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So you notice that your tire pressure warning light flashing on the dashboard and that’s the point when you could use a tire pressure handbook, right? The majority of us recognize how easy it is to overlook this alert because of the challenge with finding a filling station with a functioning air compressor to inflate your tires. However the reality is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to ignore the indicator! 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 important to get it looked into today. But, if you aren’t sure how to tackle checking your tire pressure, do not fret. Lexus of Albuquerque 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 have not been driven on for at least one hour. This will give you the most accurate PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.
Second, locate the auto maker’s recommended PSI. This can be found in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Jot down the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air compressor. You can usually find one at most car washes, gas stations, or tire shops. A one-time use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.
Third, check 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 check the PSI one last time and you’re ready to roll!
The best routine is to check your tire pressure on a monthly basis. In the majority of today’s modern cars, you can flip through the control panel settings for a digital measurement of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, occasionally, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best method is to use an air gauge.
Colder climates 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.
Taking care of your vehicle’s tires is vital for fuel economy, automotive safety, and performance. It is what literally keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not only an inconvenience to take care of but it’s also very dangerous 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 roads ahead.
Are you worried about your tire pressure, but not quite sure what to do next? Don’t fret. Our trained Lexus specialists are your go-to team. Stop by our service center today and allow us to have a look at your tires. Don’t wait until it’s flat. The best method for handling low tire pressure is always to assess and fix any issues early, when there is still air in the tire.
Tire Pressure Guide | Lexus of Albuquerque