Got a nail in your tire? Don’t drive on it. Get it fixed. The auto care experts at one of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers can help you with that.
You were out late last evening to see the lights at Lake Ripley Park. At one point, you thought you might have driven over some construction debris but in the darkness, you weren’t sure. When you got home, you checked your tire and, sure enough, you found a nail in one of your tires.
It doesn’t seem to be embedded too deeply so you’re wondering, is it okay to drive around with a nail in your tire, especially if you’re not going out on the highway?
No, it’s not okay to drive with a nail, or other object, embedded in your tire.
“The short answer is no, it’s not safe to drive with a nail in your tire. As soon as any kind of foreign object has lodged itself into your tire, the chances of a blowout skyrocket,” autoblog.com says. “There’s a chance that the nail has caused a leak in the tire, allowing air to escape. If you’re driving at speed with a tire down on air pressure, that tire could suffer a blowout, causing it to explode and causing you to lose control of the car. On the highway, that could lead to a dangerous crash.”
The next question is – can the tire be repaired? Maybe.
Autoblog.com says, “The resolution could be as simple as the tire shop removing the nail and patching the tire. However, there’s also a good chance that the nail has caused enough damage to the tire that repair is not an option, particularly if there is damage to a sidewall. In this case, you’ll need a new tire.”
How do you know what’s best? Take your car to see the trusted Madison tire repair specialists at one of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers. They can tell if you need a new tire or if the old tire can be repaired. If it can be repaired, Madison Auto Care's tire technicians can do the job. If it needs replacing, all Madison Auto Care service centers carry all makes, models and size of tire to suit any car or driving style - Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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