How To Spot A Tire Leak

Written by Brotherhood Garage

March 30, 2021

It’s finally Spring! The sun is out, the ice is gone and it’s prime time for travel. Whether it’s for Spring Break or your next fishing trip, everyone hits the road when the weather looks good, which means it’s time to check your tires.

After all that bad winter weather, your tires have probably taken a beating. From cold temperatures, salted roads, and newly formed potholes, your tires have most likely taken some damage and could be leaking. 


Before you take your first trip of 2021, now is the time to look for potential leaks, and here’s how! 


Finding a slow leak is harder than you think. Unless there’s a gaping hole in the side of your tire, you’re going to have to take a closer look. 


First, when taking a close look, check the sidewalls and tread for obvious signs. Look for any foreign objects sticking out, such as wood, nails, and glass. You’ll want to carefully move your tires around while inspecting so you don’t miss the inside and back of the tire. If you see something that does look damaged, mark it with a pen or piece of chalk. This way you don’t forget where you found it. 


Now that you’ve used your eyes, it’s time to use those ears for the hiss test. You’ll do this by taking your car to a quiet place and shutting it off. You’ll want as little noise around you as possible while you look for the tear. Check for the hiss of air while walking around your car. If you don’t hear anything at first then let your car move a little bit at a time in case the location of the hole is covered.


If you think you found the spot by now, it’s time for the soapy water method. This method needs only a spray bottle and water mixed with dish soap. When you have your bottle ready, spray the contents over the tire, including; any damage, the valve stem, and where the tire meets the rubber. If there is an air leak you will see bubbles forming!  


With all holes marked then you’re ready for patching if needed. If you can’t find the tear but you’re still losing air, then your next step is to head over to the auto shop. Remember, it can be extremely dangerous to drive on damaged tires. 


The mechanics at Brotherhood Garage can ensure that your car is serviced and maintained, to keep you and your family safe on the road. If you need help with any of these tips, feel free to ask us for help. If you would like to make an appointment, call (405) 265-7617 today

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