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With the cooler months quickly approaching, it’s important to learn how to check tire pressure to ensure optimal tire performance and longevity. Why? Cold temperatures cause the air molecules inside the tire to lose energy, resulting in reduced pressure. For every 10°F drop in temperature, tire pressure typically decreases about 1-2 pounds per square inch (psi) — meaning the amount of air inside the tire.
So how are your tires? Overinflated? Underinflated? Do you even know where to check tire pressure? Keep reading to learn more about how to check your tire pressure.
To accurately check your tire pressure, you need a tire pressure gauge, which you can purchase at your local auto parts store. For an accurate reading, check the pressure when the tires are cold, ideally first thing in the morning. Keep in mind that friction from driving can cause the tires to heat up, which can affect the pressure. If you've already driven the car, wait at least three hours for the tires to cool down before taking a reading.
Ready to get started? Here’s what you need to do:
To help keep your vehicle rolling smoothly, check your tire pressure once a month, even if your tires look fine. Also, check your tire pressure if you drive over a sharp object or hit a curb.
What if the tire pressure is lower than the manufacturer’s recommendations? Follow these steps to add air:
You don’t want to overinflate your tires because that could lead to poor handling, accelerated tire tread wear, reduced ride quality, and place your car at risk of skidding and hydroplaning.
If the tire pressure is higher than the manufacturer’s recommendations, follow these steps to release air:
Checking tire pressure is just one component of proper tire maintenance. You also need to regularly rotate your tires and check the tread depth to keep them performing at their best. Don’t worry! Save time and effort by bringing your vehicle to your local Jiffy Lube. Trained technicians can inspect your tires, check and adjust the pressure, and measure tread depth to help ensure a safe, stable ride.
NOTE: Not all services are offered at all Jiffy Lube service centers. Please call ahead or check jiffylube.com to ensure the service is available at the Jiffy Lube location near you.