Nothing can put a damper on your day quite like walking out to your car and seeing that one of your tires has gone flat – except for maybe having a tire go flat while you’re driving through Orlando traffic. If you’re wondering what caused this massive inconvenience, read on to see what the cause may have been. Contact American Roadside Assistance of Orlando today for our flat tire replacement services to help you get back on the road and on your way.
Valve Stem Leakage
If the valve stem on your car is old or dirty, then it’s quite common for leaks to pop up. Over time, these old or dirty stems allow air to escape from the tire. This can create an imbalance with the rest of your tires and can put you at a much higher risk for a popped tire. The good news is, replacing the valve stem is a quick and easy fix! Take the tire to a shop or garage and ask them to replace it.
Orlando is a hot place, especially in the summer! That’s one reason why we see so many damaged tires as the hot weather just gets hotter. Heat can lead to flat tires because of the air within your tires. Tire air expands as the temperature outside goes up, and this pressure can eventually be too much on your poor tires. In general, for every 10 degrees warmer it gets outdoors, your tires will gain a pound of pressure per square inch. When this pressure becomes too much, the rubber will give out and pop just as easily as a balloon. Check out your tire pressure levels in the morning before you head to work, especially before the midday heat. Also, be careful to never over-inflate your tires.
Tire Bead Leakage
The sealing surface of your tire is what’s known as the tire bead. When your tires are a bit past their prime and have seen quite a bit of distance, air is more likely to leak out through the tire bead. In order to check for this issue, spray soapy water on the surface of your tires, your wheels, and the valve system. If you start to see bubbles on the surface, this indicates that you might have a bead leak.
Wear and Tear
Sometimes, your tires just get too old and worn down to keep going! We highly recommend getting your tires rotated every five to six thousand miles, even though more tires can easily last between 30 thousand and 80 thousand miles before you need to replace them entirely. Keep in mind that the Orlando heat, your driving conditions, and any storage issues in your car can affect the tires and their lifespan. In general, you should have your tires rotated at every other oil change. Your mechanic will be able to tell you when your tires are about at the end of their life. Always listen to their advice!
The roads are full of potholes, ruts, and uneven surfaces which can all lead to a flat tire. However, the most common causes are sharp objects that you drive over on accident. The good news is these can usually be patched up pretty quickly and don’t often demand a tire replacement.
Contact the Flat Tire Professionals
At American Roadside Assistance of Orlando, we are here to help. Our professionals are available 24 hours a day to help you get back on the road safely. When it comes to having assistance on hand, we are just a phone call away. Reach out to us today, and we will be right there!