It’s easy to forget to check the tire pressure, but it’s one of the most important factors of maintenance for your vehicle that you can do. If you have the wrong tire pressure, the handling and grip of your car can change which can lead to unpredictable vehicle behavior. Not to mention blowouts if you’re driving at high speeds. Let one of our Houston certified tire technicians ensure that you are safe on the road.
You’ll not only maintain the highest level of safety for you and your passengers, but your wallet will also thank you since the proper tire pressure will allow your vehicle to perform efficiently and therefore, use less fuel. Basically, the more power you need to maneuver due to incorrect tire pressure, the more gas you’ll need for it.
This regular maintenance will also reduce the frequency of your tire changes, since improper tire pressure will cause faster, and possibly uneven, wear on the tires. Our tire shop can typically provide you fast, reliable, and quality wheel and tire services (link to tire services page) at any location within the Houston metropolitan area.
So what we’re saying is: just check your tire pressure at least once a month, and you’ll get a ton of benefits. Not only that – it’s easy to do, just follow these steps.
1. Try to start with “cold tires”. Tires are considered “cold” when they’ve been stationary for 3 hours or more. If you check after using the tires, the air will have expanded from the heat created through driving and will cause your readings to be higher.
2. Find the recommended pressure for your vehicle. It’s usually in the decal in your glove box, driver side doorjamb, or owner’s manual. It will be listed in PSI (pounds per square inch). Make sure you note both back and front tire pressures – in some vehicles the manufacturers recommend different pressures.
3. Remove the valve cap from one of the tires and use an accurate pressure gauge (try to avoid the built-in gauges at the gas station since they’re often off) to push into the valve stem and record the reading that’s given.
4. Compare that number to the number you wrote down earlier that is recommended by the manufacturer. Do NOT compare it to the PSI on the tire sidewall.
5. If the PSI reading is above the manufacturer’s recommendation, let out some air, little by little, until it matches. If it’s below the recommendation, add air.
6. Repeat for the other tires.
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