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When tires keep losing air, it can be super frustrating. Especially if there aren't any obvious culprits, like a puncture or tear. Before you shell out a few hundred dollars to get your tires replaced, here are a few things to consider.
Sudden drops or rises in temperature can cause your tire pressure to fluctuate pretty dramatically. Typically, tire pressure will fluctuate by one to two pounds (psi) for every 10 degrees in temperature change. So, theoretically, your tires could lose 4 PSI if the temperature drops by 20℉ over a brisk autumn weekend. Conversely, the PSI reading may be misleading after a several-day summer heat wave. And if your tires are old or worn, they'll be particularly vulnerable to these fluctuations.
Before getting a replacement, you should try inflating your tire to the proper psi as listed in your driver's manual, or on the inside of your driver's side door and monitor it for about a week. If the pressure stays the same, you're likely in the clear!
If your tires are still losing air, there are two technical problems to consider: valve stem failure and mounting problems.
The valve stem is the mechanism that allows you to put air in a tire. Because it sticks out of the tire and is exposed to the elements, it can crack and deteriorate or become damaged in severe weather. If this happens, it breaks the seal of the tire's inner tube causing air to slowly and constantly leak out of the tire.
Air can also escape is at the wheel rim, where the tire and wheel meet. If the rim becomes dented when you hit a pothole or skim the curb, it can create a misalignment between the tire and the rim. Rust can also cause damage to your rims—if the corrosion becomes severe, it can cause the tires to develop a slow leak. Maintaining a firm seal between these two components is critical to maintaining consistent tire pressure.
When your tires are under-inflated, it will cause them to wear more quickly, in addition to affecting your steering and gas mileage. If your tires keep losing air, come in for an inspection! All of our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3 year / 36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. Contact us at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.