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4 Reasons You Have a Flat Tire

4 Reasons You Have a Flat Tire
Are you sure you don’t have a flat tire?

Are you sure you don’t have a flat tire? The next time you go to get into your car or truck, take a few minutes to inspect the condition of all of your tires. After all, you never know when you might need a spare. Here are some of the reasons your tires can go flat.

Huge Temperature Fluctuations

You need to monitor your tire pressure. Hot air in the summer behaves differently than cold air in the winter. That’s why your tires will inflate or deflate depending on the temperature of the air around and inside them. Too much pressure or not enough can cause your vehicle to develop a flat tire.

Leaking Valves

No matter what vehicle you have, a leak can be one of the sneakiest problems to find. That’s because it can be almost impossible to spot holes unless you look at the undercarriage or see spots on your garage floor or driveway. Make sure that the valve stem isn’t leaking. Otherwise, air will hiss out of it. Although this is an easy fix, you should still take your car or truck to a professional to make sure it is taken care of properly.

Tire Leaks

The valve isn’t the only leak you need to be watchful for; your tires themselves can leak. The leak could be caused by running over shards of glass or nails left in the road that you hit without realizing it. Tires can also be punctured by fallen tree limbs, which are just as likely to be on the ground during the winter. All that said, the beads on your tires tend to leak. Still, there’s an easy way to find out if this is happening to you. Cover your wheels and valves in soapy water and look for bubbles to form. If they do, then you have a bead leak giving you a flat tire.

Road Obstacles

As we mentioned before, road obstacles and hazards such as glass, metal, and wood can damage your tires. Flat tires are no joke, as they can make your vehicle sluggish and slow to respond, especially if there is a dangerous situation ahead that you need to avoid, like potholes or pedestrians.

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