Tire Pressure Basics
So you see that your tire pressure light has lit up on the dashboard and that’s when you wish you had a tire pressure handbook, right? Most of us recognize how easy it is to ignore this alert because of the difficulty with locating a filling station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. However 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 low tire pressure: weather changes, normal wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is essential to get it inspected right now. But, if you aren’t certain just how to tackle checking your tire pressure, do not fret. Sterling McCall Honda 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, 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).”Wikipedia
How To Measure Tire Pressure?
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 about an hour. This will give you the most accurate PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) reading.
Second, locate the manufacturer’s recommended PSI. This can be found 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 typically find one at most tire shops, service stations, or car washes. A single 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 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 last time and you’re ready to roll!
When To Adjust Tire Pressure?
The most effective routine is to check your tire pressure monthly. In many modern vehicles, you can scan the control panel settings for a computer measurement of the PSI on all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, sometimes, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best technique is to use an air gauge.
Cooler weather conditions can influence 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 Check Tire Pressure?
Taking care of your vehicle’s tires is crucial for fuel economy, automotive performance, and safety. It’s what keeps your car rolling. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not just a hassle to deal with 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 family for many smooth riding journeys ahead.
Schedule a Tire Inspection
Are you concerned about your tire pressure, but not sure what to do? Don’t worry. Our factory-certified Honda mechanics are standing by. Stop in our service center today and allow us to have a look at your tires. Don’t wait. The best way to handle low tire pressure is always to assess and fix it early, when there’s still air pressure in the tire.
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