The Real Weight of Tire Pressure: Knowing the Basics

2020 has been a strange year for us all. Travel plans and events all over the country are changing and getting postponed. Spring in Minnesota has come regardless of what the rest of us are doing, and with it, the wear and tear of winter becomes more apparent on the roads and on our cars.

Especially when battling the potholes of spring, it’s important to consider the health of your tires. Did you switch out winter treads for spring tires? Are you overdue for an alignment? The tire pressure on your vehicle can make a big difference – even negatively affecting your car’s overall performance.

Potential Damage from Over or Under-inflated Tires Includes:

  • Reduced gas mileage
  • Increased emissions
  • Increased or uneven wear on tires
  • Better chance of blowouts
  • Decreased braking performance

How Do I Find the Correct Tire Pressure?

Inflating your tires to the correct pressure will prevent issues and prolong the life off your tires. New cars will have a placard on the driver-side door jamb behind the seat. It will list the type of tire (including spare tires) and the correct pressure your tires should be inflated. You can also find this chart in your owner’s manual.

What is Cold Inflation Tire Pressure?

The placard on your door and in your owner’s manual list the required cold tire pressure. This means the pressure your tires are when your car is stationary for three hours or more. “Hot” tire pressure factors in the heat generated from driving your car. Should you need to fill your tires while they are “hot’, fill them to around 4 psi above the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Hot or cold, keep in mind that you should check your tire pressure on a monthly basis to ensure that your tires are properly inflated. Sooner or later, you will need new tires. So if you hit that spring pothole and blow a tire, get ahold of the experts at Advanced Repair. We’ll get you back on the road quickly.