How to fix a flat
February 21, 2011 8:57 AM Subscribe
What's the cheapest (safe) way to take care of a leaking car tire?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to travel & transportation (25 answers total)
One of my car tires has been slowly going flat. I filled it with air last week and within a couple days it was looking dangerously low again. I've got to take care of this today.
I'm on a very, very tight budget. It's my understanding that the "right" way to do this is to replace all four tires with new ones, so they are all the same type and will all wear evenly. I can't afford to do this, so what do you recommend? I'm thinking I should just buy a single used tire as a temporary fix, then in a couple months when I have more money available replace all four. Is this a bad idea?
What else could I do? Could I have someone find and patch the leak on my existing tire? That would probably be even cheaper, which is critical at this point in time. What else should I know about my options? What kind of shop should I go to? I've never done this before. Though money's in short supply right now, I don't want to be so cheap that I risk damaging my car somehow, or making it unsafe to ride in.
If it makes a difference, the car is AWD; I'm not sure if/how that affects the tires.