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Keeping your vehicle in the best condition possible is important. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle. The tires will need to be inspected. The air pressure should be inspected on each tire. If the tires are under inflated, they can be more prone to blowing out when you drive. They will also wear inconsistently. If the tires are over inflated, they will pick up sharp objects that are on the surface of the road. Checking the tires is important, especially if you do not drive the vehicle often. If you feel a shimmy or other disturbance when you drive the vehicle, it may be the tire. This occurs when there is a flat spot on the tire of your vehicle.

 

Flat spots can be temporary, but in some severe cases, they are permanent. This can depend on the tire size, internal structure, load, temperature, and the time that it has been sitting in the same spot. Low aspect ratio tires have less sidewall flex because of their short sidewalls. The colder temperatures make the rubber compounds stiffer and tend to increase the chance of a flat spot.

 

If you do not drive your vehicle often, there is no way to completely avoid a temporary flat spot on a tire. But knowing what to expect under the conditions can help you to minimize the inconvenience. If the vehicle has sat for an extended length of time, you may notice the flat spots during the first few miles of driving, but they will eventually disappear.