Tire Pressure Maintenance For Dummies

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So you start your car, truck, or SUV and notice that your tire pressure warning light flashing on the indicator panel and that’s the point when you start googling for a tire pressure guidebook, right? The majority of us recognize how simple it is to ignore this alert due to the difficulty with finding a service station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. But the fact is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to overlook the indicator! There are plenty of reasons for low tire pressure: climate condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is important to get it inspected as soon as possible. However, if you aren’t sure just how to go about checking your tire pressure, don’t fret. Sterling McCall Toyota is here to help with this useful tire pressure handbook.

What is Tire Pressure?

“Cold inflation pressure is the inflation pressure of tires before the car is driven and the tires warmed up. Recommended cold inflation pressure is displayed on the owner’s manual and on the placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge, pillar, glove box door or fuel filler flap. Drivers are encouraged to make sure their tires are adequately inflated, as suboptimal tire pressure can greatly reduce fuel economy, increase emissions, increased wear on the edges of the tire surface, and can lead to premature failure of the tire. Excessive pressure, on the other hand, may lead to impact-breaks, decrease braking performance, and cause uneven wear (i.e., greater wear on the center part of the tire surface).”


How To Check Tire Pressure?

Your first step in measuring your tire’s air pressure is to make certain the tires are “cold” meaning they have not been driven on for about one hour. This will provide you with the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) reading.

Second, find the manufacturer’s suggested PSI. This can be located in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Jot down the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air compressor. You can usually find one at most gas stations, car washes, or tire shops. A single use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

Third, inspect the tire pressure with an air gauge. These gauges can be found at any retail store’s automotive department, an auto parts store, or in some cases they are available on the air pumps themselves. Simply fill the tire or tires to the specified PSI level then inspect the PSI one last time and you’re ready to roll!

When To Read Tire Pressure?

The most effective routine is to check your tire pressure monthly. In many modern-day cars, you can scan the dashboard settings for a digital measurement of the PSI on all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, sometimes, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective technique is to use a PSI gauge.

Colder climates can affect PSI as well. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature goes down, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature level increases.

Why Gauge Tire Pressure?

Maintaining your car’s tires is important for fuel economy, automotive performance, and safety. It is what literally keeps your vehicle rolling. A flat tire or a blowout when traveling is not only a hassle to take care of but it’s also very hazardous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your vehicle to some preventative maintenance and it will take care of you and your passengers for many smooth riding journeys to come.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you worried about your tire pressure, but are not sure what to do next? Don’t fret. Our factory-trained Toyota mechanics are ready to help. Stop in our service center today and allow us to have a look at your tires. Don’t wait. The best thing for low tire pressure is always to assess and fix it early, when there is still air pressure in your tire.

Tire Pressure Guide | Sterling McCall Toyota

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