Check Your Air Pressure Once a Month
Incorrect air pressure is the leading cause of tire damage. To avoid tire damage you need to check your tire's air pressure once a month.
The correct tire pressure can be found in the following places:
- in the car's owner manual
- gas tank lid
- driver's side door's edge
- door post
The air pressure listed on the side of your tire is NOT the correct air pressure for your vehicle. That number is the maximum air pressure for the tire.
Don't get stranded and avoid costly towing expenses. Check your air pressure on your spare regularly. Note: If you have different rims than came on your vehicle originally, make sure that the bolts on your spare tire are the correct fitting.
Failure to keep your tires properly inflated can increase wear and will have a negative effect on your vehicles handling.
When checking and adjusting tire pressure, the following should be kept in mind:
- Check the air pressure when the tire is cold - tires become hot even after driving just a mile. If you must drive to add air, check your air pressure before you leave. Air pressure changes 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change. Air pressure goes up in warm weather and down in cold weather.
- Tire pressure must be the same on the tires of each axle, but may be different on the front and rear axle.
- Valve caps must be tightly closed to protect the valve from dust and dirt and prevent it from leaking.
- Replace missing valve caps without delay.
Take this opportunity to inspect your tires to make sure there are no punctures and they are free of deformities.