Tire Pressure Maintenance For Dummies

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So you start your car, truck, or SUV and notice your tire pressure light has lit up on the indicator panel (you know, the alert with the exclamation point) and that’s the point when you wish you had a tire pressure guide for dummies, right? The majority of us recognize how simple it is to overlook this alert due to the challenge with locating a gas station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. But the fact is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to overlook the indicator! There are a lot of reasons for reduced tire pressure: weather condition changes, regular wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is crucial to get it inspected as soon as possible. But, if you aren’t sure just how to tackle checking your tire pressure, do not stress. Folsom Lake Toyota is here to help with this handy tire pressure guidebook.

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 Read Tire Pressure?

The first thing you’ll want to do in inspecting your tire’s air pressure is to make sure the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for at least one hour. This will give you the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.

Second, locate the manufacturer’s suggested PSI. This can be found in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Write down the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air pump. You can typically locate one at most tire shops, service stations, or car washes. A one-time use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

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

When To Read Tire Pressure?

The most effective routine is to inspect your tire pressure routinely by the month. In most modern-day cars, you can scan the dashboard settings for a computer reading of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, sometimes, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective method is to use an air gauge.

Chillier weather can influence PSI as well. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature level drops, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature increases.

Why Measure Tire Pressure?

Maintaining your car’s tires is vital for fuel economy, automotive safety, and performance. It’s what keeps your vehicle rolling. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not just a challenge to deal with but it’s also potentially hazardous if there is not an emergency lane conveniently available. Treat your car to some TLC and it will take care of you and your passengers for many smooth riding journeys to come.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you concerned about your tire pressure, but aren’t sure what to do? Don’t fret. Our trained Toyota tire pros are standing by. Stop in to our service center today and allow us to have a look at your wheels. Don’t wait until they’re flat. The best method for handling low tire pressure is to assess and fix any issues early, when there is still pressure in it.

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