So you start your car, truck, or SUV and see that your tire pressure warning light has lit up on the dashboard (you know, the one with the exclamation point) and that’s the point when you start googling for a tire pressure guide, right? A lot of us recognize how simple it is to disregard this alert due to the difficulty with locating a gas station with a working 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 reduced tire pressure: weather condition changes, regular wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is crucial to get it looked into right now. However, if you aren’t certain just how to go about checking your tire pressure, do not fret. Gillman Honda Fort Bend 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, 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).”
Your first step in measuring your tire’s air pressure is to make sure the tires are “cold” meaning they have not been driven on for at least an hour. This will give you the most exact PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.
Second, locate the manufacturer’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 pump. You can typically locate one at most gas 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 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 final time and you’re ready to roll!
The best routine is to inspect your tire pressure routinely by the month. In the majority of today’s modern-day cars, trucks, and SUVs, you can flip through the control panel settings for a digital measurement of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, occasionally, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best approach is to use an air gauge.
Cooler climates can impact PSI as well. 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 level increases.
Maintaining your car’s tires is crucial for automotive safety, performance, and fuel economy. It’s what keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not only a headache to take care of but it’s also very dangerous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your car to some tender loving care and it will take care of you for many smooth riding journeys ahead.
Are you preoccupied about your tire pressure, but aren’t sure what to do? Don’t fret. Our factory-certified Honda mechanics are your go-to team. Stop in to our service center today and allow us to have a look at your wheels. Don’t wait. The best way to handle low tire pressure is to assess and fix it early, when there’s still pressure in the tire.
Tire Pressure Guide | Gillman Honda Fort Bend