So you notice that your tire pressure light flashing on the dashboard (you know, the one with the exclamation point) and that’s the point when you could use a tire pressure guidebook, right? Most of us recognize how easy it is to disregard this alert as a result of the difficulty 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 warning! There is a list of reasons for low tire pressure: weather condition changes, normal wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is vital to get it looked into right away. However, if you aren’t certain exactly how to go about checking your tire pressure, don’t worry. Bob Howard Acura wants 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 inspecting your tire’s air pressure is to make sure the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for about one hour. This will provide you with the most exact PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.
Second, locate 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 pump. You can usually find one at most tire shops, service stations, or car washes. 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 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 last time and you’re ready to roll!
The most effective routine is to inspect your tire pressure once a month. In the majority of today’s 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, sometimes, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best method is to use a pressure gauge.
Cooler weather condition can affect PSI too. 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.
maintaining your vehicle’s tires is vital for fuel economy, automotive safety, and performance. It is what literally keeps your car rolling. A flat tire or a blowout when driving is not only an inconvenience to deal with but it’s also potentially dangerous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your car to some preventative maintenance and it will take care of you and your passengers for many smooth riding journeys ahead.
Are you concerned about your tire pressure, but are not sure what to do next? Don’t fret. Our factory-certified Acura tire pros are standing by. Drop by our service center today and let us have a look at your tires. Don’t wait until they’re flat. The best thing for low tire pressure is always to assess and fix it early, when there’s still air pressure in your tire.
Tire Pressure Guide | Bob Howard Acura