Is it Safe to Drive With a Tire That Has a Slow Leak?

Driving with a slow leak in your tire is potentially dangerous because it can cause a flat tire. Once the tire becomes flat, it can become a blowout hazard. A blowout can cause you to lose control of the vehicle, putting yourself and others at risk for a car accident. If you notice your tires are not holding air like they are supposed to, or you have to keep putting air in your tire constantly, your tire may have a slow leak. It is best to get the tire looked at by a mechanic so they can diagnose the problem and repair the leak and/or the tire. There are several ways to check for a tire leaking of air.

Here are some things to look for if you feel that one of your tires is slowly leaking:

  • One way to check for a leak is to listen near the suspect tire. Sometimes you will be able to hear the pressurized air escaping from the small hole in the tire. It will sound like a faint hissing noise. If you hear this, make an appointment with a mechanic to have your tire problem inspected and repaired.

  • Another way to check if the tire has a leak is to move your hand across the entire area of the tire to feel any air that is leaking out. If you suspect one area, focus putting your hand over the spot to see if you feel any air. Chances are if you have a small hole, you will be able to feel the pressurized air coming out.

  • A tire with a low psi can cause heat to build up in the tire, which can cause wear and eventually a blowout. If a slow leak is left unattended, the entire tire could be lost and would have to be replaced, where a small patch or plug could have fixed the tire before. A blowout requires a more intensive repair than a relatively simple one if you would have had the leaked checked out when you first suspected it.

Driving with a slow leaking tire is dangerous, especially at higher speeds. The tire should be looked at by a professional as soon as the leak is noticed. If the tire does happen to fail while you are driving, causing a blowout, you may lose control of the vehicle causing injury to yourself and others. If you suspect a leak in your tire, make sure to have it repaired or replaced by a mechanic as soon as possible to prevent experiencing anything worse from occurring.


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Nicholas

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Toyota Camry V6-3.0L - Spare Tire Installation - Knightdale, North Carolina
Nicholas finished an earlier appointment which enabled him to come by earlier than originally scheduled. I'm very grateful he chose to reschedule. While replacing a flat with my donut spare, he instructed me on how to safely drive to the tire shop for the repair. More importantly to have the shop add air to the donut spare. Nicholas did an excellent job. He as very professional. Thank you
Ford E-150 Econoline - Spare Tire Installation - Durham, North Carolina
I was VERY pleased with Nicholas' expertise and was more than delighted that he was so prompt. He was very polite and friendly, and he did a marvelous job. If I ever need any repairs to my vehicle in the future, I would definitely ask for Nicholas.

Luis

29 years of experience
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Luis
29 years of experience
Toyota Prius L4-1.5L Hybrid - Spare Tire Installation - Prospect Heights, Illinois
Luis attended my car today and help in fixing the issue quickly. He is nice and friendly guy. I will recommend him for any services.

Hugh

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Hugh
11 years of experience
Toyota FJ Cruiser V6-4.0L - Spare Tire Installation - Castle Rock, Colorado
Hugh came to change out a flat tire for my spare today. I have to say that I feel sheepish for calling someone to come help because I know how to change a tire but I was at work and on shift until 2 am and he came to my place of work. Instead of just installing my spare, he took the time to evaluate the situation. I had a nail in my tire and he took the tire to get patched and my vehicle drove better on my way home than when I left this morning. It was snowing sideways when he showed up to help me. He was a bit of a godsend in the moment and I would recommend him to anyone. I was just distressed because I did not have enough tip to give this guy for overachieving when I needed it. Huge five star review. I only hope to pay his generosity forward. He was more than worth the cost and he did a phenomenal job.

Jonathan

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Jonathan
26 years of experience
Honda Civic L4-1.7L - Spare Tire Installation - Smyrna, Georgia
Jonathan was very punctual, friendly, and transparent. He clearly explained everything he did and provided detail about any additional work he recommended. Great work!

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