Main Causes and Repair of Flat Tires
Being stranded with a flat tire is a nightmare for every driver. A flat tire can be a harrowing experience; usually it usually happens when you are in great hurry to get somewhere. If you have a spare tire and you know how to change it, then that’s great but if you don’t you will need to look for a towing service or roadside assistance service available in your area.
A puncher tire measuring up to one quarter inch can be repaired by automobile service professionals. However, if the cut is slightly bigger or it is a sidewall puncture, tire repair is not a practical solution and the flat tire needs to be replaced.
A flat tire can happen because of a foreign object, improper care or an inexperienced driver. Blow outs, slow leaks, pinch cuts, punctures form sharp objects can cause a flat tire. A puncture is usually caused by a sharp object; a cut made by a sharp object can easily be patched up.
Slow leaks of the tube inside the tire can be replaced, although they are hard to find. Pinch cuts make a dent in the rim. A sudden let-out of the air accompanied by the flapping sound is what causes blow outs.
Once you realize that you have a flat tire the first thing you should do is park your vehicle in a safe place, and turn on the hazard lights. Now you can call to a locksmith company which can provide roadside assistance and towing service for flat tires.
There are number of automobile services that are provided by locksmith companies. Although if you find yourself in an area where roadside assistance is not probable you can try tire repairing by yourself, here are few simple tips for you.
First of all, make sure that you have all the equipments required to change flat tire such as a jack, tire iron and of course a spare tire. Now loosen the lug nuts with the tire iron. Once they are loosened it’s time to lift the vehicle with the help of the jack.
The vehicle only needs to be lifted up enough to raise the tire two inches from the ground floor. Now you can completely remove the lug nuts and flat tire. Place the spare tire keeping the lug nuts and tire holes in a synchronized position and tighten the lug nuts in the opposite direction that you used to remove them.
Please remember that you never know when you may need to place a tire again so make sure you place a spare tire in your car as soon as possible.