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Top 3 Reasons Car Tires Go Flat and How to Avoid Them
Maintaining tires, so they stay in good condition can be difficult. Tires go through a lot from having to deal with quick braking to having to constantly navigate around construction zones. It’s not unusual for tires to go flat. Here are the top 3 reasons why this happens, and how to avoid them.
Reason #1: Poor Road Conditions
Uneven pavement, potholes and sharp debris can cause serious damage to the tires. These poor road conditions are not uncommon, and many drivers will pass by numerous construction zones and badly maintained roads on a regular basis. Some of these issues can quickly flatten tires. Others may puncture the tires slightly, and cause slow leaks to happen.
The best way to deal with poor road conditions is to drive properly. Drivers should drive slowly to avoid braking quickly and to make an effort in avoiding potholes and other obstacles that might be on the road.
Reason #2: Heat
Ask any car dealer, and they’ll be the first to attest that car tires are more likely to go flat during hotter months. This is because the hotter temperatures often cause the air in the tires to expand significantly. This can cause tires to leak or even experience a total blowout.
To prevent a flat tire, check tire pressure of each tire regularly. The most accurate reading can be obtained from measuring the tire pressure in the mornings. It’s important to double check that the tire pressures are within a normal range, and to inflate and to release pressure as deemed necessary. Ask technicians how to measure tire pressure accurately.
Reason #3: Valve Stem Leakage
A malfunctioning valve stem leakage can also cause a flat tire. In these instances, car owners won’t see any holes or puncture marks on the tires. Any type of damage can cause air from within the tires to leak out. The stem may not be screwed on properly or it might actually be damaged.
Have the valve stem inspected for more information. It’s important to determine whether the valve stem is brittle or cracked. If it is, it needs to be replaced immediately.
There are many reasons why tires may go flat. In fact, normal wear and tear can cause tires to go flat as well. After all, the treads on the tires will slowly wear down with time. This causes the tires to become much more vulnerable to road conditions and other hazards. Those who notice that their tires have gone flat should get the situation remedied as soon as possible. Flat tires can cause significant damage to the vehicles and can even affect overall handling.