Flat Tire Service

Have a car with a flat tire in Lancaster Pa – call Patriot – St. Denis – RC Towing at (717) 393-8881.

flat-tire-service-lancaster-pa-by-rc-towingPatriot – St. Denis – RC Towing will get a car or truck with a damaged tire back on the road in Lancaster Pa.  Our professional drivers will arrive on time to fix a flat tire in Lancaster Pa.  Our drivers are equipped with professional-grade jacks.   These “jacks”  have 1.5 ton of lifting capacity and meet ANSI/ASME safety standards.

FRIENDLY REMINDER:  Most spare tires (the undersized “donut” tires) are not designed for speeds of more than 50 MPH or for long distances. Exceeding this speed can cause problems, including failure of the spare tire. Instead, drive slowly and carefully to a shop and have your tire repaired or replaced.

Tire Maintenance – Popular Mechanics

Inspecting Tires – If you hit a road hazard such as a sharp rock, of course you’re going to look as soon as possible for damage. But remember, even if the exterior looks fine, the tire may be damaged inside. Although it may not slow-leak, it could fail suddenly. You’d be wise to get the car to a tire shop so the tire can be demounted and given an internal inspection. The few dollars is a great investment in peace of mind, and if there is internal damage, forget about a patch. Invest in new rubber.

Wheel alignment – If the wheels are misaligned, they don’t roll true down the road. The side slippage produces friction, which raises tire temperatures and not only increases tread wear but causes the wear to be uneven.So inspect the tire treads. As you do, pry out pebbles from the grooves. They reduce traction and can damage the tread area.

The treads –  should be deepest at midpoint–at least 1/8 in. thick. That’s 1/16 in. above the tread bars that are the official “replace them” indicators. However, you need tread above those bars or the tire will do a poor job of shedding any water and slush it runs into on the road. The wear pattern should be relatively even at each side, although it might be somewhat greater in the middle. Tread wear that is “feathered”–worn to a sharp edge at one or both sides–or much greater on one side is a sign of misalignment.

If you see cuplike wear in the treads, typically along one side, the possible causes are wheels that are out of balance, worn-out shocks or struts, and loose suspension components. The classic sign of unbalanced wheels is high-speed (50 mph and up) vibration, and it usually surfaces before the cuplike wear becomes noticeable. Suspension problems usually produce shake at lower speeds.

Look for any cuts on the surface of the tire that expose the steel belt or fabric cord. This is grounds for immediate replacement.

Tires with unevenly worn treads should be replaced, unless the problem is caught early and there’s plenty of tread depth left. In that case, they could provide a moderate amount of life on the rear wheels, particularly on a front-drive car. However, if you have an all-wheel drive that you push pretty hard, invest in an entire set of new tires.