Many car tires require filling about two to three times a month or checking every time you fill up your tank at the gas station. If your tires are often underinflated or frequently flat, there may be several factors that could be causing this.
Worn Out Tires
As tires get older, and the tread wears down, they become more exposed and susceptible to sharp objects and other hazards that can cause them to go flat. Proper maintenance such as wheel alignment, regular rotation, and keeping to the right air pressure level can preserve their condition and prolong life.
Incorrect Air Pressure Level
Vehicles come with a recommended air pressure level for tires. If you fill below or above that level, it may damage the tires. Underinflation can also put pressure on your engine, increasing fuel consumption. Make it a habit to check tire pressure regularly to avoid unnecessary flats.
If there is one specific tire that always needs filling or replacing, it is possible you might have a slow puncture. Sharp objects and other debris can be lodged into the tread, causing holes through which air slowly escapes over time.
Slow punctures tend to make the car pull to one side when you are either braking or holding the steering wheel lightly. Perform a visual inspection to check for objects or ask a mechanic to conduct one for you. Holes can be patched temporarily, but the tire will need replacing eventually.
Leaking Valve Stem
The valve stem on your car is responsible for keeping air in after you inflate it. Therefore, if it leaks, the tire will go flat. Leakage usually happens when the valve stem is worn or needs cleaning. Ask a professional to check it for you and advise on whether it needs to be cleaned or replaced.
Potholes on the road, whether big or small, not only put you at risk of getting a flat but can cause damage to the rest of the car. This is also true of roads that are uneven or bumpy. Some may have debris or sharp objects that can easily cause a puncture.
If you cannot find a better road to use, remember to drive slowly and carefully instead of speeding through. Extra care should be taken if you are not familiar with a road or are driving at night. You should also be cautious after a spell of bad weather or if there is construction nearby.
The condition of tires greatly affects the safety and efficiency of a car. Checking them every time you visit a gas station is good practice as it can help you identify problems sooner. Remember to fill tires up at the correct pressure level, check for debris and inspect valves, especially after driving on bad roads.