Can You Drive on a Slow Leaking Tire?

It could be dangerous to drive when a tire has a slow leak, but sometimes it can’t be helped. If you must go in such a situation, keep the speed down as much as possible and stay off highways. 

If the tire pressure gets too low, you could have a blowout. If the tire doesn’t blow out, you could still damage it to the point that it cannot be repaired. 

So, whenever your tire has a slow leak, bring it to Little Wolf Automotive Express Lube in Antigo, WI for tire services as soon as possible. 

When You Should Never Drive on a Leaky Tire

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It’s better if you can determine the location of the leak. 

If it’s apparently because of a nail in the tire, air it up and drive immediately to Little Wolf Automotive in Antigo, WI. Do not pull out the nail or screw, as you will lose all air pressure.

If the leak is from the valve stem or an unknown source, it’s better to remove and bring the tire to our shop or have your vehicle towed. Unknown leaks can happen between the tire and rim or through the dry rot. If you hit a bump in the right location, you may exacerbate such leaks. 

Repairing Slow Tire Leaks and Other Tire Services in Antigo, WI

We can repair some leaking tires, but others are not repairable. 

  • If a puncture is in the tread, we can plug or patch the tire. 
  • If it is in the sidewall, you’ll need a new tire. 
  • If the valve stem leaks, we can sometimes repair the issue by replacing the valve stem. If the tire continues to leak with a new valve stem, you might have a problem with the rim. 
  • If the tire is dry rotted, you’ll also have to replace the tire. 
  • If the tire tread is worn too far, you will also have to replace the tire

 

Aside from repairing leaks and replacing tires, Little Wolf Automotive in Antigo, WI can also rotate and balance tires.

Little Wolf Automotive in Antigo, WI Offers Tire Sales and Services

You might need new tires if the tread is too worn or if the tread is worn unevenly to the extent that the tire is not safe. 

Tires that wear unevenly could leak and are usually caused by worn or broken suspension parts. Driving with worn or broken suspension parts is also dangerous as the tire could blow out. Or it could cause you to lose control as the tire and suspension pull the steering wheel to the left or right.

Whether you need a new tire because of a leak or you want new tires all around, Little Wolf Automotive in Antigo, WI has the tires for your vehicle. 

Call our shop in Antigo, WI at 715-350-4287 or fill out this form for an appointment. You can also stop by 1436 Neva Rd, Antigo, WI 54409, so an experienced tire mechanic can check your tires.