Tire Repair in Peterborough, Ontario
Ensuring that your tires are in good condition is essential, not just for you and your passengers' safety, but also for protecting the investment you've made in your vehicle and for good gas mileage. As the leading Mitsubishi dealership in Peterborough, Ontario and serving Lakefield, Millbrook, Lindsay, Port Hope and surrounding areas, we know how important it is to take care of your tires. If your tires need repair or you have any concerns about them, be sure to schedule your service online.
How Far Can You Drive on a Flat Tire?
Experiencing a blowout while driving can be scary. However, with the notable exception of getting your vehicle to the shoulder and out of harm's way, you never want to drive with a flat. Not only does a flat tire lose traction on the road completely flat, but your tire's rim is also going to put pressure on the tire and shred the inside lining removing any possibility that it can be repaired. You're also likely to incur much greater costs. Driving on a flat tire can cause damage to the brake system and to the wheels and rotors.
What Causes Slow Tire Leak?
Slow tire leaks can also be a hazard and are often more difficult to detect. Common causes include poor tire maintenance or smaller punctures that have previously gone unnoticed. Slow leaks may also be caused by corrosion of the air valve, the age of your tires, or wheel wear. In many cases, you might not become aware of a slow leak until the pressure gauge indicator light comes on in your vehicle. If you need this kind of tire repair in Peterborough, Ontario, we're here to help.
How Can You Find a Slow Leak in Your Tire?
A simple way to check for slow leaks is to park your car and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then hose down the tires. If a tire has a slow leak, you should notice bubbles forming around the area where the air is escaping. However, this check is not foolproof, so if you don't see any bubbles but still believe there's a problem, you should schedule your service online with us.
Can You Repair a Tire Sidewall?
The short answer is no. Because there are no cords on the sidewalls of tires like there are on the treads, a plug will not fill a hole in the sidewall. A patch will not hold and you'll be at risk for a blowout. When your sidewall experiences a puncture, it's time to replace the tire altogether.
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