Nothing can ruin your day faster than getting a flat tire. It’s an inconvenience and unfortunately, it’s something we have all probably experienced. There are many different causes of flat tires, and some more common than others. While there is no way to prevent flat tires, there are some things you can be aware of to avoid this unfortunate occurrence. Find out what some common causes of flat tires.
The most common cause is a puncture by a sharp object. Ugh, the worst! You’re just driving to work and next thing you know, you’ve picked up a nail or a screw. A puncture can cause a slow leak or you’ll lose the air right away. If the air comes out of the tire fast, pull over safely and change the tire. Most punctures can be patched, but there are instances when you’ll have to buy a new tire.
Road hazards can commonly cause a flat tire. When possible avoid uneven roads and potholes. Driving safely can help you avoid unexpected debris that can wreak havoc on the tires.
Tire bead leakage, while common, can be hard to diagnose on your own. You can bring your car to Austin’s Automotive Specialists and we will gladly help you look over the tires and any other issues you might be experiencing with your vehicle. At home tests can also be done to identify this issue, but we recommend confirmation from a certified mechanic. To test this at home, you spray soapy water on the surface of the tires, wheels, and valve system and if bubbles pop up from the surface than a bead leak is usually the culprit.
Over-pumped tires can be extremely dangerous. If you are unsure of how much air to put in your tires, seek assistance from your local mechanic or auto dealership. Too much tire pressure can lead to a blowout while you’re driving.
Another common cause that will require your mechanic to fix is when separation of the tire and rim occurs. This can happen if you accidentally run the wheel again a sidewalk or curb. The tire can slip from the rim that will cause a slow leak.
A flat tire can happen to anyone, and at Austin’s Automotive Specialists we are here to help. When you need the help from a trusted professional, call us or schedule an appointment online and we’ll have you back on the road quickly and safely.