Last time I had a flat tire, I pulled my truck into one of those side-of-the-road gas stations. The attendant walks out, looks at my truck, looks at me, and I swear he said, Tire go flat? I couldn’t resist. Said, Nope. I was driving around and those other three just swelled right up on me.
— Bill Engvall
We recently took a road trip to Las Vegas in which we drove from Santa Cruz, about a 7-hour drive. On the day that we started the trip, we drove all of about six miles before a warning light came on: Left rear tire pressure alert! With an exclamation point! So it must be urgent! But there was no telltale floompah floompah sound of a flat tire.
I pulled over and inspected the tire. It seemed perfectly fine. It didn’t seem at all flat. Later in the trip, with the alert signal still illuminated, we even checked the tire pressure using the appropriate tools. It was fully up to specifications. So what was going on?
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