Tire Pressure 101 Guidebook for Volkswagen

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So you start your vehicle and see your tire pressure light has lit up on the dashboard and that’s when you could use a tire pressure guide, right? Most of us recognize how easy it is to ignore this alert because of the headache of finding a filling station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. However the reality is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the freeway because you chose to ignore the warning! There are plenty of reasons for low tire pressure: weather condition changes, typical wear and tear, or a slow leak in your tire. Whatever the reason may be, it is vital to get it inspected as soon as possible. However, if you aren’t sure how to tackle checking your tire pressure, don’t fret. Volkswagen of Milwaukee North is here to help with this handy 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 Measure 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 one hour. This will provide you with the most precise PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.

Second, locate the auto maker’s recommended PSI. This can be found in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Make a note of the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air compressor. You can normally locate one at most tire shops, service stations, or car washes. A single use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

Third, check the tire pressure with a PSI 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 Check Tire Pressure

The most effective routine is to check your tire pressure every month. In the majority of today’s modern-day cars, trucks, and SUVs, you can scan the control panel settings for a computer measurement of the PSI for all the tires. The computer-generated estimate, sometimes, can become slightly off. Therefore, the best method is to use an air gauge.

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

Why Check Tire Pressure

maintaining your car, truck, or SUV’s tires is essential for fuel economy, automotive safety, and performance. It is what literally keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not only a headache to deal with but it’s also potentially dangerous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your vehicle to some TLC and it will take care of you for many smooth riding roads ahead.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you concerned about your tire pressure, but not quite sure what to do next? Don’t worry. Our factory-certified Volkswagen mechanics are standing by. Stop by to our car service department today and let us have a look at your tires. Don’t wait until they’re flat. The best way to handle low tire pressure is to assess and fix issues early, when there’s still air in the tire.

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