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Tire Repair

What Should You Do If You Get a Flat Tire?

What you should do when you have a flat tire depends on when and how you notice. Most of the time this will happen in one of two ways: while you’re driving or when your walking up to your car about to drive.

If you’re lucky enough to notice it before you’re in the car, the solution is simple. Just pull the flat tire off and replace with your spare before heading to the shop to have your tire repaired. You should always try to avoid driving on a flat as it can cause serious damage to your vehicle and also poses a significant safety risk.

Most times you’re going to feel the effects of the flat tire before you hear or see it. You will notice a pull to the side of the flat. As soon as you do notice, be sure to pull over a safe distance from the road, as you will need the space to put on the spare. Then all that’s left is to bring your tire to the shop for a repair.

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When Should You Replace a Flat Tire?

Not all flat tires are equal in damage. These problems have the possibility to create a blowout, inducing a loss of control that can easily be incredibly unsafe. You may need to replace your tire completely if you notice any of the following:
  • Splitting or protruding treads or sidewalls that might imply there is wear or weak point
  • Foreign objects that penetrate in to the tire (nails, screws, glass)
  • Tread tearing away from the body of the tire

How to Avoid Getting a Flat Tire:

Flat tires eventually happen to everyone. However, there are some ways to help you reduce the likelihood a flat tire will happen to you:
  • Maintain proper tire pressure
  • Check to make sure you have a spare and it’s aired up
  • Check your tires for uneven wear often
  • Shop for good tread when you buy new tires
  • Don’t drive near construction zones if you can help it
  • Check your brakes regularly
  • Keep a can of compressed air in your vehicle

Reliable Flat Tire Repair in St Louis, MO

If you have recently gotten a flat tire or are sitting on the side of the road right now, choose Master Auto Repair of Webster Groves for your tire repair needs. We have a full staff of expert technicians who can have you in and out quickly and with a repair you can trust. Make an appointment online, give us a call at (314) 843-0090 or drop by the shop on Watson Road today!