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Check your Tire Pressure.

Now most of us have the low tire light indicator on the dashboard. But when it comes on most of the time doesn’t you tire still look full? Well in good old New England the weather change is pretty dramatic and that can lead to a 3-4lbs swing in your tire pressure between seasons. This is one major reason we use Nitrogen in our tires here as it is denser and holds true to the amount of air you put into the tire.

First things first. I suggest getting a gauge for any and all who do not have one. This should be a cheap and fairly easy find. Most gas stations have them and if you can not find one we will find one for you here. You can find your recommended tire pressure right on the kick panel once you open the drives door on most models or right in your owners manual. Next is onto your trip around the vehicle to remove the valve stem caps and check the tire pressures. I see alot of plastic caps out there.. I do personally recommend metal with a plastic sleeve inside. If they are all metal we have found them to almost weld themselves to the stem. Mainly due to our environment. We live in an area where the weather change is dramatic. And plastics can become brittle and break. Thus loosing the sealing from the cap and possibly leading to a flat or tire damage. Now when using the gauge you must make sure you are properly aligning the tool with the stem. Most gauges are on a 45 degree angle for clearance. You will hear a little burst of air escape when pushing down the gauge but you should one hear a very little when you initially depress the gauge. To make this clear. For an accurate reading the air should not be escaping.

The gauge should look like this.

Now if all is within specs then we are good to go. If not I would strongly advise you not to drive on a tire less than 10psi low or visibly low on air without adjusting the tire pressure. If you do not have the equipment to add air (air compressor) then I would suggest using your spare to get to a gas station or to your local dealer (hopefully us) to adjust the tire pressure. Make sure to check the Spare tires air pressure as well. The recommended PSI for your spare should be listed right on the spare tire. I recommend not driving on the low tire due to tire or personal injury.. And we do not want anything bad happening to any of you!

Here is a video from the folks at Edmunds.com as they also feel tire safety is very important.

My next post will be on changing to that spare tire we spoke of earlier.