Tire Pressure Guide

Acura tire pressure guide tire service Houston

So you start your car and discover that your tire pressure warning light flashing on the indicator panel and that’s the point when you wish you had a tire pressure handbook, right? The majority of us acknowledge how easy it is to overlook this alert as a result of the difficulty with finding a filling station with a functioning air compressor to inflate your tires. But the truth is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the freeway because you chose to ignore the indicator! 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 vital to get it checked out as soon as possible. But, if you aren’t sure exactly how to go about checking your tire pressure, do not worry. Sterling McCall Acura is here to help with this useful tire pressure handbook.

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).”


How To Gauge Tire Pressure

The first thing you’ll want to do in inspecting your tire’s air pressure is to make certain the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for at least an hour. This will give you the most exact 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. Jot down the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air pump. You can typically locate one at most service stations, tire shops, or car washes. 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 inspect the PSI one last time and you’re ready to roll!

When To Check Tire Pressure

The most effective routine is to check your tire pressure every month. In most modern vehicles, you can browse the control panel settings for a digital measurement of the PSI on all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, occasionally, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective approach is to use a pressure gauge.

Chillier climates 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 level increases.

Why Find Tire Pressure

Taking care of your car’s tires is important for fuel economy, automotive performance, and safety. It’s what keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout when driving is not only an inconvenience to take care of but it’s also potentially hazardous 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 family for many smooth riding roads ahead.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you concerned about your tire pressure, but aren’t sure what to do next? Don’t worry. Our factory-certified Acura technicians are standing by. 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 way to handle low tire pressure is to assess and fix it early, when there is still pressure in your tire.

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