You see that rubber on your tires? They take a critical role in the comfort, safety, and control in your car. It is important that your vehicle’s tires are inflated properly with the right PSI. Proper PSI is the standard air pressure rating within a tire. You can find this number in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s door jamb. You need to keep it in mind to ask the local auto shop for the proper rating of the tire you purchase for your vehicle, for future purposes. You might want to keep tabs on eye pressure. Do this by buying inexpensive, small air pressure gauges in your local auto parts store. If you a few bucks to spare invest in a digital 12v air compressor that has the ability to automatically set the tire pressure.
Here are some disadvantages to improper tire inflation:
An overinflated tire will noticeably be rigid and stiff compared to a normally inflated one. Observe how the footprint is reduced as the rubber makes contact with the road. This results in decreased ability in taking control of your car when having an encounter with debris and potholes on the road. There is an increased risk for the explosive flat tire as a result of too much air pressure. This may pose a great problem when it pops due to control trouble you would have to deal with upon driving your car which could lead to an accident.
There are various problems that an underinflated tire may cause to your vehicle. One of which is losing the form leading to an increased rubber-roadway meet. In turn, causing a predetermined short-lived service from your tire for as much as 25 percent or more.
Another concern about under inflation is the reduced fuel economy of not less than 5 percent since there is a need to up the engine power to turn the soft rubber. And just like the problem dealt with having over inflation, under inflation also faces concerns dealing with lack of control on your vehicle. Low tires could cause an uncomfortable and bumpy experience. Tires that are inflated properly allow precise handling and cornering.
It feels good to have complete control of your vehicle when your tire is inflated properly and fuel with high efficiency. You should know the recommended PSI of your vehicle’s tires to determine if they are inflated properly. A quality air pressure gauge should be used to check it from time to time. Should you find out that you have a low tire pressure, take a visit to a nearby gas station where air hoses are available and put some needed air in the tires. Remember not to overfill it or you’ll get back to the same problem you thought you’re already over with. Make sure to use the recommended pressure levels for your car that’s stamped onto the driver’s side doorplate and not the “maximum pressure” numbers shown on the tire itself. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer
You’ll probably notice the TPMS light on your trip computer. Notice the ‘exclamation mark inside a pot’ symbol? They can be pretty universal with the different reset procedure for each manufacturer but most of the time; they share one thing in common: the flashing light and the solid light.
If you see a solid light on your trip computer, it means that you’re low on tire pressure. Flashing TPMS light or blinking lights, on the other hand, means there’s a fault in your TPMS system which we will cover here in RandomFix.
Each wheel has its own TPMS sensor, behind that is a unit with a battery. These batteries go dead after 10 years. (Note: The most common cause of Flashing TPMS light is low TPMS sensor batteries; you may have to initialize the TPMS here.) Beside each wheel is a radio frequency receiver that receives a signal from each of the receivers in the wheels. On vehicles such as Volkswagen, the TPMS system relies on the measure of the tire circumference.
While the most common cause of a solid TPMS light is low tire pressure, this can be remedied by inflating the tire to the appropriate pressure. Look for the appropriate pressure in the owner’s manual.
As mentioned earlier in the article, you’ll see a sticker in the driver’s door jamb containing information about the tire and loading. You’ll see the tire size and the appropriate tire inflation pressure for the front, rear, and even your spare tire. The spare tire on most vehicles is not monitored by the TPMS system. While most vehicle will automatically turn off the solid TPMS light some vehicle makes such as BMW and Mercedes Benz will also require a simple reset using involving the driver control system.
Do you know how to find and reset your tire pressure today?