Tire Pressure Guidebook
So you start your car and see that your tire pressure light flashing on the indicator panel and that’s when you start googling for a tire pressure handbook, right? A lot of us acknowledge how easy it is to disregard this alert as a result of the headache of finding a filling station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. But the truth is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you chose to disregard the warning! There are plenty of reasons for low tire pressure: climate condition changes, regular wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is crucial to get it inspected right away. However, if you aren’t sure exactly how to go about checking your tire pressure, don’t fret. Town North Nissan wants 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 Gauge Tire Pressure?
The first thing you’ll want to do in inspecting your tire’s air pressure is to make sure the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for at least an hour. This will give you the most precise 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 pump. You can typically locate one at most tire shops, car washes, or gas stations. A single 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 final 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 many modern-day cars, you can browse the dashboard settings for a computer reading of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective technique is to use a PSI gauge.
Colder weather can influence 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 Measure Tire Pressure?
maintaining your car, truck, or SUV’s tires is vital for automotive safety, performance, and fuel economy. It is what literally keeps your car moving. A flat tire or a blowout when traveling is not only a challenge to take care of but it’s also potentially hazardous if there is not an emergency lane conveniently available. Treat your car to some tender loving care and it will take care of you for many smooth riding roads to come.
Schedule a Tire Inspection
Are you concerned about your tire pressure, but aren’t quite sure what to do? Don’t fret. Our certified Nissan technicians are standing by. Stop in to 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 is still air pressure in the tire.
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