Tire Pressure Maintenance For Dummies

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So you start your vehicle and notice that your tire pressure warning light has lit up on the dashboard and that’s when you start googling for a tire pressure guidebook, right? Most of us acknowledge how simple it is to disregard this alert because of the frustration with finding a service station with a functioning air compressor to inflate your tires. But the truth is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to ignore the indicator! There is a list of reasons for low tire pressure: weather condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is important to get it looked into right away. But, if you aren’t certain exactly how to go about checking your tire pressure, don’t worry. Sterling McCall Lexus Clear Lake is here to help with this useful 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, 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).”

Wikipedia


How To Check Tire Pressure

Your first step in inspecting your tire’s air pressure is to make sure the tires are “cold” meaning they have not been driven on for about one hour. This will give you 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. Write down the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air compressor. You can normally find one at most tire shops, car washes, or gas stations. A one-time 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 sometimes they are available 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 Measure Tire Pressure

The best routine is to check your tire pressure monthly. In many modern-day cars, trucks, and SUVs, 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 technique is to use a pressure gauge.

Cooler weather can influence PSI as well. 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 Read Tire Pressure

maintaining your vehicle’s tires is crucial for automotive performance, safety, and fuel economy. It’s what keeps your car rolling. A flat tire or a blowout on the road 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 car to some tender loving care 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 not sure what to do next? Don’t worry. Our factory-certified Lexus technicians are standing by. Stop by our service center today and let us have a look at your tires. Don’t wait. The best thing for low tire pressure is to assess and fix any issues early, when there’s still air pressure in your tire.


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