So you start your vehicle and see that your tire pressure light flashing on the dashboard (you know, the light with the exclamation point) and that’s when you wish you had a tire pressure guidebook, right? The majority of us recognize how easy it is to disregard this alert due to the difficulty with locating a filling station with a functioning air compressor to inflate your tires. However the reality is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to overlook the warning! There is a list of reasons for reduced tire pressure: weather condition changes, regular wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is vital to get it inspected immediately. But, if you aren’t sure exactly how to check your tire pressure, don’t stress. Shawnee Mission Kia 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).”
The first thing you’ll want to do in checking your tire’s air pressure is to make sure the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for about an hour. This will provide you with the most exact PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.
Second, find the manufacturer’s suggested PSI. This can be located 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 locate one at most gas stations, car washes, or tire shops. A single 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 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 Measure Tire Pressure
The best routine is to inspect your tire pressure every month. In the majority of today’s modern-day vehicles, you can scan the dashboard settings for a digital reading of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, sometimes, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best method is to use a PSI gauge.
Cooler climates can influence PSI as well. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature goes down, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature level increases.
Why Check Tire Pressure
maintaining your car, truck, or SUV’s tires is vital for automotive performance, safety, and fuel economy. It is what literally keeps your car rolling. A flat tire or a blowout when traveling is not only a hassle to take care of but it’s also potentially dangerous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your vehicle to some tender loving care and it will take care of you for many smooth riding journeys to come.
Schedule a Tire Inspection
Are you worried about your tire pressure, but not sure what to do? Don’t worry. Our trained Kia tire pros are your go-to team. Stop in to our service department today and let us have a look at your tires. Don’t wait. The best method for handling low tire pressure is to assess and fix any issues early, when there’s still air pressure in it.
Shawnee Mission Kia has always done a great job servicing my car. I have always had excellent customer service. I highly recommend this place. They always do a wonderful job and let me know of any future problems that need repaired.