Signs of Low Tire Pressure in NYC

Even though your vehicle's wheels are incredibly important, most drivers take them for granted. There are many services available to help us keep our tires working properly, but it's also important to know what to look for as far as your tires' health. Having the proper amount of air in your tires is crucial for the safety of you, your loved ones, and your car. Here are a few signs that will help you determine whether your tires have low pressure.

Check the Pressure

Low Tire PressureA surefire way to know whether your car's tire pressure is low is by using an air gauge. Before using a gauge, make sure you know the proper pressure for your tires. Many people make the mistake of using the wheel as a guideline for how much air to put in the tire. In fact, the number on the tire isn't so much a guideline as it is a warning. The number you read is the maximum pressure the tire can handle, which isn't exactly where you want your tires to be. Consult your driver's manual for proper numbers.

Underinflated Tires

An underinflated tire, or a tire with low pressure, will have several signs to help you realize that they need to be checked. The first of these signs, and perhaps the easiest to identify, is contact with the road.

After driving, look at your tires. A trained eye will notice if a tire is low. The best way to determine if your tire's pressure is low by sight is simply by comparing the tire you believe to be low with that of a tire that appears fine. You'll notice the little differences in inflation almost immediately.

If more than one tire seems like it has low pressure and visual comparison doesn't work, there are other signs to look for. While you're driving, feel the way your car moves along the road. A tire with low pressure won't protect the rim as well as it should, and there will be more contact between the ground and the rim. While it won't be as startling as if you have a flat tire, you can still begin to notice the difference in the way your car feels. Being able to determine whether your pressure is low is a great practice to get into, as it will help in future situations where you're unsure of your tire's integrity.

Driving around on an underinflated tire can be dangerous as well as costly. Outside of the obvious, having a tire with low pressure will dramatically reduce the amount of life you get from your tires. When the pressure is low, your tire is more susceptible to flats, punctures, and other problems of the road.

Tire with low pressureWhen your tire pressure is low, you'll also put greater strain on other systems in your vehicle. In fact, it has been shown that cars that have improper pressure in the tires are more likely to waste fuel. This is because the car meets more resistance as it drives, as the tire isn't serving its purpose, and this causes your car to compensate by working harder in other ways.

If you notice that you're not getting as much from your gas tank as you should be, then it could be an early sign that you need a new tire or more air.

If you're still unsure how to check the air pressure in your tires, consult an expert. At Manhattan Jeep Chrysler Dodge Ram, we offer a variety of tire services in Manhattan and other services for your brand-new or veteran vehicle. Don't wait until it's too late and you're stranded on the side of the New York City streets with a flat. Come in today or schedule your service appointment online. We would be happy to work with you!


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