06 Nov 2019
It’s that time of the year again, when the temperature drops and we get the coats and scarves out. The trees are changing colors and...
It’s that time of the year again, when the temperature drops and we get the coats and scarves out. The trees are changing colors and there’s a crispness in the air that’s matched by the crunching leaves as we walk. People are looking forward to their first pumpkin spice latte, but they’re forgetting about their cars. Your car needs some love during this time, and some simple maintenance items can help save you money and headache. A quick one is checking your tire pressure. It’s something often overlooked, but we’re here to tell you that it’s very easy and it has some real benefits for you and your car.
Some background on how tire pressure affects your car and your car’s overall ride. Every car manufacturer has a recommended tire pressure for each tire. That’s the baseline, from there you can choose to underinflate or overinflate for various reasons. Overinflating reduces tire traction, and also reduces rolling friction which can increase your car’s overall MPG. Overinflating will also cause your car to become noticeably more bumpy. Underinflating has the opposite effect, you car’s ride becomes a bit more comfortable because the tires absorb a bit more of the bumps in the road, but you increase rolling friction and can decrease your MPG.
We highly recommend keeping to your car manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, as over inflating or underinflating can be more unsafe and can decrease the life of your tires. Now where exactly do you find your manufacturer's recommended tire pressure? It’s not on the tire. That’s the tire manufacturer's recommendation, you don’t want to use that. You want to use your car manufacturer's recommendation. You can find it in your manual, but who actually keeps that? You can also find it in your driver’s side door. Open the door and there should be a sticker on the inside of the door, or on the inside of the door frame. There it should list the recommended tire pressure for each wheel or at least front wheels and back wheels. It should also include the tire pressure for the spare tire. Make sure you check that as well, the last thing you want is to have a flat spare when you need it most!
Being a DIYer and a car enthusiast used to be easier. If you’re really ok with downtime and the possibility for extra costs incurred by your potential mistakes, knock yourself out. Otherwise, we suggest someone with some experience on the clock for a project.
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