One thing that many people don’t realize about tires is that they need to be taken care of as much as the engine or the brakes on a car. If the tires aren’t treated with care, they can be prone to flats and have a shorter than necessary lifespan. Taking care of your tires begins with checking the tire pressure on a regular basis. The tire pressure – or the wrong tire pressure – can make or break the longevity of those tires.
Check Tire Pressure Regularly
To keep your tires running smoothly, it is best to check your tire pressure every few weeks. Checking the pressure is simply a matter of removing the cap on the wheel and attaching the gauge in to see what the pressure is at. The read out of your pressure should fall within the range given by your tire manufacturer. If you aren’t sure, look on the tire. Within the make of tire will be an area where it states the recommended psi of the tire. Some tires are supposed to be at 25 psi while others are 40 psi. Every vehicle and tire is different, so make sure you know what your tire pressure is supposed to be.
Adjusting Tire Pressure
Did you know that seasonal changes can affect the tire pressure in your car? Just like the air on the outside of your tires, the air on the inside of you tires is affected too. Hot days will make air molecules expand, therefore making your tires have more pressure in them when you drive on hot days. The reverse is true of winter time and very cold days – the air molecules shrink and your tires may seem a little flat. Unless your tires look especially flat or full, leave them alone. They will adjust to the air naturally when the temperature shifts. If you do need to add air to your tires, make sure to fill it to where it is supposed to be and not go over. If the tire goes flat within a day or two, you have a leak somewhere and need it to be fixed.