When your TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitor System) warning light stays on regularly, it could be frustrating even after inflating tires to the right PSI. This persistent warning often indicates a slow leak, which can be particularly difficult to detect due to its gradual nature. At H.W. Automotive Inc, we’ve seen our fair share of such issues, which is why in this month’s blog, we’ll walk you through what are the factors that are causing slow tire leaks.

Old Tires

When it comes to age, it is recommended to replace your tires when they hit the recommended year mark or after 10 years. If your vehicle’s tire age is getting up there, you have a higher risk of your tire developing a slow leak. Over time, tires can develop cracks in the sidewall or tread due to age, poor driving habits, or infrequent wheel alignments.

Related: Learn more about signs you need a wheel alignment here.

Valve Stem Issues

The valve stem is a small but vital component of your tire. It’s the part you unscrew when you need to inflate the tire. Gradually, valve stems can deteriorate due to exposure to chemicals and environmental factors, leading to leaks. Also, if not properly tightened or if damaged, they can be a source of a slow leak. That’s why regular maintenance is a major factor in extending the lifespan of your car and its components.

Related: Learn more about essential tips for extending the lifespan of your car here.

Tire Bead Leaks

The bead is where the tire meets the rim. If this area isn’t sealed correctly, air can slowly escape. Bead leaks often result from corrosion of the wheel, which can be caused by accumulated moisture or the use of harsh cleaning chemicals. Ensuring that your wheels are clean and free from corrosion can help prevent bead leaks.


Tires are designed to handle all road conditions, but rough terrain and sharp objects can make an impression over time. While large punctures are usually noticeable, small punctures can cause a slow leak. These tiny punctures can be hard to find, and sometimes the object that caused the puncture can even remain lodged in the tire, masking the hole.

Let H.W. Automotive Inc Fix Your Tires

Slow tire leaks require expertise to address, so we recommend scheduling an appointment at H.W. Automotive Inc and letting our certified technicians help you. We provide top-notch tire service and sales. Call us at (405) 702-4098 to schedule an appointment today. Let us help you enjoy a safer driving experience.