Tire Pressure Guidebook

Lexus tire pressure guide tire service Santa Fe

So you discover that your tire pressure light flashing on the dashboard and that’s the point when you start googling for a tire pressure handbook, right? Most of us recognize how easy it is to ignore this alert due to the frustration with locating a service station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. However the reality is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the freeway because you decided to disregard the warning! There are plenty of reasons for reduced tire pressure: weather changes, normal wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is vital to get it looked into as soon as possible. But, if you aren’t sure exactly how to tackle checking your tire pressure, don’t fret. Lexus of Santa Fe is here to help with this helpful tire pressure guidebook.


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).”

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How To Find Tire Pressure

Your first step in measuring your tire’s air pressure is to ensure the tires are “cold” meaning they have not been driven on for about an hour. This will provide you with the most exact PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) reading.

Second, find the auto maker’s recommended PSI. This can be found in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Jot down the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air pump. You can typically locate one at most car washes, gas stations, or tire shops. A one-time use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

Third, check the tire pressure with a pressure 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 check the PSI one final time and you’re ready to roll!


When To Check Tire Pressure

The most effective routine is to inspect your tire pressure on a monthly basis. In the majority of today’s modern-day vehicles, you can scan the dashboard settings for a computer measurement of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, occasionally, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective approach is to use a pressure gauge.

Cooler climates can impact PSI too. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature level drops, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature increases.


Why Check Tire Pressure

Taking care of your car’s tires is vital for automotive performance, safety, and fuel economy. It’s what keeps your vehicle rolling. A flat tire or a blowout when driving is not only a hassle to take care of but it’s also very dangerous if there is not an emergency lane conveniently available. Treat your car to some preventative maintenance and it will take care of you for many smooth riding journeys ahead.


Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you preoccupied about your tire pressure, but aren’t sure what to do? Don’t worry. Our certified Lexus tire pros are standing by. Drop in our service center today and allow us to have a look at your tires. Don’t wait. The best thing for low tire pressure is to assess and fix it early, when there is still pressure in your tire.


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