Each type and size of tires has an optimal pressure rating range that promotes the best balance of performance, fuel efficiency and tire life. You have to keep a close eye on your tire pressures to ensure they remain in the right range to continue enjoying the benefits. Pressures that are too low or too high can result in uneven wear and tread separation, dramatically reducing the life of your tires. Utilize this guide to better understand tire pressure fluctuations – and how often to check your tires.
Causes of Tire Pressure Changes
When the air inside your tires heats up or cools down, the internal pressures fluctuate as well. As temperatures outside heat up, tire pressure tends to increase by one PSI for every increase of 10 degrees Fahrenheit. As temperatures cool down, tire pressure decreases in a similar manner. Small air leaks from the valve stem or a tread puncture can also cause the tire pressures to change.
When to Check Your Tire Pressure
If you have a newer vehicle, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) can keep you informed about the current state of your tires. This system will also give you a warning if the tire pressure drops more than 25 percent. As with older vehicles, you should still manually check your tire pressure every time you fill up at the gas station. With a quick check using a tire gauge, you can confirm that your TPMS system is still operating currently and tire pressure remains at the right level.
If you notice your tire pressure is outside the ideal range, you can add or remove air to keep your tires properly inflated. With the right level of care, your tires can take you on all your travels without a hitch. To explore your tire upgrade options, explore our online store and see what we have available at Tire Crawler.