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Changing a Flat Tire in Durham

Changing a Flat Tire in Durham

Changing a Flat Tire Durham[/caption]For all the working parts, fuel, metal and intricate electronics that make up an automobile, the comparatively basic tire is the only part of your vehicle in perpetual contact with the road. And because you can’t fully plan for what will be in the tire’s path at any given second, it is also one of the most at risk for failure. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are over 220 million flats each year in the United States alone with an estimated 23,000 vehicles damaged by a flat tire to the point that they need a tow.

Protect yourself and your vehicle by knowing how to properly care for your tires and if an unexpected blowout does occur, what to do and who to call in an emergency.

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Tires aren’t meant to last forever, but you can help yourself avoid unexpected early failures (the nice way of saying blowouts) with some minimal routing maintenance below:

Check Your Air Pressure Regularly

One of the top common causes of flat tires are improperly inflated tires. Underinflated pressures on a tire cause premature wear on the outside of the tread while over inflation causes wear on in the middle. In addition to hurting you fuel economy, these wear spot become more susceptible to impacts like debris in the road or pot holes.

Refer to your owner’s manual for the proper inflation PSI (Pressure per Square Inch) from your front and rear tires and check the pressure on a regular basis. Be sure to test when your car is cold, in other words: when your car has been at rest for a few hours.   We at Durham Towing, check our tires every other week using a robust tire gauge. While the standard ruler gauges are okay, they can get gummed up with debris and can quickly become un-calibrated.

Keep an Eye on Your Tire Treads

The best way to gauge the remaining life on your tire is by measuring you tread. Tire manufactures include something called a “wear bar” in between the treads of the tire that show when the useful life of the tire has been reached. If the plane of the tire surface has reached the level of the wear bars – it’s time to get a new set.

Visually inspect your tread as well. If you see a portion of the tread more worn than another, this most likely indicates that you’ve either over or under-inflated your tires. Remember: over-inflated tires are more worn in the middle, while underinflated tires show more wear on the edges. This also may be a sign of misalignment. If you suspect misaligned tires, see if your oil-change vendor can check when you go in for service.

Rotate Your Tires When You Change Your Oil

Since your car’s mass in spread unevenly, each tire receives a different amount of downward pressure and wear when you drive. This can lead to uneven wear patterns on your tire’s tread. In order to maintain the best even tread wear on your tires, make sure to rotate your car tires on a regular basis. The NHTSA recommendation for tire rotation is at every 5,000 miles. So if you don’t have it as part of your regular maintenance, make it part of your routine as you change your oil.

Our Flat Tire Service

Despite your best prevention efforts, sometimes blowouts just occur. If you’ve encountered a flat tire on the road and you need assistance in the Durham / Chapel Hill area in North Carolina, don’t hesitate to give Durham Towing Company a call. We can help change or fix a flat and get you moving on your way in no time – and a great rate too.

In addition to out 24/7 flat tire service, we also offer a full suite of services including Wrecker Services, Automotive Repair, Jump Start Car Service and any and all of your Towing needs.   And since we are centrally located in Durham you won’t be waiting long for our service trucks to arrive. Call us today at (919) 805-3344

Contact us at (919) 805-3344