Tire Pressure Basics

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So you see your tire pressure light flashing on the dashboard and that’s the point when you start googling for a tire pressure handbook, right? The majority of us acknowledge how easy it is to overlook this alert because of the challenge with locating a service station with a functioning 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 overlook the indicator! There are plenty of reasons for low tire pressure: weather condition changes, regular wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is essential to get it looked into immediately. However, if you aren’t sure exactly how to go about checking your tire pressure, don’t fret. BMW of El Paso wants to help with this useful tire pressure handbook.


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

The first thing you’ll want to do in measuring your tire’s air pressure is to make sure the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for at least an hour. This will provide you with the most accurate PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.

Second, locate the auto maker’s suggested 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 pump. You can usually find one at most service stations, tire shops, or car washes. A single use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

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


When To Check Tire Pressure

The best routine is to inspect your tire pressure once a month. In the majority of today’s modern vehicles, you can browse the control panel settings for a digital measurement of the PSI for all tires. The computer-generated estimate, occasionally, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective approach is to use a pressure gauge.

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


Why Read Tire Pressure

Taking care of your car’s tires is important for fuel economy, automotive safety, and performance. It’s what keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout when traveling is not just 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 TLC and it will take care of you and your family for many smooth riding roads to come.


Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you preoccupied about your tire pressure, but not quite sure what to do next? Don’t worry. Our certified BMW technicians are ready to help. Contact our service department today and allow us to have a look at your wheels. Don’t wait until it’s flat. The best way to handle low tire pressure is to assess and fix issues early, when there is still air in the tire.


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