Many car repairs can be avoided. But one that seems to occur no matter what you do is the flat tire. Most drivers have experienced a flat tire at some point in their lives. If you’ve been in this situation, you know just how frustrating it can be. While unfortunately, there is no ‘flat proof’ tire on the market yet and no sure way to prevent a flat tire, there are some maintenance and awareness points that can help reduce their occurrence. As experts in tire repair for Minneapolis, the professionals at Auto Electric would like to provide a few common causes of the flat tire to help you avoid them.
Did you know that for every time the temperatures outside drop ten degrees, your tire loses one pound of air pressure? Properly inflated tires can help increase your gas mileage and stave off the need for tire repair. For every 10 degrees that the temperature drops, your tire pressure will decrease by approximately one pound. In order to find out the proper pounds per square inch (PSI) that your tires should be filled to, look in the driver’s side doorjamb or check your car’s owner’s manual.
The most common cause of a flat tire is a puncture by a sharp object such as nails or glass. Avoid punctures by avoiding some dirt roads if possible and by driving around debris in the road. When a puncture occurs, it is important you bring it in for tire repair as soon as possible. The experts at Auto Electric can assess if a simple repair is needed or if you will need to replace the tire.
Check your tires periodically for damage, such as deeply scuffed, worn areas or uneven wear on the side of the tire. This can be an alignment issue and must be addressed if you want your tires to last.
Separation usually occurs when your tire pops a curb or if you rub the wheel sharply against the sidewalk while parking. The tire slips slightly from the rim, causing a slow loss of air over time. An experienced tire repair expert will be needed to take care of this issue.
Road hazards like potholes, debris and uneven roads can wreak havoc on your car’s tires, wheels, axels and undercarriage. It is important to avoid these when possible but if they’re part of your daily commute, then it is essential to bring your care in for regular maintenance to avoid unnecessary tire repair down the line.
No matter the cause for the flat tire, Auto Electric can help. So, if you notice that your tires are having issues, you should have a mechanic check into it and determine the problem as soon as possible.
Interested in learning more about tire repair in Minneapolis? Call Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.