What is Tire Pressure
Keeping track of the tire pressure in your car’s tires is an important aspect of automotive upkeep. Tire pressure has a lot to do with how your tires perform, how safe they are, and how long they last. As a way to make sure our fellow Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Harrisburg area drivers are well-informed when it comes to tire pressure, our Faulkner Volkswagen team has come up with the following guide.
Below, we will be covering what can happen when you don’t have the correct tire pressure, some hints that tire pressure should be checked, and the steps you need to take when checking it yourself.
Why Tire Pressure is So Important
When tires are over inflated, they’ll be firm and inflexible. This condition will make your tires more susceptible to damage in the event that you encounter potholes and sharp objects in the road. Additionally, over inflated tires make for a harder and less comfortable ride.
If there is not enough air in your tires, they will be less flexible and won’t be able to hold their shape. Furthermore, the increased resistance will result in subpar fuel economy.
Warning Signs that Tire Pressure Might be an Issue
It’s a good idea to get into the habit of regularly checking the condition of your tires. During these checks, if you notice disproportionate amounts of wear in the middle of the tread, it could be that the tire is over inflated. If there is excessive wear on the outer edges of the tread, there’s likely not enough air pressure in the tire. Remember, when a tire is properly inflated, the wear should be evenly distributed throughout the surface.
How to Check Tire Pressure
Checking your tire pressure is a pretty straightforward procedure. Here’s your step-by-step guide:
- Step 1: All you need when setting out to check the air pressure in your tires is a tire pressure gauge, a pen and paper, and an air compressor that you can find at a nearby gas station.
- Step 2: Before getting started, consult your owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressure and write each one down. Keep in mind that the level requirements for the front and rear tires might be different.
- Step 3: Check the pressure of each tire. To do this, remove the valve cap, press the gauge into the stem, and write down the numbers from the reading.
- Step 4: If you need to add air to any of your tires, turn on the compressor, put the hose nozzle over the tire’s valve stem, and press the lever. When you’re sure you’ve filled it enough, check the tire’s air pressure levels once more to be sure.
Keep an Eye on Your Tire Pressure
Do you have any questions about how to check tire pressure? Have you noticed some of the warning signs that your tire pressure should be checked? If you’re in Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, or Harrisburg and you would like one of our certified technicians to have a look, contact the service department here at Faulkner Volkswagen to schedule an appointment.