Tire Pressure 101 Guide for Volkswagen

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So you start your car and see your tire pressure light flashing on the dashboard (you know, the light with the exclamation point) and that’s the point when you could use a tire pressure guidebook, right? A lot of us recognize how easy it is to overlook this alert because of the challenge with locating a service station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. However the truth is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the freeway because you chose to overlook the warning! There are a lot of reasons for low tire pressure: climate condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is vital to get it looked into right now. However, if you aren’t sure exactly how to go about checking your tire pressure, do not stress. Gene Messer Volkswagen is here to help with this helpful tire pressure guide.

What is Tire Pressure?

“Cold inflation pressure is the inflation pressure of tires before the car is driven and the tires warmed up. Recommended cold inflation pressure is displayed on the owner’s manual and on the placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge, pillar, glovebox door or fuel filler flap. Drivers are encouraged to make sure their tires are adequately inflated, as suboptimal tire pressure can greatly reduce fuel economy, increase emissions, increased wear on the edges of the tire surface, and can lead to premature failure of the tire. Excessive pressure, on the other hand, may lead to impact-breaks, decrease braking performance, and cause uneven wear (i.e., greater wear on the center part of the tire surface).”


How To Check Tire Pressure

The first thing you’ll want to do in measuring your tire’s air pressure is to make certain the tires are “cold” meaning they have not been driven on for about an hour. This will provide you with the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.

Second, find the manufacturer’s suggested PSI. This can be located in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Jot down the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air pump. You can typically locate one at most tire shops, car washes, or gas stations. A one-time use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

Third, inspect the tire pressure with an air gauge. These gauges can be found at any retail store’s automotive department, an auto parts store, or sometimes they are available on the air pumps themselves. Simply fill the tire or tires to the specified PSI level then check the PSI one last time and you’re ready to roll!

When To Read Tire Pressure

The most effective routine is to inspect your tire pressure once a month. In many modern-day vehicles, you can flip through the control panel settings for a computer reading of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, sometimes, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective method is to use an air gauge.

Chillier weather conditions can affect PSI too. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature level drops, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature level increases.

Why Measure Tire Pressure

Taking care of your car’s tires is important for automotive performance, safety, and fuel economy. It is what literally keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not only a headache to take care of but it’s also very dangerous if there is not an emergency lane conveniently available. Treat your car to some preventative maintenance and it will take care of you and your family for many smooth riding journeys to come.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you concerned about your tire pressure, but aren’t sure what to do next? Don’t fret. Our factory-trained Volkswagen tire pros are your go-to team. Stop by our service department today and allow us to have a look at your wheels. Don’t wait until when they’re flat. The best method for handling low tire pressure is to assess and fix it early, when there’s still pressure in the tire.

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