Everything You Need to Know About Tire Air Pressure

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Keeping your vehicle’s tire air pressure where it needs to be may seem like a daunting task at first, but it saves you the headache of leaky and blown tires while driving. Performing the simple maintenance task saves you money by preserving the longevity of your front and back tires. It’s something you can do at home even if you’re a novice and not a car expert or mechanic.

What Elements Affect Tire Air Pressure

Extreme heat takes its toll on your tires. That’s why it’s important to park your vehicle in a garage or roofed carport whenever possible. Heat causes tire pressure to vary. For every 10 degrees of heat, the pressure differs by about 1 psi.

When to Check Tire Pressure

It’s best to check tire air pressure when tires are cold. Temperatures cause them to swell making tire gauge readings inaccurate. You should check tire pressure whenever the tires are visibly low and before taking trips out of town.

How to Properly Fill Tires

To properly fill your tires after determining that tire air pressure is low, you’ll want to pull your car into the shade. Make sure it is on a level surface before removing dust caps from the valve stems of the tire. Refer to the manufacturer’s recommended rating for airing up the tires after getting a psi reading from the tire gauge.

Add air and check the tires again for a new psi reading. Then replace all the valve dust caps which prevent air from leaking out. Kick the tires gently to make sure they’re firm and ready to be driven on.

Knowing your vehicle’s recommended tire air pressure is one way to prevent a blow-out or accident from occurring. That’s why it’s important to keep a tire gauge on hand and use it every time you check your tires. If you’re not certain how much tire air pressure you’ll need in each tire, refer to the manufacturer for recommendations.

If you’re worried about the condition of your vehicle’s tires, call Performance Auto Repair in Montgomery at (334) 245-6600 to talk to one of our automotive repair specialists.

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