is still going down. We think now the only solution is a new wheel. Is it possible to get one new alloy or do I need to buy a set? Does anyone have any recommendations as to where to buy them.

    Thank you
     
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  2. Binz

    Binz Copenworld Regular

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Location:
    North Hampshire
    Car(s):
    Copen (plus Suzuki VanVan and Honda CRV)
    Hi (from an ex resident of Hastings) back in the good ol' days a tyre place could fit an inner tube so maybe worth seeing if that's an option. Original wheels come up on ebay and there were also some for sale on here recently (dunno if they got sold). You may want to get them refurbished and will probably cost about £70 per wheel to do that.
     
  3. Mymblesdaughter

    Mymblesdaughter Copenworld Newbie

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    Feb 5, 2015
    Car(s):
    Daihatsu Copen
    Hi Binz

    Thanks for your reply. I will look into buying a secondhand wheel. I don't think the inner tube is an option as we got the work done at a specialist tyre place and they didn't mention the possibility. I don't really want to go to the expense of a completely new set and would also like to keep the original wheels.
     
  4. threepot

    threepot Copenworld Regular

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2014
    Car(s):
    Copen, Hijet, Celica, and Yaris!
    This is rocket science!!


    Take said wheel off car.

    Fill bath up with water, or make a squirty bottle with soapy water.

    Blow said tyre up.

    Put in bathtub, look for bubbles.

    Or squirt with hot soapy water and look for bubbles.

    Draw marks on it to show where its leaking.


    If its leaking on the rim/bead , take it to a capable tyre place!!
     
  5. TooCopen

    TooCopen Copenworld Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Location:
    France
    Car(s):
    Copen 0.7
    Hello Mymblesdaughter,

    I had this problem with a car and its aluminium rim.
    There was a crack in the rim, a small one, tire down after one week. As described by threepot, I put the complete wheel in a bathtub and it shows the bubbles and I confirmed the default.
    A crack could be dangerous, cause the rim can brake suddlenly at high speed !
    On my case, the rim was repaired by a professional (the price of new part was :-(()
    Hope you can manage that for a good price ;)
    And have a good time with your car :)
     
  6. Mymblesdaughter

    Mymblesdaughter Copenworld Newbie

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    Feb 5, 2015
    Car(s):
    Daihatsu Copen
    They have now said that the the rim is pitted on the inside. They don't think it's repairable.

    Too copen, how did you go about getting yours repaired?
     
  7. TooCopen

    TooCopen Copenworld Member

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    Location:
    France
    Car(s):
    Copen 0.7
    Hello,
    I do not remember but my mechanic told me he has someone able to repair it. It cost a certain amount (150 Euro ?) but less that a new rim. I had no problem after this. Sorry not to be able to give more details.
    Hope you will get solution for your car :)
     
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