So you start your vehicle and notice your tire pressure warning light flashing on the indicator panel and that’s the point when you start googling for a tire pressure guide for dummies, right? The majority of us acknowledge how simple it is to overlook this alert due to the challenge with locating a service 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 freeway because you chose to ignore the warning! There are plenty of reasons for low tire pressure: weather condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is vital to get it looked into as soon as possible. But, if you aren’t certain exactly how to go about checking your tire pressure, don’t worry. Miller Toyota of Anaheim wants 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).”
The first thing you’ll want to do in inspecting your tire’s air pressure is to make certain 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, find 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 pump. You can normally find one at most car washes, gas stations, or tire shops. A single 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 sometimes they are available 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 most effective routine is to inspect your tire pressure on a monthly basis. In most modern cars, trucks, and SUVs, you can flip through the control panel settings for a computer measurement of the PSI on all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best approach is to use a PSI gauge.
Colder climates can affect 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.
Maintaining your car’s tires is vital 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 challenge to take care of but it’s also potentially hazardous 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.
Are you concerned about your tire pressure, but not quite sure what to do? Don’t fret. Our certified Toyota mechanics are here to assist. Stop by our service center today and allow us to have a look at your wheels. Don’t wait. The best way to handle low tire pressure is to assess and fix issues early, when there is still air in your tire.
Tire Pressure Guide | Miller Toyota of Anaheim