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How to Inspect the Pressure in Your Tires

Tires are designed to be filled to specific air pressure in order to function properly. This air pressure helps to ensure that the tire is evenly making traction with the road and also helps to prevent premature wear and tear. 

When it comes to your vehicle’s tires, taking care of them can save you both time and money in the long run. The better care you take of your tires, the less stress you’ll find yourself dealing with when something like a tire blowout occurs.

Here are some of the risks of driving with tires that have low pressure: 

  • Tire blowouts
  • Uneven tire wear
  • Tire cupping or bulging 
  • Low tread 
  • Decreased fuel efficiency
  • Handling trouble

With all of these risk factors, it becomes important to understand what the proper air pressure is for your specific vehicle’s tires and how to check it periodically. 

The tire pressure that your vehicle requires will be located on the inside part of your car’s driver side door. You can also find this information either in the owner’s manual or the vehicle manufacturer. Most modern vehicles are also equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system which will actually alert you if one or more of your tires is below 25% of the recommended air pressure. When this warning comes on, it’s important to have your tires inflated properly. 

If you would like to keep track of your tire pressure at home, you can purchase a tire pressure monitor which is easy to use at your local hardware or auto parts store. It is relatively inexpensive and just needs to be plugged into your tire. This will help you be able to monitor and read your air pressure when you need to. 

Here at Sherman Oaks Exclusive, we are also available to help when you find yourself dealing with a tire pressure issue. Just bring your vehicle into our shop, and we can take a look to see if there is a reason why the pressure is low, such as a nail in your tire or another issue, or if your tires just need to be filled up again. Give us a call or stop by our Sherman Oaks auto repair shop today!