Q: Tire seems low

asked by on

Why does my tire look low on the bottom? It looks low at the bottom but it doesn't really feel like a flat tire. It still runs smooth. But it just looks flat at the bottom. But feels hard on the top of the tire like it doesn't need air. Even when I put air in the tire it only fills at the top and not the bottom. Not sure why?

My car has 218000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. There are several reasons why a tire might appear to be low, when in fact it has the recommended air pressure. First and foremost, a tire is designed to have a foot print, or flat spot that maintains contact on the road. As the tire spins, it creates centripetal force, which actually causes the tire’s width to decrease, which causes the tire to maintain the round shape the tire has when it’s off the vehicle. When this occurs, the tires foot print is reduced. This is why it seems harder to turn the slower you drive. If the car is stopped, and the wheel is turned to the left or right, it will also appear low. The best way to know for certain is to check your tires air pressure at least once per month. If you’re a member of Costco, you can stop by their tire shop and they will check it for free - as will most tire service centers.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Tire seems low

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Performance chip messed up my car

Since I don't know what kind of chip you have or the specifics of how it was installed, I'm not sure how much advice I can provide. But first, I would start by double checking that everything is exactly how...

Q: My Camry 2009 won't go past 2 (rpm) while parked and when I put it on drive the acelerator won't react at all. No rpm at all.

Hi Carlos. Thanks for contacting us tonight. Generally speaking, when this type of error occurs, it's due to a throttle control sensor or electronic throttle control system failure. It's also possible that a fuel system component might be excessively dirty...

Q: Check Engine code P0351

Hi there. This code is set when the PCM detects a fault in ignition coil #1. There are 6 coils in your vehicle. The problem may be the coil itself or it may be a wiring issue. Diagnostic information along...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...