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Maintaining your tire pressure is more important than you think.Maintaining your tire pressure is more important than you think.

One of the most overlooked elements of safety, performance and longevity is simply the amount of air in your tires. In a technical sense, it’s what’s actually supporting the entire weight of your vehicle and everything in it.

Checking tire pressure

Why should I check my tire pressure?

Tire pressures are by no means constant. They can be affected by nothing more than a change in outdoor temperatures. Pressures can fluctuate 1 psi(pounds per square Inch) for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature increase drives a psi increase and a decrease in temperature results in a decrease in psi. Noticing a decrease in the pressure of one of your tires can also be a sign of a foreign object in the tread that’s causing a slow leak. But you won't know unless you check. So as a rule, just set aside five minutes at the beginning of each month to check the tire pressures and make sure they are inflated to match the vehicle and tire manufacturer’s specifications.

Where do I find my tire pressure?

To make sure you’re running the right tire pressures, you first need to know what they are. Vehicle manufacturers are kind enough to put this info in both the owner’s manual and on the driver’s side door jamb. Keep in mind, front and rear pressure recommendations could be slightly different. Once you know the right pressures, you can check to see if your tires are under, over or just right.

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Benefits of proper tire inflation.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that every day, five million gallons of fuel are wasted due to low tire pressures. That’s a lot of fuel and it costs you even more money. Having your tires properly inflated is the fastest, simplest and cheapest way to make sure your vehicle is getting better gas mileage. When you have to fill up less often, your fuel cost savings can add up quickly. If that isn't enough, there’s also the added safety. An underinflated or overinflated tire is more likely to result in tire failure, which could result in an accident. Running tires with improper pressures also affects the wear, which means you could take as much as a year off the life of a set of tires.

How to check your tire pressure

It's always recommended to check your tire pressure when your tires are "cold". Tires are considered cold when the vehicle has been parked for at least three hours, or driven less than one mile at moderate speed. First, remove the valve cap from one of your tires. Then place the pressure gauge on the valve stem and press down firmly. The air pressure will push a small bar out from the bottom of the gauge. Measurement units are etched into the bar. Now, compare the measured psi to the psi found on the sticker inside the driver’s door or in your owner’s manual. DO NOT compare to the psi on your tire’s sidewall. Finally, if your psi is above the number, let air out until it matches. If below, add air until it reaches the proper number.

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What is TPMS?

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Simply put, the TPMS is there to alert you that the pressure in one or more of your tires is a certain amount below or above the recommended psi. But remember, the warning light can’t tell you which tire is underinflated. So if you see the TPMS icon illuminated, check the pressure in all four tires as soon as possible.

Got other questions you need answers to?Got other questions you need answers to?

We understand that choosing the right tire can be challenging. There’s a lot to consider before you buy, so we've put together an informative guide to help answer any questions and find the right tires for you.

Frequently asked questions

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    Should I replace 2 tires or 4 tires?

    As a general rule, we recommend replacing all four tires at the same time. However, sometimes you may only need to replace two of your tires. If this is the case, we recommend mounting the new tires on the rear axle. This will add traction and increase the overall safety of your vehicle.

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    How can I make my money go farther?

    A first glance, it might seem like the best value tire is the one that costs less. But instead of looking at up-front costs, it might be worth looking at the cost over time. When we break down the cost-per-mile, a higher quality tire might end up being the better value. Not to mention improved ride quality, superior handling and enhanced safety. Depending on your driving habits, spending a bit more now could save you money down the road.

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    When should I replace my tires?

    Knowing when to replace your tires boils down to two simple words: safety first. Keeping track of your tread depth and the age of the tire are two important factors in determining if they’re still safe and road-ready. 

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