How Important is Tire Pressure?

As seasons transition from one to the next, you might not think there would be any effect on your car. But you would be wrong, especially in terms of your tires! Every 10-degree temperature swing can affect the tire pressure by 1 PSI (pounds per square inch). Tire pressure is instrumental to keeping you comfortable and ultimately safe on the road.

So, let’s explore tire pressure.

Best Practices – Set up a monthly schedule for checking your tires and tire pressure. By checking these items monthly, you will be able to identify if any of your tires are under-performing. Compare last month’s reading to this month’s reading. If there are significant changes, bring your vehicle into Dub’s Garage for an inspection.

Visual Check – First start with a visual inspection and make sure the tread on each tire is wearing evenly. Next, does every tire have a valve cap? Valve caps help in maintaining proper inflation. They can keep dust and other particles out of the valve. If one or more is missing, stop by our auto repair shop in Corpus Christi for a tire inspection and valve cap replacement.

Proper Tire Pressure – You can locate the proper tire pressure in your owner’s manual. This information should also be listed on the tire placard attached to the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove box door or fuel door. Note the tire pressure recommended by your car’s manufacturer, not the “max pressure” numerals found on the tire sidewall. By using the recommended pressure, you will get the best combination of performance, ride comfort, tire life, and fuel economy.

If you suspect any issues with your tires or not sure what the correct pressure should be, please call Dub’s Garage at 361.444.1355. Come into our auto shop in Corpus Christi for routine maintenance and a tire inspection. Our trained ASE-Certified technicians will help you save money by maximizing the life of your tires.


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