Many drivers don’t think a lot about tire pressure, let alone concern themselves with low tire pressure, but that can be a dangerous mistake. Tire inflation that’s too low can reduce the lifespan of your tires, reduce vehicle performance, and possibly cause a tire to fail and blow out.
Sometimes, a driver isn’t sure of the cause of a low tire pressure warning on their dashboard, so let’s take some time to review the most common reasons why your Maserati loses tire pressure.
Common Reasons for Tire Pressure Changes
- Tread Puncture: Although a broken glass bottle is unlikely to do major damage to your tires, several road hazards can puncture the sidewall, such as a 5-inch nail that the carpenter left on the road. This normally results in a flat tire right away, but some smaller foreign objects can insert themselves tightly enough in your tire tread to keep it inflated but allow small amounts of air to escape slowly. Also, a minor bump can cause the object to become dislodged, resulting in quick air loss. If you drive on that tire for too long, you may have tread separation, which is a very dangerous occurrence in which the tread separates from the tire and blows out. It’s always good to glance at your tires each week to ensure there are no foreign objects in the tread.
- Corrosion in the seat of the wheel bead: Obviously, your tire is mounted to a wheel. The tire bead seat, for instance, is one of the elements of that wheel. The wheel bead seat is located above the tire well and right beneath the wheel flange. Beads are the tire’s and the wheel’s first points of contact. A tire bead serves two purposes: it increases braking clearance and prevents air loss. As a result, if you have an obsolete wheel or one made of rust-prone diecast metals, you may experience tire air leaks as a result of corrosion. A slight space between the flange and your tire might cause the tire to progressively deflate, triggering the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) warning.
- Missing valve caps: If your valve cap is missing, your tire is more likely to lose pressure slowly, sometimes as little as 2 PSI every month, even if the outside temperature remains constant. Examine your tires to determine if any of the air-fill caps have gone missing. If that’s the case, come by our professional auto care center and get a new set inexpensively!
- A faulty valve stem: When chemicals are included, tire valves can degrade over time, usually several years. Your valve stems will become thin or fragile over time, resulting in gradual tire pressure losses. Bad air-fill valves, unlike other causes of tire PSI reductions, are frequently present in all of your tires, allowing for easy diagnosis. If this happens, the best thing you can do is get new tires.
The Negative Impacts of Low Tire Pressure
- It is cost-intensive: Tire life is also shortened when the tire pressure is too low. Low tire pressure misshapes the tire’s footprint, which is where your car’s rubber meets the road, causing tire wear to skyrocket. This frequently manifests itself as exceptionally heavy wear on both the outer and inner sides of a tire. The life of a tire will be shortened as a result of this damage, necessitating premature tire replacement.
- It affects handling negatively: Low tire pressure also affects how effectively your car handles. During cornering and braking, the sidewalls of a tire that is underinflated flex more than they were supposed to. The tread squirms, indicating that it is in contact with the road. The tire has reduced traction and stability. Steering response becomes sluggish and braking distances tend to increase. Low tire pressure is especially dangerous in an emergency when you need all of your car’s response and braking traction to escape an accident. Low tire pressure deprives your tires of the traction and responsiveness necessary to keep you safe.
European Service Center will Help You
The first indicator that something is wrong is if you detect air pressure loss in any of your tires. A technician or a licensed tire service establishment should be contacted to help resolve this for you.
Our technicians at European Service Center serve clients in Alpharetta, Chamblee, Cumming, Norcross, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Roswell, and Atlanta, GA. We are ready to diagnose and fix your Maserati’s problems. Simple tread punctures can be repaired, wheels can be realigned, and new tires can be installed. Contact us today, and we’ll get you safely back on the road!