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All About Tire Pressure
All About Tire Pressure

WHY CORRECT TIRE PRESSURE MATTERS

Keeping the correct air pressure in your tires helps your tires last longer, helps your car handle better and safer, and helps you save money on fuel.

CHECK AIR PRESSURE REGULARLY

Most people forget about their tires until something goes wrong. The truth is, tires lose pressure daily. In cool weather, a tire will typically lose one or two pounds of air per month. In warm weather, tires lose even more air. That's why it's recommended that you check air pressure every other time you stop to fill up your gas tank. Keep in mind that many vehicles have different tire pressures on the front and rear axle. And don't forget to check the pressure in your spare tire.

WHAT IS THE CORRECT PRESSURE

The first place to look for the correct air pressure for your specific tires is your vehicle owner's manual. Correct air pressure should also be listed on the tire placard attached to the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove box door or fuel door.

WHAT IS TPMS AND HOW DOES IT WORK

TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is a technology that all vehicles have that are 2007 model year and newer. Some models older than 2007 will have them as well, but the systems were mandated by the NTHSA for the '07 model year. This technology uses one of two types of system to monitor the air pressure in your tires, and alert you if one or more of them become low. Typically when one or more of your tires becomes 25% or more under inflated, the system will illuminate an icon on your instrument panel to let you know to have the pressure of the affected tire checked. To the right is an example of what that icon may look like on your vehicle. Once the tire pressure has been set properly, the system will turn the light out after you've begun driving for a few minutes in most cases.

Tire Placard

TPMS

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