Tire and Vulcanizer

Tire and Vulcanizer

 

We hear from a lot of drivers who ask if they should be inflating their tires according to the highest PSI (pounds per square inch) listed on the sidewall. However, when it comes to the right tire pressure, the highest is not the best.

Tire maintenance is one of the most important things you can do for your car from a safety and cost stand point. The easiest way to care for your tires is both quick and inexpensive: maintain the correct tire pressure.

THE MAXIMUM

Somewhere on the sidewall of your tire, just below the big, bold letters of the producer, for example, you might have noticed the words ‘Max. Press. 35 PSI.’ That number tells you the maximum cold pressure needed for your tire to carry its maximum load. We mention ‘cold’ pressure because that means you’re filling up your tires at the ideal time when they’re cold. First thing in the morning or after sitting for a few hours in the shade is best. Over filling your tires is just as dangerous as under-filling them, so it’s important you know what is recommended for your vehicle. Mostly, your tire’s maximum tire pressure is somewhere between 30 and 32 PSI.

What occurs when you inflate your tires to the max PSI?

1. The handling characteristics change
Since tires inflated to the max can’t give as much on the sidewall, you might see superior cornering, but it could be at the risk of your braking threshold. One quick corner and your back end could slide out.

2. The life of your tire reduces. When your tires are inflated too much, the rubber rounds out at the top of the tire when you’re driving, and the center will quickly wear out. You’ll also reduce your traction and you could even cause a blowout.

So, what’s the right tire pressure for your vehicle?

THE OPTIMUM

You’ll find the producer’s optimum or recommended tire pressure for your car on a sticker in the door jam, or in your owner’s manual. Some versions even place the stickers on the trunk lid, in the console or on the fuel door.

Recommended pressure is usually between 30 and 35 PSI. That number specify the minimum amount of air pressure needed to support your vehicle & #8217;s maximum load-carrying capacity. Any less, and you’ll see poor fuel economy and handling as well as premature wear from too much flexing and tire overloading.

When your tires are inflated to the recommended PSI, you enjoy their optimum life and performance.

INFLATING YOUR TIRES

When is the best time to check your tire pressure? A few good rules are: every time you fill up for gas, every 10 degree change in temperature, or every 30 days.

Frequently checking your PSI becomes even more important in the fall and winter, when outside temperatures drop and weather conditions fluctuate causing your tires to lose air more quickly. Generally speaking, your tire will gain or lose one PSI for every 10-degree change in temperature, which means if you have a sudden drop of 30 degrees, you could lose three PSI overnight. If your tires were already low, this could cause tire damage, steering problems or even a flat tire.

Knowing and maintaining the right air pressure is important to the safety and longevity of your tires. All it takes is a few minutes of your time.

Enjoy a your ride. thank us later.

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