Tire Pressure and Maintenance

No matter what conditions you are driving in, your tire is the one thing keeping you on the road. It’s dangerous enough driving with low pressure or a worn down tread, so make sure your tires are up to point with the most recent safety checks that you can do at your home, or many tire retailers.

Risks Involved With Low Pressure

 

Always give your tires the same attention that you would give the rest of your vehicle. If you are like me, then you wash your car by hand, when you’re done washing or before you start washing you should always check your tire pressure. Your tire pressure should be listed in the cars manual or on the inside panel of your door. Never go over the amount listed. With too little tire pressure your fuel economy goes down and you have a substantially higher risk of a blowout, the last thing you would want is to be going for a ride out in the back roads and be stuck on the side of the road due to poor tire maintenance.

When and How to Check Your Pressure

When checking pressure, always use a trusted pressure tester so you are not off on your numbers, even a little bit off matters so keep your tools close and your numbers closer. Also, something often overlooked is your spare tire, tires lose around one PSI per month so if you forget about your spare tire all together it might be flat when you do finally need it. Another thing regarding spare tires is making sure the tread does not dry rot, condition your tires with a trusted brand of tire conditioner, this includes your spare.

Treads and Tricks

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A big thing other than pressure that is just as important, is your tread. With a worn down tread you lose the traction you may need to drive in harsh weather conditions, and could slip off the road if you are not careful. You can check your tread by grabbing a penny and holding it by Abe Lincoln’s body. If the tread does not cover his head then you are completely fine in the aspect of tread. Otherwise it could be time to swap out your old tires for new ones.

Warnings

 

Check your tire pressure once every 3 months. Do not check your tires after driving because the hot air inside may not give you an accurate reading of your pressure, do it before you drive or wait 3 hours after driving to check the pressure of your tire. If your tire is running flat due to a puncture or a tear, you can plug or patch a tire. However, the tutorial for this will be discussed in a later article. Most modern cars and some cars from the late 1990’s will tell you when your tire pressure is low, but they will not tell you which tire it is that is low on pressure, so be sure to check all of them when the light is on. Even if the light comes on once and then turns off, do not dismiss it for it could be something more serious than pressure issues.

We here at Asher Automotive care about the safety of our customers and fellow drivers on the road, so take these tips into consideration when you are driving out there on the open road.

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