So you start your car, truck, or SUV and see your tire pressure warning light has lit up on the dashboard and that’s when you start googling for a tire pressure guidebook, right? The majority of us acknowledge how easy it is to disregard this alert because of the headache with finding a filling station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. However the fact is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to disregard the warning! There are plenty of reasons for low tire pressure: weather changes, normal wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is essential to get it looked into right now. But, if you aren’t certain exactly how to tackle checking your tire pressure, do not stress. Porsche of Milwaukee North is here to help with this handy 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).”
The first thing you’ll want to do in checking your tire’s air pressure is to ensure the tires are “cold” meaning they have not been driven on for at least an hour. This will give you the most accurate PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) reading.
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 usually find one at most service stations, car washes, or tire shops. A one-time use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.
Third, check the tire pressure with a pressure 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 last time and you’re ready to roll!
The best routine is to inspect your tire pressure monthly. In many modern cars, you can scan the dashboard settings for a computer measurement of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best method is to use a pressure gauge.
Chillier weather can impact PSI as well. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature level increases.
maintaining your car, truck, or SUV’s tires is essential for automotive safety, performance, and fuel economy. It is what literally keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout when driving is not only a hassle to deal with 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 for many smooth riding journeys ahead.
Are you worried about your tire pressure, but are not sure what to do next? Don’t worry. Our factory-certified Porsche mechanics are ready to help. Stop in to our car service center today and let us have a look at your tires. Don’t wait. The best thing for low tire pressure is to assess and fix it early, when there is still air in your tire.
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