Brown Motors’ Tips: Check Your Tire Pressure

201311-BrownMotors-QuickLube-TireCareTIRES are the only connection between your vehicle and the road! Please make sure that your tires are well-maintained and at optimal pressure for a number of safety reasons: extending the life of the tires, overall ride comfort and obtaining better gas mileage. Proper tire maintenance includes regularly checking the tire pressure.

How do you check tire pressure? Just drive up to Brown Motors Quick Lube & one of the technicians will check your tire pressure & adjust the amount if needed. He can also make sure your tread is OK.

Follow these steps to get ready to check your tire pressure:

  • Invest in a good digital tire gauge. The old notched tire gauges of the past have been replaced by more accurate digital versions. Buy one of these for around $10 and keep it in your vehicle.
  • Locate the recommended tire pressure for your tires. This information is listed in the vehicle owner’s manual and on the driver’s side door jam (yellow sticker). Be aware that the recommended tire pressure may be different for front tires and back tires.
  • Check tire pressure in the morning. Tire experts recommend checking the tires in the morning, when the tires are cold, or a half-hour after stopping (Which gives tires time to cool down after operating the vehicle).

Now, you’re ready to go. Here’s how to check your tire pressure:

  • Unscrew the tire pressure gauge cap. Putting it in your pocket is a safe place to keep it while you check the pressure of all your tires.
  • Place the tire pressure gauge evenly on the tire’s valve stem. This is a pencil-width air nozzle located on the side of the tire. The air starts to escape, causing a hiss. Once you firmly press the gauge down on the valve stem, air flow stops and the tire gauge gives a reading of the tire pressure. In the older tire gauges, it blows out the metered stick. On digital ones, the tire pressure appears electronically on the gauge.
  • Write down the pressure on all four tires as you record them. This will be helpful if you need to add or remove air from them.
  • If the tire pressure on the tires is below that recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, you need to add air to them. For example, say your tire calls for pounds per square inch (PSI) of 32 and your tire reads 29. You need to inflate the tire by 3 PSI to bring it up to specification. For every 3 PSI below specification, you burn 1 percent more fuel (and your tires have an added 10 percent more wear!). You have two choices where to get air. Either buy your own (a portable air compressor you keep in the garage), or refill the tires at an air station.

Brown Motors Quick Lube — Tire Maintenance

So there again — you can just bring your vehicle into Brown Motors Quick Lube and let the technicians test your tire pressure & refill right away if needed!!

Bottom line: Proper tire maintenance begins with regular (at least monthly) checking of the tire pressure in all four tires and taking appropriate steps to fill them to recommended specs.

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