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So you start your car and discover your tire pressure warning light has lit up on the dashboard and that’s when you could use a tire pressure handbook, right? The majority of us recognize how easy it is to disregard this alert because of the frustration with finding a service station with a functioning air compressor to inflate your tires. However the truth is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you chose to disregard the indicator! There is a list of reasons for low tire pressure: climate condition changes, normal wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is important to get it inspected as soon as possible. But, if you aren’t certain just how to go about checking your tire pressure, do not stress. Finnegan Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is here to help with this useful 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).”
Your first step in checking 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 exact PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) reading.
Second, find 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 find one at most car washes, service stations, or tire shops. A one-time use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.
Third, inspect the tire pressure with a PSI gauge. These gauges can be found at any retail store’s automotive department, an auto parts store, or in some cases 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 final time and you’re ready to roll!
The best routine is to check your tire pressure every month. In many modern cars, you can scan the control panel settings for a digital reading of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective method is to use an air gauge.
Cooler weather can affect PSI too. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature level goes down, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature increases.
maintaining your car, truck, or SUV’s tires is vital for fuel economy, automotive performance, and safety. It is what literally keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout when traveling is not only an inconvenience to take care of but it’s also potentially dangerous if there is not an emergency lane conveniently available. Treat your vehicle to some TLC and it will take care of you and your family for many smooth riding roads ahead.
Are you worried about your tire pressure, but aren’t sure what to do next? Don’t worry. Our trained Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram tire pros are standing by. Stop by our service department today and allow us to have a look at your tires. Don’t wait. The best method for handling low tire pressure is always to assess and fix issues early, when there’s still air in it.