How to Identify Soft Spots on Tires

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Soft spots on tires can mean flats or air leaks later on if they're not kept in check. Identify soft spots on tires with help from an expert in the automotive industry in this free video on auto repair.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. And today we are going to talk a little bit about soft spots on tires. This particular tire had a tough life. It ran low on air and now it has a soft spot running all around the tire. If you don't pay attention to the air pressure in your tires it will do damage to this tire and could end up like this one. If you don't pay attention long enough it could end up like this one. This tire was run low on air and it destroyed the tire. You want to look for tire pressure, your tire should have a tiny bulge at the bottom as all radial tires do. You want to look on the door of the automobile to get the specific pressure for each tire. The tires are going to run anywhere from 28 to 50 pounds depending upon the application and the vehicle. Most modern cars since 2006 have had a system called TPMS where your car watches the temperature and pressure inside the tire. If the pressure was to get low or the temperature was to exceed maximum limits there will be a warning indicator on your dash and you'd know it's time to pull over, walk around your car and look at the air pressures in your tire so this kind of thing doesn't happen. If your tire shows damage like this it's a good idea to get to a qualified professional and have them look at it and assess the tire. I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


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