Benefits of a Properly Inflated Tire

by Joe Hanna on June 3, 2013

Benefits of a Properly Inflated TireEver notice when you’re driving how your car seems to pull one way? This may be because one or more of your tires are not inflated properly!

One should make it a point to ensure they check their tires for proper inflation on a regular basis. It is recommended that you check your tires when they are “cold”, as the air heats up and expands quickly once they’ve been driven on. Invest a few dollars in a good tire gauge, and keep it in your vehicle so that you can check your tire pressures.

Why should you check your tires? The two main benefits are:

  • Preventing Tire Premature Wear – maximizes tread wear; wheel bearings indirectly also last longer
  • Maximize Fuel Economy – less friction on the road when the tire is properly inflated

Tires generally have a max PSI rating stamped on the sidewall of the tire, however you should never inflate past these pressure ratings. Always inflate your tires to the manufacturer’s specified rating. Depending on your vehicle manufacturer, you should be able to find this either stamped in the driver’s door jamb, in the glove box, the inside of the gas door, or your Owner’s Manual.

Information on the door jamb

Vehicle information plate displaying PSIWhen you bring your vehicle in for service at Joe’s Unlimited Imports Auto Repair, we check your tires to ensure they are properly inflated to your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. Book your next service appointment with us!


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Daniela February 21, 2016 at 5:40 am

Tire valve caps are the final seal again potential farulie in the valve of the valve stem. A good tire valve cap will come with high quality rubber seal that push against the circumferential ‘ring’ of the valve stem and thereby help to contain the air should the valve fail or not containing the air very well. You observation of your tire (the one with the missing cap) losing air confirms that this could be a possibility.Of course, the other possibility is that your tire is having a slow leak go to any petrol station, and it could be rectified at a minimal cost.Note: Even if the valve is perfectly good, if the tire go over a bump or pot hole, it is still susceptible to lost of air due to the additional pressure asserted during the hit.


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