Properly inflating your tires with the correct pressure is key to your safety on the road. Both overinflated or underinflated tires create excessive stress and heat which can cause uneven tread wear, poor handling, and increased risk of puncture.
Each tire has its own specific pressure for its size set by the manufacturer. You can find this information in your owner's manual and on the inside of your driver’s side door.
Check your Tire Pressure Often…. This is your Tire Pressure Light. Sensors inside your tires tell your vehicle’s computer when the tire pressure is incorrect. If you should see this warning please have an automotive professional check your inflation.
Sometimes cold weather will cause the Tire Pressure sensorto light up. Cold air reduces tire pressure because molecules are moving slower and don’t fill the space inside the tire as well as in warm temperatures. Normally as the tire heats from the road or the day begins to warm you will see this light go away.
- Checking your tire pressure at least every few months or just before a long trip, as well as the spare.
- Checking tire pressure when the tires are cool. Never release inflation pressure when the tires are hot, that can be very dangerous from the increased pressure from heat.
- Visually inspect the tire sidewalls and treads for nails, bulges, or other objects that could poke a hole in the tire.