Now, you may ask how come I feel lucky about an annoying thing like that. Well, as I see it I could have ended up with a flat tire from driving over a screw but amazingly my tire holds it’s pressure! so you see – I was lucky.
As my situation was not catastrophic (yet) I could think about it and do some research which I’m more then happy to share here-
It is very simple to check if the tire is really not leaking from the foreigner that came to visit – by applying some soapy water (or saliva) to the area, or preferably just by checking the pressure with a gauge in a couple of consecutive days (make sure you do this before driving – to a cold tire, in order for the check to be good).
But actually it doesn’t really matter – if it is leaking it should be fixed and if not it should be fixed too – one day it will start leaking or worse still it will cause an on-road blowout. And so I understood that I need to take the screw out ASAP and repair the tire if needed.
There are fixing kits for tires sold but I hope that after reading all previous posts you know that having a DIY project on your tire is a really bad idea – It is not the part of the car you want to experiment with as an unprofessional fix can trigger a series of events ending in an accident as the tire loses all pressure at once.
And so I find myself headed to my favorite tire guy for a quick fix (..) – and it doesn’t even cost me much more then those kits even if the screw went all the way in.
The only important thing to do is to make sure your tire repair shop is good, reliable and trustworthy. And that your spare tire has adequate pressure but then again that is always true..