Tire Pressure Maintenance For Dummies

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So you start your vehicle and discover your tire pressure warning light flashing on the indicator panel and that's the point when you start googling for a tire pressure guide, right? The majority of us recognize how easy it is to overlook this alert due to the frustration with finding a service 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 chose to ignore the warning! There are plenty of reasons for low tire pressure: climate condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is crucial to get it checked out right now. However, if you aren't certain how to tackle checking your tire pressure, do not worry. Gillman Subaru North is here to help with this helpful 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)."


How To Measure 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 an hour. This will provide you with the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.

Second, find the auto maker's suggested 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 gas stations, car washes, or tire shops. A single use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

Third, inspect the tire pressure with a pressure 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!

When To Check Tire Pressure

The best routine is to inspect your tire pressure every month. In many modern cars, you can scan the dashboard settings for a digital reading of the PSI on all tires. The computer-generated estimate, occasionally, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best technique is to use a pressure gauge.

Cooler weather conditions can impact PSI as well. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature level drops, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature increases.

Why Read Tire Pressure

Taking care of your car, truck, or SUV's tires is important for automotive safety, performance, and fuel economy. It is what literally keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not only a hassle to take care of but it's also potentially dangerous if there is not an emergency lane conveniently available. Treat your car to some preventative maintenance and it will take care of you and your family for many smooth riding roads to come.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you worried about your tire pressure, but not sure what to do? Don't worry. Our trained Subaru tire pros are your go-to team. Drop in our service department today and let us have a look at your tires. Don't wait until they're flat. The best way to handle low tire pressure is to assess and fix it early, when there is still air in the tire.

Tire Pressure Guide | Gillman Subaru North