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Tire Pressure Basics

Acura tire pressure guide tire service Houston

So you start your car, truck, or SUV and discover that your tire pressure light flashing on the dashboard (you know, the light with the exclamation point) and that’s when you start googling for a tire pressure handbook, right? The majority of us acknowledge how easy it is to disregard this alert because of the frustration with finding a filling station with a functioning air compressor to inflate your tires. However the fact is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to disregard the indicator! There are a lot of reasons for reduced tire pressure: weather condition changes, normal wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is crucial to get it inspected as soon as possible. But, if you aren’t sure how to go about checking your tire pressure, do not fret. Gillman Acura is here to help with this useful 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, 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).”

Wikipedia


How To Check Tire Pressure

The first thing you’ll want to do in checking your tire’s air pressure is to make certain the tires are “cold” meaning they have not been driven on for at least an hour. This will give you the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) reading.

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. Write down the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air compressor. You can typically locate one at most tire shops, car washes, or service stations. A one-time use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

Third, inspect 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 check the PSI one last time and you’re ready to roll!


When To Measure Tire Pressure

The best routine is to inspect your tire pressure every month. In most modern cars, you can browse the control panel settings for a computer reading of the PSI on all tires. The computer-generated estimate, sometimes, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective technique is to use a PSI gauge.

Cooler climates can impact PSI too. 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 Find Tire Pressure

maintaining your vehicle’s tires is crucial for automotive performance, safety, and fuel economy. It’s what keeps your car rolling. A flat tire or a blowout when traveling is not just an inconvenience to deal with 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 for many smooth riding roads to come.


Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you worried about your tire pressure, but not quite sure what to do? Don’t worry. Our trained Acura specialists are standing by. Drop by our service department today and allow us to 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 issues early, when there is still air in your tire.


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