Learn how that flat tire your car has isn’t from a rogue nail, what bead sealer is, and how it will get you back on the road driving again.
As you approach your vehicle, oh no! You notice the tire is low on air. Well, I’m sure this has happened to you, and if not, consider yourself lucky.
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center. It’s inevitable that over time, your tire or tires can become low on air.
Tires can lose air not just from sharp objects puncturing the tire or from faulty valve stems, but other problems can occur with your tire.
When you drive down the road, over time, your tire can get debris between the tire and the rim. You can start having sand, dirt, asphalt, or gravel build up between the rim and the tire.
Also, it isn’t uncommon for the rim to start pitting or corroding the metal, which can give you room for leaking.
When you get your tire repaired for this problem, it is certainly different than having a nail in your tire. To repair leaking at the rim, it requires the tire to be dismounted from the rim.
Then a sander is used to smooth out the rim of any pits and a wire brush is used to remove the debris that has built up on the rim.
Once the rim is all smooth and clean, then it is remounted to the tire. And that’s where bead sealer is used.
Bead sealer is a natural rubber solution that adheres to the rim around the tire, providing a tight seal to protect your tire from leaking.
So next time your technician says to you, “Ma’am, Sir, you need bead sealer,” you realize that you are not responsible for the problem of losing air because you didn’t drive over a nail.
You can always call us at (609) 625-3286.