Tire Pressure Guide

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So you notice your tire pressure light has lit up on the indicator panel and that’s when you wish you had a tire pressure handbook, right? Most of us acknowledge how simple it is to ignore this alert due to the headache of finding a service station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. But the fact is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you decided to ignore the indicator! There are plenty of reasons for reduced tire pressure: weather condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is essential to get it checked out immediately. But, if you aren’t sure just how to tackle checking your tire pressure, don’t worry. Baron BMW is here to help with this helpful 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).”


How To Gauge Tire Pressure

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

Second, find the manufacturer’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 locate one at most car washes, tire shops, or service stations. 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 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 Adjust Tire Pressure

The best routine is to check your tire pressure monthly. In many modern-day cars, you can scan the control panel settings for a computer reading of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, sometimes, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best technique is to use a pressure gauge.

Colder weather conditions can impact PSI too. 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 Gauge Tire Pressure

Taking care of your car’s tires is important for automotive safety, performance, and fuel economy. It’s what keeps your car moving. A flat tire or a blowout when driving is not only a challenge to deal with but it’s also potentially dangerous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your car to some tender loving care 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 aren’t quite sure what to do next? Don’t worry. Our certified BMW specialists are standing by. Stop by to our service department today and let us have a look at your tires. Don’t wait. The best way to handle low tire pressure is always to assess and fix issues early, when there is still air pressure in the tire.

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