Signs your tire pressure is too low and how to fix it
Maintaining the appropriate amount of tire pressure is a simple yet effective measure you can take to optimize your fuel efficiency and have superior handling on the road. While many vehicles have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that will alert you if it detects low pressure (using a dashboard indicator light that looks like a tire with an exclamation point), there are other warning signs you should be aware of so that you can detect the issue and address it if necessary. Here are some signs that your tire pressure is too low:
“Spongy” ride: This is a sign of low pressure that you can detect while driving. As tires lose pressure, more tire comes in contact with the road and creates a softer, spongier feel while driving.
Tires look flattened against the pavement: This is the simplest check, as it can just be done by looking at your tires. If your tires appear squished at the bottom, your tire pressure is likely low.
Squealing while turning: If your car begins being noisy while turning, it may be a sign that the that you have low tire pressure.
Decreased fuel efficiency: If your car sees a sudden or gradual drop in fuel efficiency for seemingly no explicable reason, you should check your tire pressure.
Once you’ve detected low tire pressure, it’s an easy fix. Here are the steps you should take:
Check the optimal tire pressure for your vehicle/tires: This information is generally listed inside the driver door or in the owner’s manual.
Use a tire pressure gauge to check your current tire pressure: You should always keep a tire pressure gauge stowed in your glove compartment to easily evaluate your tire pressure. To do so, remove the cap on the valve stem of your tire, press the gauge onto the stem, remove the gauge once the dial moves, and read the gauge.
If low, used an air pump to fill up your tire: Compressed air pumps are available at many gas stations, auto shops, and car dealerships.
Check pressure again after you’ve filled the tire to make sure it’s in the recommended limits: If still low, add more air, if too high, release air. Evaluate again.
Repeat with all four tires.
On top of low tire pressure, it’s important to have your tires rotated and properly aligned. So, for these or any other service need, bring your vehicle in to our technicians at Mama's Used Cars.
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