Tire Pressure Maintenance For Dummies

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So you discover your tire pressure light has lit up on the dashboard (you know, the light with the exclamation point) and that’s the point when you wish you had a tire pressure guide for dummies, right? Most of us acknowledge how simple it is to overlook this alert as a result of the headache with finding a filling 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 freeway because you chose to disregard the warning! There are plenty of reasons for reduced tire pressure: weather condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is vital to get it inspected as soon as possible. However, if you aren’t certain exactly how to go about checking your tire pressure, do not fret. Sterling McCall Lexus is here to help with this handy tire pressure guide.

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, glovebox 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 ensure 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, locate the manufacturer’s recommended PSI. This can be located in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Make a note of the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air compressor. You can normally locate one at most gas stations, tire shops, or car washes. A single use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

Third, check the tire pressure with a PSI 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 inspect the PSI one last time and you’re ready to roll!

When To Measure Tire Pressure

The most effective routine is to check your tire pressure routinely by the month. In the majority of today’s modern-day vehicles, you can scan the dashboard settings for a computer measurement of the PSI for all tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best method is to use a PSI gauge.

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

Why Find Tire Pressure

Taking care of your vehicle’s tires is important for automotive safety, performance, and fuel economy. It’s what keeps your car rolling. A flat tire or a blowout when traveling is not only a headache to take care of but it’s also very dangerous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your vehicle to some tender loving care and it will take care of you and your family for many smooth riding roads ahead.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you preoccupied about your tire pressure, but aren’t quite sure what to do? Don’t fret. Our trained Lexus specialists are your go-to team. Drop in our service department today and allow us to have a look at your wheels. Don’t wait. The best method for handling low tire pressure is always to assess and fix it early, when there is still air in it.

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