How Much Air Should I Put In My Tires

A tire full of air keeps the Mechanic Away. Keeping your tires properly inflated has many more benefits than just keeping your car rolling. Tires yes make it easier to get from point A to point B, but also affects handling, braking, and the fuel mileage of your vehicle. Read on to find out why you need to keep your tires at the proper inflation.  

My Steering Feels Loose  

Low tire pressure or underinflated tires can cause the side walls of the tire to flex during turning, causing incorrect contact points on the tire. This will cause a complaint from most customers of a squirmy or loose steering sensation while driving. 

Can Tire Pressure Affect Braking? 

Yes, low tire pressure can affect braking distance. Low tire pressure can make an emergency stop an evasive maneuver that is dangerous and less effective.  

Can Tire Pressure Affect Fuel Mileage? 

Yes, Low Tire Pressure can affect fuel mileage. A simple 5psi under inflated tire could affect your fuel economy as much as two cents a mile. That may not seem like much but over 100,000 miles that is $2,000 on top of causing tires to prematurely fail. And no, you should not over inflate tires! That will not help your fuel economy because the pressure recommended is for your vehicle’s optimum fuel consumption.  

How Much Air Should I put In My Tires? 

On all vehicles, there is a sticker usually in the drivers door hinge that states the manufacture rated tire pressure. If you are in a pinch and cannot find the sticker the tire will have a max pressure rating. Make sure not to go over that rating. You could also call your local mechanic and get them to look it up for you. Most Mechanics will properly set all your tires when you are in the Auto Shop for service.  

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