VEHICLE MAINTENANCE: TYRE PRESSURE

Your tyres support the weight of your vehicle, right? Well they don’t! It is the air pressure inside them which actually supports the weight. Maintaining optimal air pressure in your vehicle’s tyres are crucial in ensuring a safe, efficient, and comfortable drive. It will also maximize the life of your tyres, saving you money by stretching the time between expensive tyre replacements.

Tyre pressures should be checked and maintained at least once a month!

Fortunately, keeping your tyres properly inflated is easy and can be done in any gas stations.

Listed below are the maintenance steps for tyre pressure:

1. Best possible, start with cold tyres. Tires are considered cold when the vehicle has been parked for at least three hours, or if the vehicle has been driven less than a mile (1.6 km) at moderate speed. Be sure to park at the dedicated lot so that the air compressor hose will reach all four tyres.

2. Check the recommended tyre pressure for your vehicle. The recommended tyre pressure is most commonly listed on a sticker, which can be found inside the driver’s door. Otherwise, the specifications may also be found in the vehicle’s manual. PSI or psi stands for Pound per Square Inch, which is the unit of pressure. Most passenger cars will recommend 32 psi to 35 psi in the tires when they’re cold. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend higher tyre pressures especially for truck tyres which are loaded or in need of towing another vehicle. Note that some vehicles may have different recommended air pressures for the front tyres and rear tyres.

⚠️ Once again, you should follow the manufacturer’s recommendation ⚠️

3. Set the air compressor reading to the recommended tyre pressure. Remove the valve cap from your tyres and fill up each tyre by placing the end of the hose over the valve stem, pressing on the lever until you hear the motor running. Pull out the valve stem once the tyre has been completely filled.

Driving on under-inflated tyres reduces fuel efficiency. Tyre underinflation will also lead to significantly accelerated tyre wear.

Try not to over-inflate the tyres as this will increase wear on the center of the tire, affecting your vehicle’s handling, create a harsher ride, and potentially reduce your braking efficiency. More dangerously, doing this may cause a blowout while you are driving, resulting in loss of vehicle control.

So, make sure your vehicle tyres are optimally inflated.

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