Why Maintaining Tire Pressure Matters

What are the Effects of too much or too little Tire Pressure?

Tire Pressure GuideWhenever you inflate your tires, it’s important you’re paying attention to how much air you should be putting in. On average, tires usually take between 44 and 51 PSI nowadays. If you’re not sure how much air you should be putting in your tire, look for the marked PSI on your tire.

Although it can be sometimes hard to read, the PSI is located on the side of the tire. If you can’t read it, take a wet cloth to dampen the rubber surface to help you get a better view. If you still cannot read it, look up the tire make and model for more information. You don’t want to accidentally inflate your tires under or over the recommended PSI.

Having your tires under or over inflated should never be ignored. Driving around on tires with low pressure can increase the chance of you getting a flat tire and causing damage to your vehicle. Not only can your suspension be affected, but you’ll notice your ride won’t be as smooth or silent either. Noises and vibrations can come from under your seat or steering wheel if you’re not careful to inflate your tires to the correct number.

Where the Wear Happens

  • Overinflated tires – more wear in the center of the tire from bowing out
  • Properly inflated tires – even wear on the center and sides of the tires
  • Underinflated tires – more wear on the sides of the tires from flattening
over inflated tire with wear in middle
properly inflated tire gets equal wear on sides and middle
under inflated tire with wear on the sides

Similarly, over inflating your tires is only going to harm your car. If you’re driving to and from work with over-inflated tires, you may be causing the unintentional uneven wear of your tires’ tread, leading to the possibility of a blow-out in conditions where your tires or wheels get too hot. In order to avoid these situations, all you have to do is adjust your tire pressure. If your car or truck’s wheels are over-inflated, simply let some air out. If it’s underinflated, put some air in, but, again, make sure you’re putting in the air in accordance with the tire’s PSI limits.

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