Flat Tire KNOW HOW
August 17, 2017
Many of us have experienced that dreadful moment when you start your car and the warning alert comes on. This time is for your tire pressure. Does it just need air? Is there a leak? Is it a flat? Use these KNOW HOW tips to know if your flat needs to be repaired or replaced.
SIGNS OF A FLAT TIRE
- Vehicle warning alert
- Vehicle vibrating when driving
- Vehicle pulling toward on side
CHECKING FOR A TIRE LEAK
- Inflate with air then listen for a hissing noise and feel the tire for air leaking out
- Inflate with air and use your vehicle’s tire sensors. Monitor the level of pressure in the potential leaking tire.
If air leaks out or pressure continues to fall, bring you vehicle to your local NAPA AutoCare Center to have a certified technician check it out.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A FLAT?
- Put on spare tire immediately. Drive slowly with a spare. Spare tires can only handle about 50 mph.
- Do NOT drive on a flat tire. Driving on a flat tire will destroy your tire. It will also damage your rim.
- Get your tire repaired or replaced. Visit your local NAPA AutoCare Center to have certified technicians repair with a plug or replace your tire.
REPAIR OR REPLACE?
- If the shoulders or sidewalls are punctured, the tire will need to be replaced.
- If there is a large tread punctured, the tire will need to be replaced.
- Tires can be repaired up to three times. After three times the tire will need to be replaced.
It is important to ensure the legs of our vehicles are properly maintained and repaired when needed. Remember to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the proper tire pressure. When in doubt, always get it checked out. Visit the certified technicians at your local NAPA AutoCare Center for any of your tire needs.