5 Ways to Self-check Tire Leaks

5 Ways to Self-check Tire Leaks

“Oh! I only inflated the tire a few days ago, and it has become flat again.” My colleague complained. After all, it’s not just a bicycle that runs out of air. It takes time and effort to inflate car tires. The tire is one of the important components to ensure the safety of the car. If there is a problem, the driver will not be safe in driving. Today, let’s talk to you about how to self-check the tire leak so that it can be replaced in time!


1. Damage to the Side and Inner Edge of the Tire

Some car owners have a poor sense of position and often let the side of the tire rub against the road teeth, which will wear the side of the tire over time. The damage to the inner edge of the tire is caused by an operating error when disassembling and installing the tire on the wheel hub. This situation basically occurs in the process of installing a new tire or installing a tire after a tire repair. Damage to the side and inner edge of the tire will cause the tire to leak, and there will be a high risk of tire blowout.

Inspection method: The degree of damage to the side of the tire can be directly observed. In severe cases, cracks and bulges may occur. As long as this situation is found, new tires must be replaced as soon as possible to avoid accidents of puncture. Whether the inner edge of the tire is damaged or not, you need to disassemble the tire  for checking. Therefore, the owner of the vehicle should carefully supervise the operation of the maintenance worker when disassembling the tire in the repair shop.

2. Forgien Objects Stuck into the Tire

Stabbing sharp objects is the most common damage to a tire. Foreign objects that can easily get into the tire include nails, screws, iron wires, glass shards, sharp stones, tiles, etc. Among these foreign objects, nails and screws are the easiest to puncture the tire, causing the tire to leak, and it will also be inserted in the damaged part of the tire. If it is not cleaned in time, it may increase the damage of the damaged part of the tire.

Inspection method: If the tire is pierced with foreign matter, we can find it by carefully observing the tire surface. If the part where the foreign objects hits is relatively hidden, we can also spray water on the surface of the tire in the past to find the place where bubbles are emerging, and sometimes even hear the “hissing” frustrating sound.

Nail on tire

3.  Deformation of the Hub Flange

After a car tire is fully inflated, the outer edge of the tire will fit closely with the flange of the wheel hub to prevent gas leakage in the tire. If the hub flange is deformed by collision, it will affect its tightness with the outer edge of the tire, causing the tire to leak.

Inspection method: If the hub flange is severely deformed, we can find it with the naked eye; if the hub flange deformation is not obvious, you need to remove the wheel first, and then sprinkle water on the connection part between the tire and the hub, where bubbles are generated, the hub is deformed The part causing the dark leak.


4.  Broken Hub

It is rare for a wheel hub to crack. The rupture of the wheel hub will cause the internal gas of the tubeless tire to leak from the cracks, and small cracks will also become a hidden danger of the wheel hub fracture. It can be said that although this situation is rare, it is extremely dangerous.

Inspection method: check that the wheel needs to be removed, and then check whether there are cracks on the surface and inner wall of the hub. If the wheel hub unfortunately has cracks, don’t expect to repair it, and replace it with a new wheel as an insurance.

Broken hub

5. Damaged Tire Valve

If no abnormalities are found on the tires, then we can turn our attention to the tire valve. Family cars are basically equipped with tubeless tires, and the valve is mounted on the wheel hub, mostly made of rubber. After being used for a period of time, the rubber valve will slowly age under the influence of the sun and rain and the air pressure inside the tire.

Inspection method: Check the valve. In addition to seeing whether there are cracks on the surface, you can also touch the rubber of the valve to feel its softness. Since the rubber valve is prone to aging and cracking, the owner may wish to try to replace the metal valve. Although the money to buy a metal valve can buy several rubber valves, a more durable metal valve will make people more at ease and worry-free.


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