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Old 04-13-2022, 04:51 PM
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BTW, the correct torque on these is 140Nm
I use a torque wrench @ 105ft/lbs (on all cars) and have never had a problem getting wheel bolts on/off.

Now fixing someone else's mistake is another story... That drilling must have taken forever.
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Old 04-13-2022, 05:49 PM
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leak not found; foul play suspected

The tire has been sitting out in the sun for 3.5 hours at this point; after repeatedly spraying soapy water on every surface, and not seeing any bubbles form, I give up on looking for the leak. I said I inflated the tire to 50 psi, but it was actually 48, and now the psi has risen to 51 psi in the direct sun. I can't find a leak!

I will monitor the tire pressures more often than previously; instead of monthly (on the 5 cars & trucks, plus two single axle trailers), I'll do a check at least every week (moreso on the X5, after this).

I hope I'm wrong about this, or call me paranoid, but I suspect that a neighbor's millenial child (a legitimate moron) has deflated my tire, just to get back at me for running him out of our yard (with a pointed hoe in hand), then getting his father to "promise to punish him", if possible; he had tried to steal our chickens, and I caught him. Since then, on the side of our property that abuts their "always broken" privacy fence (their fence, but our privacy), a window was busted out of our old travel trailer, two tires were deflated on that side of the trailer (but not the ones I could see from the house), and the repair(s) to that broken fence have been slowly taken down (I suspect to make a stealthy entry into our yard easier). Too many coincidences on that side of our front-to-rear driveway (curves beside, then behind the house).

I'm not sure of any of the above, but if I had proof, then.... In the meantime, the tire goes back onto the X5, and after I change the oil in my truck tomorrow, the X5 gets a new parking spot next to the garage/storage building (under the light, in view from my office), and the old Cobalt (with perpetual brake problems) gets moved out to the "danger zone" (unlit at night, away from my oversight). Not happening in the daytime, I assure you. My property has Posted signs all-around, so in Texas, that's fair-enough warning.
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Old 04-13-2022, 05:58 PM
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For monitoring your property, you can get a camera fairly inexpensively. Among the ones I have are some Wyze 2 and a Wyze 3 that have microSD slots. You can set them up for continuous recording to a card. Endurance rated cards are best for continuous mode.

As I understand it, the Wyze 2 firmware can be updated to work with a local RTSP server, but not the 3. I haven't done this. My camera mostly records foxes, raccoons, skunks, birds, cats and delivery people.
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Old 04-13-2022, 07:45 PM
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I hope I'm wrong about this, or call me paranoid, but I suspect that a neighbor's millenial child (a legitimate moron) has deflated my tire, just to get back at me for running him out of our yard (with a pointed hoe in hand), then getting his father to "promise to punish him", if possible; he had tried to steal our chickens, and I caught him. Since then, on the side of our property that abuts their "always broken" privacy fence (their fence, but our privacy), a window was busted out of our old travel trailer, two tires were deflated on that side of the trailer (but not the ones I could see from the house), and the repair(s) to that broken fence have been slowly taken down (I suspect to make a stealthy entry into our yard easier). Too many coincidences on that side of our front-to-rear driveway (curves beside, then behind the house)...
Best of luck with that. Nothing worse than not feeling like your property is safe... while on your property.

We just had some car door checkers come by Sunday morning just before 5AM. Group of like 5 of them (maybe more). Wife saw some trash in the yard so checked the cameras and discovered it. One of them threw an empty gatorade bottle onto the property or we would have never checked. Fortunately we locked all the cars and our cameras are easily noticeable from the street so they moved on quickly.

Anyway, yeah, cameras are nice for peace of mind. But for actually catching someone or getting legal action chances are still slim to none. Still, I could never live in a house without them again. You can get a decent 1080p 8 channel setup for ~$200. Again, good luck. People these days suck. I think it stems from teachers and parents not being allowed to discipline kids anymore... and parents not really wanting to be parents, but "friends."
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...We just had some car door checkers come by Sunday morning just before 5AM. Group of like 5 of them (maybe more). Wife saw some trash in the yard so checked the cameras and discovered it. One of them threw an empty gatorade bottle onto the property or we would have never checked. Fortunately we locked all the cars and our cameras are easily noticeable from the street so they moved on quickly. ....
I saw part of a YouTube video about gangs of car thieves scouting, then marking their targets with plastic bottles...or something like that (I wasn't really paying attention). I'd watch out a little closer, now.

My problem neighbors are, let's say, "from elsewhere in the Americas", and don't conform to any known standards as far as I can tell. Other neighbors on the street hate these guys, and regularly call the Sheriff on them, including my wife (I prefer to do the talking, personally). When the Sheriff comes (about an hour later), nothing is ever resolved, but their weird activity subsides somewhat for a week, usually,

I've grown accustomed to the trash & junk on their place, caused by the owner running a masonry business from home, and has a junk collecting hobby (junk car projects he never started, but parks everywhere, except on my property...he knows what'll happen), and all sorts of domestic animals in the compound; that's why I had him put up an eight-foot privacy fence (so I don't have to see it). My place is semi-rural, with a huge chicken coop (for just four hens), cars & trucks & trailers & projects & storage sheds & my wife's gardens and such, but all placed beyond street view, behind our 2017 rebuilt house (we've been here for 29 years). I have some standards, at least.

