Proper Inflation of Tires

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Tires are one of the most important, and many times overlooked, parts of our cars. Tires are the only thing between our cars and the road, and when there are tire problems, they affect a vehicle’s ride comfort, handling and safety. One very important detail to consider is proper tire inflation.

You should check your tire pressure regularly because over time, tires tend to lose air. Obtain a digital tire gauge and check your tires once a month as well as before a long trip. Proper inflation pressures can be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual or on a sticker on the car (usually on the driver’s doorjamb or fuel-filler lid). Before checking the tire pressure, however, it is important to allow the car to sit for several hours in order to ensure that the tires are cooled off, as the friction of driving heats the tires and increases pressure, which can conceal an under-inflated tire.

Maintaining proper tire inflation pressure enables you to optimize your vehicle’s tire performance and fuel economy. Additionally, proper tire inflation pressure lets you experience the comfort, durability and performance associated with your particular make and model of automobile. Proper inflation of tires will also stabilize the tire’s structure, which in turn will ensure the responsiveness, traction and handling of your car. If your tires are under-inflated, you should immediately address this issue. An under-inflated tire has more rolling resistance, which increases fuel consumption. It also creates more heat, which can lead to tire failure.

If your tires are over-inflated, it will be stiff and unyielding and the size of its footprint in contact with the road is reduced. Additionally, your tires could be damaged more easily when running over potholes or debris in the road. Higher inflated tires cannot isolate road irregularities well, causing them to ride harsher.

Establishing a regular maintenance schedule with ACA Automotive can take any guesswork out of the process and help you plan financially for what needs to be done. At ACA Automotive, we can help you work out a schedule for what needs to be done when.

Consult the user’s manual that comes with your car for recommendations on which services are appropriate at what intervals. Most manufacturers offer suggestions about when you will need to service different car parts based on time or mileage. It’s important to remember, however, that these figures are averages and depending on your driving habits, some procedures may need to occur earlier.