Tire Pressure Guide

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So you start your car, truck, or SUV and notice that your tire pressure warning light flashing on the dashboard (you know, the light with the exclamation point) and that’s when you wish you had a tire pressure handbook, right? A lot of us recognize how easy it is to overlook this alert as a result of the difficulty with finding a filling station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. However the reality is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to ignore the warning! There are a lot of reasons for low tire pressure: weather condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is essential to get it inspected right away. But, if you aren’t sure exactly how to tackle checking your tire pressure, don’t stress. Round Rock Nissan wants 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 Gauge Tire Pressure?

Your first step in inspecting your tire’s air pressure is to make certain the tires are “cold” meaning they have not been driven on for about one hour. This will give you the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.

Second, locate the manufacturer’s recommended PSI. This can be found in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Write down the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air compressor. You can normally find one at most service stations, car washes, or tire shops. A single use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

Third, check the tire pressure with an air 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 check the PSI one final time and you’re ready to roll!


When To Adjust Tire Pressure?

The best routine is to check your tire pressure on a monthly basis. In the majority of today’s modern-day vehicles, you can browse the control panel settings for a digital measurement 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 an air gauge.

Chillier weather conditions can influence 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.


Why Check Tire Pressure?

Maintaining your car’s tires is essential for automotive safety, performance, and fuel economy. It’s what keeps your car moving. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not only a challenge to take care of but it’s also very hazardous if there is not an emergency lane conveniently available. Treat your car to some TLC and it will take care of you and your passengers for many smooth riding roads to come.


Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you worried about your tire pressure, but not sure what to do next? Don’t worry. Our factory-certified Nissan specialists are ready to help. Stop in our service center today and allow us to have a look at your tires. Don’t wait until they’re flat. The best way to handle low tire pressure is to assess and fix any issues early, when there’s still pressure in your tire.


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