But, his employees, friends?, & sons (especially the moron) have shown no respect for property rights at all, and I once had to run off several in my driveway (setting off fireworks at 2 am), by shooting my .44 into the ground. They were mucho borracho, and it was some foreign holiday that I had no interest in sharing. They never repeated that incident, but there have been many more. If only the nutty kid would leave, I might be able to civilize the rest in about 50 years.

I just came inside after repositioning vehicles (even leaving the Cobalt in a safe spot by the garage), because my wife agrees that we need a clear view of the "danger zone" where the enemy may enter our property.

I'd also like to give a big "Thank You" for the passage of Texas HB1927; it makes me feel more secure in a foreign/alien/wacko part of DFW. No, I'm not paranoid, just aware of my reality, as it is.
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Old 04-17-2022, 05:35 PM
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"flat tire" has maintained pressure for 3+ days and >100 miles

I guess I was correct, the tire didn't just go flat by itself. After I sought any sign of a leak one afternoon, then re-parked the X5 in a new spot, it has maintained 38psi (I have about 300 lbs of tools in the trunk, so I raised the rear pressure to 38psi, while the front tires are at 32psi) for several days.

I re-checked the pressures this morning before leaving for the in-laws ranch (in name only, now), and checked again when we got home (41 psi, due to heat). No problem.

I'm taking my truck on a 500 mile camping trip this week, so having experienced the problem removing the lug bolts on the X5, I picked up another breaker bar just for the truck (nominally 140 lbs torque for the lug nuts); I haven't needed to remove a wheel in years (and haven't driven enough miles since I bought this set of tires to need to rotate them), so I figure "why not get a bigger/longer 24" breaker bar, just in case I can't remove the lug nuts".

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'09 HHR Panel LS 2.2L,
'08 Cobalt Coupe LS 2.2L,
'04 Silverado 2500HD WT Reg. Cab
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I typically have at least one impact wrench with me for not just my needs but I'll help people along the road changing tires etc.
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Righty-tighty lefty-loosey is not manly? What am I supposed to say instead
I am afraid righty tighty lefty loosey is more accurately the single most manly thing any of us could say.

Except for that one guy I hired based only on one line who was just out of the service:

"Singularly responsible for the lives of xx men."

Well, then! Help desk at an airline should NOT be a problem, Bubba! Welcome aboard! We're still friends.
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Old 04-19-2022, 10:44 PM
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and a few moments later....another mystery "flat"

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I guess I was correct, the tire didn't just go flat by itself. After I sought any sign of a leak one afternoon, then re-parked the X5 in a new spot, it has maintained 38psi (I have about 300 lbs of tools in the trunk, so I raised the rear pressure to 38psi, while the front tires are at 32psi) for several days.

I re-checked the pressures this morning before leaving for the in-laws ranch (in name only, now), and checked again when we got home (41 psi, due to heat). No problem.

I'm taking my truck on a 500 mile camping trip this week, so having experienced the problem removing the lug bolts on the X5, I picked up another breaker bar just for the truck (nominally 140 lbs torque for the lug nuts); I haven't needed to remove a wheel in years (and haven't driven enough miles since I bought this set of tires to need to rotate them), so I figure "why not get a bigger/longer 24" breaker bar, just in case I can't remove the lug nuts".

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While preparing my camper & truck in order to leave tomorrow, I checked their tires again, after inflating them just yesterday; all were as they should be, so I turned to the X5 (parked in front of the garage beside the truck & trailer), to check it's formerly "flat" tire, and here's where the mystery compounds itself.

The right rear tire was still at 38-39psi, as it was after the search for the leak, and two of the other tires were still at ideal pressures, but the right front was at 10psi.

I had moved the X5 to the "safe" spot for protection, but it may not have "protected" it after all. I didn't see any sign of leakage, nor heard any, after I re-inflated it, so I'll have to take it off and inspect it for leaks (like I had done on the other tire), after I return from my trip.

I had carefully cleaned the area before moving vehicles into the garage apron area, so no sharp objects should've been present, and before re-inflation, I made sure the valve stem insert was still tight. Until I soap it up, and test it with water, I see no source of the spontaneous leak. Coincidence???

If I find no leak in this second flat tire, I will get a security camera installed, but considering that I formerly had many "strange incidents" occur in my 3-bay garage, I might start considering a Poltergeist (that my wife and some friends swear is in my garage, there for the 27-year residence of my Chevelle, which I swapped for the X5). I'd like to think not, but I've got a long story that probably will paint me as a fool, if publicly disclosed.

I don't believe in coincidences either, but here we are. Another current thread on this forum is about a string of good luck, gone sour, but my flat tires may be a portent of bad luck, resuming/continuing.
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3 Chevys:
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'08 Cobalt Coupe LS 2.2L,
'04 Silverado 2500HD WT Reg. Cab
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