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Tire Pressure Guide

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So you start your car, truck, or SUV and see your tire pressure warning light flashing on the dashboard and that’s when you could use a tire pressure guidebook, right? The majority of us acknowledge how simple it is to ignore this alert because of the challenge with locating 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 warning! There are plenty of reasons for low tire pressure: climate condition changes, normal wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is important to get it checked out as soon as possible. However, if you aren’t certain exactly how to tackle checking your tire pressure, don’t worry. Bob Howard Toyota is here to help with this helpful 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).”

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How To Check Tire Pressure?

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 about one hour. This will give you the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.

Second, find 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 gas stations, tire shops, 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 final time and you’re ready to roll!


When To Measure Tire Pressure?

The most effective routine is to check your tire pressure routinely by the month. In most modern-day cars, you can scan the control panel settings for a computer measurement of the PSI on all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, occasionally, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective technique is to use a PSI gauge.

Chillier weather can affect 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 Gauge Tire Pressure?

Maintaining your vehicle’s tires is important for fuel economy, automotive performance, and safety. It’s what keeps your car moving. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not just an inconvenience to take care of but it’s also very dangerous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your car to some TLC and it will take care of you and your passengers for many smooth riding roads to come.


Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you worried about your tire pressure, but aren’t sure what to do? Don’t fret. Our certified Toyota tire pros are here to assist. Drop 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 always to assess and fix issues early, when there is still air pressure in the tire.


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