Finding Leaks in Your Tires

June 7th, 2019 Posted by used tires, used tires near me 0 thoughts on “Finding Leaks in Your Tires”

Finding Leaks in Your Tires


If the air in your tires is decreasing slowly, but more than the “normal” amount of one to three psi a month, and you want to find out where the tire is leaking from, there are a few ways you can check.

Although this might be common sense, be sure to take a look first and make sure there is not a nail in the tire anywhere. Once you have concluded that there is not a nail in the tire, feel around and listen for any hissing. If you are feeling around and the tire is hot, the area that is leaking air will feel even hotter than the rest of the tire.


The next option is a little more complicated, but it works. You could remove the wheel and put it in water. The area that is leaking will start to release small bubbles in a few minutes. If you do not see bubbles after a while, be sure to take a look on the other side of the tire.


An easier way is to use soapy water to find the leak. You can add soap or twenty percent detergent into a spray bottle with water and spray around the entire edge of the rim. Start by spraying the valve stem first and then work your way to the inside/outside edges of the rim. Just like in submerging the tire in water, bubbles will start to appear where the leak. Keep in mind that it will take about five minutes minimum before you will see any bubbles.


If you are noticing a great deal of areas where leaks are present, it would be safer for you to replace the tire instead of repairing it. We would be extremely happy to help you in that process.

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