Tire Pressure 101 Guide for Volkswagen

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So you start your car and discover that your tire pressure light has lit up on the dashboard (you know, the one with the exclamation point) and that’s when you wish you had a tire pressure handbook, right? The majority of us acknowledge how easy it is to ignore this alert as a result of the challenge with finding a filling station with a working air compressor to inflate your tires. However the fact is, that headache pales in comparison to a blow-out on the highway because you chose to overlook the warning! There are a lot of reasons for reduced tire pressure: weather changes, regular wear and tear, or a leak in your tire. Whatever the reason might be, it is important to get it looked into today. However, if you aren’t certain just how to tackle checking your tire pressure, do not worry. Volkswagen of Kearny Mesa is here to help with this handy tire pressure guide.

What is Tire Pressure?

“Cold inflation pressure is the inflation pressure of tires before the car is driven and the tires warmed up. Recommended cold inflation pressure is displayed on the owner’s manual and on the placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge, pillar, glovebox door or fuel filler flap. Drivers are encouraged to make sure their tires are adequately inflated, as suboptimal tire pressure can greatly reduce fuel economy, increase emissions, increased wear on the edges of the tire surface, and can lead to premature failure of the tire. Excessive pressure, on the other hand, may lead to impact-breaks, decrease braking performance, and cause uneven wear (i.e., greater wear on the center part of the tire surface).”


How To Find Tire Pressure

Your first step in checking your tire’s air pressure is to make certain the tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven on for about an hour. This will provide you with the most exact PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) measurement.

Second, find the manufacturer’s suggested PSI. This can be found in the owner’s manual or stamped inside the driver’s side door. Make a note of the PSI requirements and head to your nearest air pump. You can usually find one at most car washes, service stations, or tire shops. A single use will probably cost about $0.50 to $2.00.

Third, check the tire pressure with a pressure gauge. These gauges can be found at any retail store’s automotive department, an auto parts store, or sometimes they are available on the air pumps themselves. Simply fill the tire or tires to the specified PSI level then check the PSI one last time and you’re ready to roll!

When To Adjust Tire Pressure

The most effective routine is to check your tire pressure routinely by the month. In the majority of today’s modern cars, trucks, and SUVs, you can flip through the dashboard settings for a digital reading of the PSI for all tires. The computer-generated estimate, in some cases, can become slightly off. Therefore, the most effective method is to use a PSI gauge.

Colder weather can affect PSI as well. According to Goodyear, for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds and vice versa for temperature increases.

Why Read Tire Pressure

Maintaining your car’s tires is important for fuel economy, automotive performance, and safety. It’s what keeps your vehicle moving. A flat tire or a blowout on the road is not just a hassle to deal with but it’s also potentially dangerous if there is not an emergency lane readily available. Treat your vehicle to some preventative maintenance and it will take care of you for many smooth riding roads ahead.

Schedule a Tire Inspection

Are you worried about your tire pressure, but not quite sure what to do? Don’t fret. Our factory-trained Volkswagen specialists are ready to help. Drop in to our auto service department today and let us have a look at your wheels. Don’t wait. The best thing for low tire pressure is always to assess and fix it early, when there’s still air in the tire.

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