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How Much Air Should I Put in My Tires?

It is vital that your tires are inflated with the recommended amount of pressure to help promote their longevity and also get optimum gas mileage. The air pressure is calculated in terms of PSI which is the abbreviation for pounds per square inch. The appropriate tire pressure for newer vehicles is usually found on a sticker that is situated on the inside portion of the driver’s door. In the event that the information is not located on the door, the owner’s manual should contain the pertinent details regarding air pressure.

putting air in a car tire

Tire pressure should be checked when the tires are cold as air pressure becomes increased as tires heat up from driving. For a reliable reading, check the amount of air in the tires after the car has been turned off for several hours. Even better, read the pressure level after the vehicle has been parked overnight. The majority of passenger cars have a recommended air pressure of 32-35 PSI when the tires are cold; however, the sticker inside the door or the auto’s owner’s manual, as mentioned above, offers the accurate amount of pressure.

It is extremely important that you do NOT inflate your tires up to the pressure that is indicated on the tires themselves. This is because the number located on a tire is the greatest pressure that the tire itself can hold, rather than the recommended pressure for your specific automobile. The action of overinflating tires affects proper handling of the vehicle and can also cause a jumpy ride. On the other end of the spectrum, driving on underinflated tires can lead to shortened life spans that result from an escalated amount of friction when traveling on roads.

Greatneck Motorsports is a trusted car dealership in the community. We provide our customers with a fabulous array of top-notch pre-owned cars. Our establishment is located at 300 Great Neck Road in Great Neck, NY and we may be contacted at (516) 590-3580. Car financing is available for our clients’ convenience.

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