A Slow Tyre Leak? How to Diagnose

While drivers may not always stick to the exact PSI requirement for their tyres, a leaking tyre should be addressed and repaired as soon as possible for your safety or the safety of other vehicles on the road. A leak is typically caused by a hole or rip in the tyre, which may be easily identified and either fixed or replaced depending on the severity. The slow tyre leak, on the other hand, is far more harmful because the puncture or hole is either incredibly small or, in some situations, virtually non-existent.

Selecting a slow tyre leak could be a challenging process, and depending on the source, it can be difficult to repair. But understanding what to look for can make detecting a slow tyre leak lot easier. These are just a handful of the most prevalent reasons of a slow tyre leak and how to detect them before they become too serious.

The most frequent causes of a slow tyre leak

Problem with the Valve Stem

When you buy new tyres, they normally come with new valve stems because the old ones might deteriorate over time due to wear and chemicals exposure on the road. If one of the valves fails, there will be a slow and steady leak through the base or body of the valve.

Damage to the Mounting Surface 

If the mount surface of the wheel, and that is where the tyre’s bead sits, is destroyed by corrosion or road impact, such as a steep bump or a hole, a leak can occur without a hole being apparent on the tyre itself.

Punctures That Are Difficult to See

If you run over a little nail, it might puncture the tyre between the treads, making it difficult to spot. Because the pin can still hold air in, any leak will be extremely gradual, and any punctured damage will be more difficult to detect.

To try to identify a slow leak caused by a minor puncture, spray the tyre with a mixture of water and dish soap and check for any air bubbles formed, noting where they occur to rapidly patch the hole before taking your car in to be serviced.

Just fully inflate your tyre and sprinkle a mix of water and dishwashing soap onto the tyre valve stem, as well as the inner and outside edge of the wheel. This will determine the source of the problem. If there is a leak, any air that escapes will create bubbles in the soap and water where the leak is located. You’ll be capable of taking it to the shop and have it repaired or replaced with that knowledge.

Is it safe to drive a car with a gradual tyre leak?

Another frequently asked topic is if it is safe to drive a vehicle with a gradual leak in one of the tyres. The simple answer is no, it is exceedingly risky to drive on a flat tyre. When you drive on a tyre that is underinflated or flat, the tyre becomes a blowout threat. In the event of a blowout, you will lose control of your vehicle, making it exceedingly unsafe for both you and other drivers on the road.