Tire Pressure Guidebook

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So you notice your tire pressure light has lit up on the dashboard and that’s when you wish you had a tire pressure guide, right? Most of us recognize how simple it is to overlook this alert because of the difficulty with locating a filling station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. But the reality is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the freeway because you chose to ignore the warning! There are a lot of reasons for reduced tire pressure: weather changes, typical wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is crucial to get it checked out as soon as possible. But, if you aren’t sure how to tackle checking your tire pressure, do not stress. Advantage BMW of Clear Lake is here to help with this helpful 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).”

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How To Read Tire Pressure

Your first step in checking your tire’s air pressure is to ensure the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for at least an hour. This will provide you with the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.

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

Third, inspect the tire pressure with a PSI gauge. These gauges can be found at any retail store’s automotive department, an auto parts store, or in some cases they are already installed on the air pumps themselves. Simply fill the tire or tires to the specified PSI level then check the PSI one last time and you’re ready to roll!


When To Adjust Tire Pressure

The best routine is to inspect your tire pressure monthly. In many modern-day cars, you can flip through the control panel settings for a digital reading of the PSI for all tires. The computer-generated estimate, occasionally, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective method is to use a pressure gauge.

Colder weather conditions can influence PSI as well. 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 Measure Tire Pressure

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


Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you preoccupied about your tire pressure, but are not sure what to do next? Don’t worry. Our factory-trained BMW technicians are your go-to team. Contact 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 always to assess and fix it early, when there’s still pressure in it.


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