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Tire Pressure Basics

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So you start your vehicle and see that your tire pressure warning light has lit up on the dashboard and that’s when you could use a tire pressure guide for dummies, right? The majority of us acknowledge how simple it is to overlook this alert because of the frustration with locating a gas station with a functioning air compressor to inflate your tires. However the truth is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the freeway because you chose to ignore the indicator! There is a list 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 crucial to get it checked out today. However, if you aren’t certain just how to tackle checking your tire pressure, don’t fret. MINI of El Paso wants to help with this useful 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, 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 Find Tire Pressure

The first thing you’ll want to do in measuring your tire’s air pressure is to ensure the tires are “cold” meaning they have not been driven on for at least one hour. This will give you the most accurate PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) reading.

Second, find the auto maker’s suggested PSI. This can be located 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 find one at most car washes, tire shops, or service stations. 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 already installed on the air pumps themselves. Simply fill the tire or tires to the specified PSI level then check 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 once a month. In many modern cars, trucks, and SUVs, you can scan the control panel settings for a digital reading of the PSI for all tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best approach is to use an air gauge.

Cooler weather condition can affect 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 increases.

Why Read Tire Pressure

Taking care of your car, truck, or SUV’s tires is important for fuel economy, automotive safety, and performance. It is what literally keeps your car moving. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not just a hassle to take care of but it’s also very dangerous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your vehicle to some TLC and it will take care of you and your family for many smooth riding miles.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you worried about your tire pressure, but aren’t sure what to do next? Don’t fret. Our factory-trained MINI technicians are standing by. Drop by our service department today and let us have a look at your tires. Don’t wait. The best way to handle low tire pressure is to assess and fix it early, when there’s still air in it.

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