Tire Pressure Guidebook 101 for Volkswagen

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So you discover your tire pressure warning light flashing on the dashboard (you know, the one with the exclamation point) and that’s the point when you could use a tire pressure guide, right? The majority of us recognize how simple it is to ignore this alert because of the frustration with locating a gas station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. But the fact is, that frustration pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you chose to ignore the warning! There are plenty of reasons for low tire pressure: weather changes, regular wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is vital to get it checked out right now. However, if you aren’t certain just how to go about checking your tire pressure, don’t fret. Volkswagen of Alamo Heights is here to help with this helpful tire pressure guidebook.

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 Find Tire Pressure

Your first step in inspecting your tire’s air pressure is to make certain the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for at least one hour. This will provide you with the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) reading.

Second, find the auto maker’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 compressor. 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 a pressure 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 inspect the PSI one last time and you’re ready to roll!

When To Measure Tire Pressure

The best routine is to check your tire pressure on a monthly basis. In most modern cars, you can browse the dashboard settings for a computer measurement of the PSI on all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best method is to use an air gauge.

Cooler weather conditions can impact PSI as well. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature level goes down, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature increases.

Why Measure Tire Pressure

Maintaining your vehicle’s tires is crucial for fuel economy, automotive performance, and safety. It’s what keeps your vehicle rolling. A flat tire or a blowout when driving is not just an inconvenience to deal with but it’s also potentially 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 passengers for many smooth riding miles.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you concerned about your tire pressure, but not quite sure what to do next? Don’t fret. Our factory-certified Volkswagen specialists are here to assist. Drop by to our car service department today and let us 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 air in it.

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