Flat tires are a very common auto repair issue, and most car owners deal with them at least once, maybe even more. You can't usually predict when your tire will go flat, but there are tips we can give you to avoid flat tires. If you do get a flat tire, don't attempt to drive your car because you could cause more damage. Just book an appointment with Wrench's mobile mechanics and we will be able to come out and replace your tire in no time.
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Why Did I Get a Flat Tire?
- Bad Road Conditions
One of the most common reasons for a spare tire is bad road conditions. Maybe you ran over a nail, hit a pothole, or something else. When this happens, you usually get stuck on the side of the road unless you have a spare tire with you and know how to change it yourself.
However, if you hire a Wrench mobile mechanic you won't have to wait for a tow truck! We will bring our shop to you. Just book your appointment on our website and, as long as you are in a safe area, we will be able to come and change your tire for you.
- Faulty Tires
Although this is less happen, tire recalls do happen. Make sure you are aware of what tires are on your car and stay in the loop in case your tires get recalled. Maybe your flat tire was due to poor manufacturing. No matter how it happened, flat tires are never convenient.
- Extreme Temperatures
Sometimes the extreme heat or extreme cold can change your tire's air pressure. If you don't stay on top of your car's tire air pressure it could cause a flat tire. So when the temperature fluctuates drastically, have a mobile mechanic check your air pressure for you.
- Normal Aging
Overtime, tires can become weak. This can lead to a flat tire. This is why you should check the conditions of your tires often. Before the get too weak, you should change it!
- Air Leak
Sometimes your tire might leak air and deflate. This is a fairly slow process so if you are constantly checking the health of your tires, you might be able to notice it before it becomes completely flat.
If your tires aren't able to handle the weight of your car and it's contents, your tires could become flat. This is more common in pickup trucks rather than other types of vehicles. If you are worried about overloading, check how much weight your tires can old up.
How to Prevent Flat Tires
- Keep Them in Good Condition
You should check your tires often to make sure they are in a good condition. This would prevent many reasons for flat tires, so either check it yourself or get it checked by a mechanic. The older the tire gets, the more likely it will develop problems.
You should check both the tire pressure and tire tread. You want to make sure the air pressure in your tires is in the appropriate range. This is best left to a mechanic because they have the proper skills and tools to get the most accurate reading.
To check your tire tread, you can do the penny test at home! Just take any penny and insert it into the grooves of the tire tread with Lincoln's head facing down. Depending on how covered Lincoln's head is, you will know if you have enough tire tread left to drive safely. If you can see Lincoln's whole head, you should get your tires replaced because they are too bald to drive safely.
- Check Your Spare
When you do get a spare tire, you will need to use your spare tire. So even if you aren't using it, you should check it every once and a while. You'd rather find any issues or defects before you need to use it. If you do notice something wrong with your spare tire, get it replaced as soon as you can.
- Avoid Driving in Construction Areas
If you can avoid it, stay away from unpaved areas or areas that have nearby construction. These streets could give you a flat tire because nails, screws, or other sharp object could pop your tire, causing it to become flat.
- Check Brakes
If your brakes are worn out, it could cause uneven wear for your tire. Then one of them could go flat, so be sure to have your brakes checked out every once and a while or if you become concerned about them.
- Stay on Top of Recalls
Tire recalls are not super common, but sometimes they happen. Be aware of the tires on your car and check their recall status every once and a while.
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