Pressure, Pressure, Pressure!

25 08 2010

Dale BertramOur vehicle’s tires are vitally important but too often neglected.  Sometimes people don’t think about them at all until they get a flat.  Tires aren’t cheap and it is best to treat them well for a longer life.  Being under or over inflated can seriously damage your tires and may even cause you to have an accident. 

Here are a few pointers to help you care for your vehicle’s tires. 

  1. Know the correct tire pressure!  Your vehicle comes equipped with a placard that lets you know the proper tire size and the cold tire pressure for your vehicle.  These can be found in different places depending on your manufacturer.  A popular spot is the panel on the inside of the driver’s door.
  2. Tires must be cold to check for the correct pressure!  Notice on the placard that it says “cold” pressure.  A tire on a car that has just been driven will show a higher pressure than a tire that has been resting for several hours. 
  3. Don’t go by the pressure listed on the tire’s sidewall.  That pressure is the absolute maximum cold pressure that a tire will hold.  You aren’t going for the maximum cold pressure listed on the tire, but the recommended cold pressure listed on the placard of your vehicle.  Remember, tires are made to fit a wide variety of vehicles so they are manufactured to hold different amounts of air.  Your vehicle, on the other hand, is safe at the recommended cold tire pressure rate.

Improper inflation symptoms:

  1. Bumpy ride
  2. Poor handling/steering
  3. Uneven tread wear
  4. Possible tire failure such as a blowout

If you are an “average” driver it is recommended that your get your tires rotated every 6,000 miles but do check your tires’ pressure more frequently. 

Happy Motoring,

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