Tire Pressure 101

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So you start your car and notice that your tire pressure warning light flashing on the indicator panel and that’s when you could use a tire pressure handbook, right? A lot of us acknowledge how simple it is to ignore this alert due to the difficulty with locating a gas station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. However the fact is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to disregard the indicator! There are plenty of reasons for reduced tire pressure: climate condition changes, regular wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is important to get it looked into as soon as possible. But, if you aren’t certain just how to tackle checking your tire pressure, do not stress. BMW of Tulsa is here to help with this useful tire pressure guide.

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, glove box 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).”


How To Gauge Tire Pressure

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

Second, locate the manufacturer’s suggested PSI. This can be located in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Make a note of the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air pump. You can normally locate one at most service stations, tire shops, or car washes. 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 sometimes they are already installed on the air pumps themselves. Simply fill the tire or tires to the specified PSI level then inspect the PSI one final time and you’re ready to roll!

When To Read Tire Pressure

The best routine is to check your tire pressure routinely by the month. In most modern-day cars, you can scan the dashboard settings for a computer measurement of the PSI for all tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best technique is to use a PSI gauge.

Colder weather conditions can influence PSI too. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature level goes down, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature increases.

Why Check Tire Pressure

Maintaining your car, truck, or SUV’s tires is important for fuel economy, automotive performance, and safety. It is what literally keeps your car rolling. A flat tire or a blowout when traveling is not only a headache to deal with but it’s also potentially hazardous if there is not an emergency lane conveniently available. Treat your vehicle to some TLC and it will take care of you and your family for many smooth riding roads ahead.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you worried about your tire pressure, but not quite sure what to do next? Don’t fret. Our factory-trained BMW technicians are your go-to team. Schedule a tire inspection online with our service center today and allow us to have a look at your tires. Don’t wait until they’re flat. The best method for handling low tire pressure is always to assess and fix it early, when there is still pressure in your tire.

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