Everyone needs an occasional tire repair in Norwalk, OH. Sometimes, it is impossible to avoid that road hazard and you need to see us for a patch. However, if you frequently face flats, there may be other issues at stake beyond road conditions and debris. At Hy-Tek Truck & Auto Center, LTD, we can assess your tires thoroughly to see if you require a repair or if it is time to replace them. Here are five common causes of flat tires that we encounter:
- Extreme temperatures: Very hot or cold days affect tire pressure. In winter, tires lose one psi for every drop by 10 degrees in air temperature. This is due to air becoming denser during cold weather. On hot summer days, the air inside your tires expands and causes small leaks. Just as in winter, your psi drops by one for every change of 10 degrees. So, if you drive to work when it is 60 degrees outside but the temperature increases to 90 by the time you leave, do not be surprised if your pressure indicator shows you are low on air. Since this is due to physics and not damage, you can either wait until the pressure normalizes through driving or top off the air at the closest gas station.
- Damaged valve stems: You can damage a valve stem by driving on rough roads, or sometimes it is linked back to when you had your tires installed. It can leave you vulnerable to blowouts. If this is the cause of your flat, it is an easy repair. We can replace a valve stem in just a few minutes, so there is no need to let this issue linger.
- Worn tire bead: The tire bead is the sealing surface on your tire. As your tires age, it can thin out and start leaking. If you believe this is a possibility, spray soapy water on your tire, valve and wheels and see if any bubbles surface. When you see bubbles, that is usually a bead leak. If you catch this early, it can usually be repaired.
- Road conditions: Customers who live on a gravel road subject their tires to more wear and tear than those living on city streets. Ruts, uneven surfaces and potholes challenge tires, and sometimes alignment. Sharp debris is another common culprit. When you drive on rough roads, do so slowly and carefully. Avoid potholes, especially if you cannot gauge their depth. While road debris cannot always be avoided, use common sense when you see hazards. If an accident left shattered glass, try not to drive through it.
- Poor maintenance: Tire rotations and alignment repair not only improve your ride, but also help your tires last longer. When you skip these maintenance efforts, your tires wear unevenly, and that makes them vulnerable to punctures. There are also instances where drivers procrastinate on replacement and their balding tires sustain a puncture that would never damage new tires. Keep up on your maintenance schedule, and not only will you preserve your tires better, but you will also know when to expect to replace them.
For tire repair in Norwalk, OH, as well as other auto maintenance needs, call Hy-Tek Truck & Auto Center, LTD to schedule an appointment.