Somersworth Auto Repair

When Should You Check Your Tire Pressure?

While most people remember to change their oil, they tend to neglect their tires. If you want smooth, safe, and efficient rides, then you should never skip out on checking your tire pressure. Tire pressure checks ensure your tires are never underinflated or overinflated.

 

Every automobile manufacturer has a specific tire pressure range for each model of vehicle they produce. The larger the vehicle, the more it can haul, meaning the PSI (pounds per square) recommended will be higher. When monitoring your tire pressure, please have these numbers on hand. Your front and rear tires should always be in the safe range where your tire pressure should always be for maximum control, safety, and efficiency.

 

Benefits of Regularly Checking Tire Pressure

  • Increases Fuel Economy - When your tires are underinflated, they cause your tires to drag along, burning more fuel in the process. Whereas properly inflated tires ensure optimal efficiency.
  • Minimizes Risks of Accident - When your tires are not properly maintained, including poor tire pressure, they tend to wear down quicker. As a result, you may notice poor handling. Plus, thin or uneven tires can increase your likelihood of a tire blowout and other tire-related accidents.
  • Ensures Even Tire Wear - When your tire pressure drops too low, the tire will cover too much ground. In other words, your tires will wear down faster. And as a result, you will need to get new tires sooner than necessary. 
  • Opportunity to Spot Other Problems - When you check your tire pressure, you’re at eye-level with your wheels. You can spot holes, leaks, and other types of problems while you’re at it. This includes the brakes and suspension too.

Even with today’s modern Tire Pressure Monitoring System built in cars, you should manually check your tire pressure at a minimum of once a month. Tire pressure gauges are available for purchase, and they are inexpensive. However, you can always pull up to a tire-filling pump, which are available at the majority of gas stations. In some cases, you will also need to examine your tire pressure when

  • …you make an impact with a major curb, pothole, or bump.
  • …you run over sharp objects or hear a strange pop.
  • …you hit large objects.
  • …your Tire Pressure Monitoring System warning light illuminates on your dash.
  • …whenever you replace your tires.

In conclusion, please take the time to read your tire pressure before the chill breeze of fall hits. Proper tire inflation is key to achieve safety and good tire performance. If you need assistance with checking your tire pressure or other maintenance items, please contact the professional team at Central Park Garage.

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