How to know if your Chrysler has a slow tire leak
Low tire pressure can be a nuisance, especially if it becomes a regular occurrence. Heading to the gas station or auto shop every month just to put some air into your tires can be very time-consuming and may lead to further complications in the future. It’s essential to make sure your tires have the right amount of air to function properly and keep you safe on the road.
When you suspect your tires have a slow leak, it’s crucial to diagnose the issue and get it fixed by a professional as soon as possible. Not sure how to tell if your Chrysler has a slow tire leak? Our team at Bill Volz’s Westchester has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about slow tire leaks and some helpful answers. With this guide, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to identify tire leaks on any Chrysler vehicle.
What Is a Slow Tire Leak?
A slow tire leak occurs when a car’s tire loses small amounts of air pressure consistently, which can lead to other complications such as flat tires, blowouts, or inefficient steering of the vehicle over time. Slow tire leaks are relatively common, especially for those driving in industrial areas where driving over metal debris is more likely. Most newly manufactured cars have tire pressure monitoring systems that alert the driver when a tire loses at least 25% air pressure, making it easier to avoid more complex issues in the future.
Even if you have this new technology, identifying a slow leak can still be a challenge. When a driver sees their tire pressure light come on, their first instinct might be to take the vehicle to a gas station to pump in new air manually. If your vehicle rarely has air pressure problems, this situation can be completely normal and not indicative of any more complex issues with the car’s systems. When drivers have to pump new air frequently, they might have a slow leak instead. This situation often requires additional maintenance performed by a professional.
What Causes Tire Leaks?
There are three main causes of slow tire leaks, all of which can go unnoticed for some time before you notice the physical signs:
- Punctured tire: A punctured tire can result from a variety of factors, but usually happens after driving over pieces of metal debris, like nails. This debris wedges itself into your tire, slowly letting out air each time the car’s weight pushes onto the tire itself.
- Damaged valve stem: The valve stem is the small attachment on your wheel where you can add, remove, or check your car’s tire pressure. The valve stem can corrode over time, removing the seal that keeps the air inside the tires and leading to a slow leak.
- Damaged wheel: Another common cause of slow tire leaks is damage to the wheel itself. Impacts from riding over curbs, speed bumps, or potholes can all deform the metal of the wheel, causing tires to fit less snugly in the wheel and a slow leak to form in the space between them.
What Are The Signs of a Slow Tire Leak In Your Chrysler?
When you suspect your Chrysler has a slow tire leak, here are some of the primary signs to look out for:
- Tire pressure light: If your tire pressure monitoring system light comes on frequently, it may be a sign of a slow tire leak. This is especially true if you regularly add air to all your tires and still notice the tire pressure light on a regular basis.
- Poor steering: If your car has low tire pressure because of a slow leak, this can lead to poor maneuvering of the vehicle to no fault of the driver. The lack of air in the tires can make the car sway, making it harder to turn effectively.
- Flat tires: Another sign of a slow tire leak is frequent flat tires, especially if they occur after you park the car for a long time. If you consistently have flat tires even after putting in new air — or replacing them altogether — this could be a sign of a wheel-related maintenance issue causing the slow tire leak.
What Should You Do When You Find a Tire Leak?
When you find a tire leak on your Chrysler, your first point of action should be to contact your dealership. Stop driving the vehicle immediately and inspect your tires for any obvious punctures or damage. If you find the source of a puncture, you can replace it with a space or use a sealant product to buy your tire sometime before bringing the car in for a professional evaluation. Afterward, call or make an appointment online with our service department to schedule a time slot to bring the car in so our expert technicians can repair the leak.
Why Should You Fix a Tire Leak at a Dealership?
Whether your car has a tire leak, faulty light, or low oil, getting it serviced at your Chrysler dealership ensures it gets all the necessary repairs. The technicians at our dealerships are factory-trained and have access to the official parts created by the manufacturer. Therefore, they have access to resources and information that standard auto mechanics simply don’t have. When you take your car to a Chrysler dealership, you can feel confident that you’re receiving the best possible service and care for your vehicle.
So, there you have it. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions for identifying a slow tire leak on your Chrysler. We hope you found this article useful and can apply the information you learned the next time you suspect low tire pressure or a leak.
Did we leave out one of your questions about diagnosing slow tire leaks? Want to learn more about proper Chrysler maintenance and care? Feel free to contact us today at Bill Volz’s Westchester in Cortlandt, New York, and a member of our dedicated staff will be more than happy to answer your questions. You can also call our service center at 888-711-9927.