checking tire pressure

More Reasons to Check your Tire Pressure

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Check Your Tire Pressure

If there’s one thing that people in the tire business tell you over and over again it’s this:  keep your tires inflated correctly. You should check your tires at least once per month, even when your tires appear to be correctly inflated.

Why do I have to check my tire pressure even when I can see that they are sufficiently inflated?

Unfortunately, you probably can’t tell that your tires are properly inflated just by looking. Radial tires are tricky beasts. Because of their rigid structure, some radial tires can appear to be properly inflated even at times when their pressure is down as low as 10 or 15 psi.

On the other hand, tires that are properly inflated sometimes look like they need air. You may have witnessed that when one of your tires is sitting perpendicularly on a small incline.

Why should I care about a long tire life when I have a tread wear warranty that guarantees a certain life span?

Most tread wear warranties include a clause that voids the warranty when there has been improper maintenance. If your tire fails long before its expected time, the tire shop can easily check for damage caused by long-time under-inflated driving. Driving on underinflated tires for an extended period of time can cause internal damage to your tire. Such damage is potentially dangerous because it can cause the tire to fail while driving.

Why do we continue to remind you to check your tire pressure?

  • Studies show that most people in the USA have driven on underinflated tires!
  • Correct air pressure is the most important thing you can do to make sure your tires perform as designed.
  • It will also extend the life of your tires.
  • And it’s really easy to do.

What kind of tire gauge should I use to check my tires?

We recommend that you carry a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle. One of these kinds of gauges are best:

  • a digital tire pressure gauge, or
  • a tire pressure gauge with a pointer on a round dial.

Both tend to be accurate and easy to read.  Ask for a recommendation from your tire expert.

You can also find tire pressure gauges and reviews online. Online sales, including buying tires online, will save you time and money if you deal with a reputable company.

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