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It’s a question we hear a lot: “What psi should my tires be?”  The great news is that the answer is probably right inside your car. 

Q: Where to Find the Answer to What Should My Tire Pressure Be?


A: You can look for your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure information in two spots:

  • On a placard or sticker on the driver’s side door jamb
  • In your vehicle’s owner’s manual

If you can’t locate, a Jiffy Lube® technician will be happy to access this information for you.

Q: What Does psi Mean?


A: This popular question is right up there with, “What psi should my tires be?” Tire pressure is measured in psi or pounds per square inch. Many passenger car manufacturers answer what should my tire pressure be by recommending approximately 32 to 35 psi.

Q: Does Correct Tire Pressure Matter?


A: Yes. When tires are properly inflated, your car will handle better, and that’s no small thing! According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), cars with underinflated tires are three times more likely to get into crashes related to tire problems.

In addition to improved handling and safety, maintaining the right pressure can also offer financial benefits:

Q: How Do I Know If My Tires Are Underinflated?


A: Here are seven signs that may indicate your tires are underinflated:

  1. Your car isn’t handling well
  2. Your ride is less smooth
  3. It takes longer to brake
  4. You see cracks in one of your tires
  5. Your tires are wearing out faster than usual
  6. The steering wheel is shaking or vibrating
  7. You hear the signs of misalignment (like noisy steering or squealing stops)

If you notice any of these warning signs, inspect your tires. Check to see if all four are inflated evenly by testing the tire pressure – you can do this yourself using a tire gauge. Or, you can always bring your car to Jiffy Lube to have the tire pressure checked by a trained technician. With 2,000+ locations nationwide, there’s sure to be a service center nearby.

Q: How Often Should I Check the Tire Pressure?


A: At a minimum, check your tire pressure once a month. Some drivers check it every time they stop for gas. 

Q: How Do I Get an Accurate Tire Pressure Reading?


A: To get an accurate tire pressure reading, keep these tips in mind:

  • Consistency is important, so try to use the same handheld gauge every time. You can pick one up at your local auto parts store and stow it in your glove compartment for convenience.
  • You’ll get the most accurate tire pressure reading when your tires are cold. Since heat can increase both temperature and air pressure, testing first thing in the morning may be best.

 

Q: Can a Jiffy Lube Technician Check the Tire Pressure for Me?


A: Of course! You may feel more confident riding on tires that have been checked by a Trained technician.

Whenever You Have a Question about Tires, Turn to Jiffy Lube
Whether you’re wondering, “What should my tire pressure be?” or “What should I do if you have a tire blowout?” you can look to Jiffy Lube to give you smart advice concerning your vehicle.

 

Jiffy Lube technician ready to conduct a tire inspection

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