Tire Pressure Guidebook
So you start your car, truck, or SUV and discover that your tire pressure warning light flashing on the dashboard and that’s when you could use a tire pressure guide for dummies, right? Most of us acknowledge how simple it is to disregard this alert due to the headache of locating a filling station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. However the truth is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to overlook the indicator! There is a list of reasons for low tire pressure: weather changes, regular wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is crucial to get it inspected right now. But, if you aren’t certain exactly how to go about checking your tire pressure, do not fret. Bob Howard Nissan 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).”Wikipedia
How To Measure Tire Pressure?
Your first step in inspecting your tire’s air pressure is to ensure the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for about an hour. This will provide you with the most exact PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) reading.
Second, locate the auto maker’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 typically locate one at most car washes, tire shops, or gas stations. A one-time 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 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 Measure Tire Pressure?
The most effective routine is to inspect your tire pressure on a monthly basis. In most modern vehicles, you can browse the control panel settings for a digital reading of the PSI on all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective approach is to use an air gauge.
Cooler weather conditions can impact 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 increases.
Why Check Tire Pressure?
Taking care of your vehicle’s tires is vital for fuel economy, automotive safety, and performance. It’s what keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout when traveling is not just a challenge to take care of but it’s also very dangerous if there is not an emergency lane conveniently available. Treat your car to some tender loving care and it will take care of you and your family for many smooth riding miles.
Schedule a Tire Inspection
Are you preoccupied about your tire pressure, but are not sure what to do? Don’t worry. Our trained Nissan technicians are here to assist. Stop in our service department today and allow us to have a look at your wheels. Don’t wait until it’s flat. The best thing for low tire pressure is to assess and fix issues early, when there’s still air pressure in the tire.
Tire Pressure Guidebook | Bob Howard Nissan