Unfortunately, there are many reasons for flat tires, but some are more common than others. Following are some of the top reasons for a flat tire, which may result in the need for roadside assistance in DFW, and some ways to avoid them.
Temperatures in North Texas can stay hot for many months, without a cool down, and the heat outside causes increased air pressure on the inside of your tires. Too much pressure can cause a tire to pop. As much as one pound of pressure per square inch can be lost or gained depending on the outside temperature. Check your tire pressure, weekly, and adjust as necessary making sure not to over-inflate your tires.
Normal wear and tear on your car’s tires causes them to lose tread and simply wear out. A tire with lost tread, or no tread, can be more likely to pop or go flat. No tread also lessens braking ability which can result in an accident. Replace tires with worn tread once the tread is less than 2/32″.
Valve Stem Leakage
The valve stem can cause leaks when it becomes old, worn, or excessively dirty. If it becomes damaged, your tire will become much more susceptible to popping. If you notice that your valve stem may cause a problem, it can easily be replaced by an automotive repair or tire shop.
Road hazards are a big reason that drivers in the DFW area have tire and other types of issues that require roadside assistance. With so much construction going on in the area, there is often debris on the road that can cause a flat tire and other car damage. Keep focused on the road ahead of you to stay out of the way of debris if at all possible.
Tire Bead Leakage
Tire bead is the sealing surface of your tires and over time, it can become worn and result in slow air loss. To test for this, you can apply soapy water to the tires. If you have tire bead leakage, bubbles will form on the surface of your tires due to the air being expelled.
Your car can become misaligned through normal use and even more so if you’ve hit a curb or two. A car out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and shortens their functional life span. Most tire stores offer free alignment if you bought your tires there, so use that service as needed. It’s recommended to rotate your tires every five thousand to six thousand miles, or every time you get an oil change.
Sometimes, getting a flat tire is just inevitable. If you do find yourself on the side of the road, help is always available. Titan Towing offers affordable roadside assistance in DFW for flat tires, and many other car related issues, and is always happy to help.