Tire Pressure Guidebook
So you start your vehicle and see your tire pressure light has lit up on the indicator panel (you know, the light with the exclamation point) and that’s when you could use a tire pressure handbook, right? A lot of us acknowledge how simple it is to disregard this alert because of the headache of locating a gas 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 chose to disregard the indicator! There are plenty of reasons for reduced tire pressure: climate condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is crucial to get it looked into immediately. But, if you aren’t sure how to go about checking your tire pressure, do not stress. Sterling McCall Nissan is here to help with this handy 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).”Wikipedia
How To Measure Tire Pressure?
Your first step in checking your tire’s air pressure is to ensure the tires are “cold” meaning they have not been driven on for about one hour. This will provide you with the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.
Second, find the auto maker’s suggested PSI. This can be located 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 typically find one at most car washes, tire shops, or service stations. A single use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.
Third, inspect the tire pressure with a pressure gauge. These gauges can be found at any retail store’s automotive department, an auto parts store, or sometimes 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 last time and you’re ready to roll!
When To Read Tire Pressure?
The best routine is to check your tire pressure once a month. In many modern cars, trucks, and SUVs, you can scan the dashboard settings for a computer measurement of the PSI for all tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best approach is to use a PSI gauge.
Cooler weather can impact PSI too. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature increases.
Why Read Tire Pressure?
Maintaining your car, truck, or SUV’s tires is important for fuel economy, automotive performance, and safety. It’s what 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 hazardous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your vehicle to some tender loving care and it will take care of you and your passengers for many smooth riding journeys to come.
Schedule a Tire Inspection
Are you worried about your tire pressure, but aren’t sure what to do? Don’t worry. Our certified Nissan mechanics are standing by. Stop by our service center today and let us have a look at your tires. Don’t wait until it’s flat. The best thing for low tire pressure is to assess and fix it early, when there’s still air in it.
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