When Was The Last Time You Checked Your Tire Pressure?

No Comments

Our world has changed, thanks to technology, to ‘set it and forget it’. Our vehicles are no different. Knowing when it was time for an oil change or service used to require keeping a notebook in the glove box (did anyone ever keep gloves in there?) or writing it down in our owner’s manual. Now have so many systems in place to help remind us – we no longer think about it.

We should.


When was the last time YOU checked your tire pressure?

If you are like most drivers today, you don’t check it at all or very often. There is no need when you have that nice little warning light that comes on telling you when it’s time.

Since 2007, all light motor vehicles where mandated to have a tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) to alert drivers to under inflated tires. – Wikipedia

TMPS isn’t however, a replacement for routinely checking tire pressure. It’s designed as a failsafe and a warning when tire pressure drops too low. The TPMS is designed to prevent the most serious issues resulting from under-inflated tires. Too often, drivers today rely on the system.

You still need to check your tire pressure every week, or at least every time you fill up your gas tank.


Why shouldn’t you rely on TPMS?

The TPMS system alert warns you when your tire is twenty percent below the factory recommendation. If the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure is thirty five pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won’t come on until the pressure is at twenty eight pounds. That’s significantly under-inflated. It’s designed primarily to prevent more catastrophic tire failure.

Even before your tire pressure drops by 20%, there can be consequences. The worst is tire failure. A severely under inflated tire can overheat and fail.

The primary reason the use TPMS was mandated followed a Firestone Tire recall in the late 1990s. The recall stemmed from more than 100 deaths due to rollovers of the Ford Explorer following tire tread-separation. Ford setting a lower tire pressure, 15% lower than Firestone felt was recommended, was a potential contributing factor in the tire separations.

Low tire pressure affects how your car handles. Handling can degrade to the point you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Under-inflated tires wear out faster and they waste fuel. It’s costly to not stay on top of proper inflation.

Think how hard it is to walk in sand compared to pavement. You have to work harder to overcome the resistance. Lower air pressure dramatically increases a tire’s rolling resistance. It simply takes more gas to get from point A to point B. The same applies for handling. Again, consider our sand example. How much harder it is to stand on your toes and pivot on sand versus pavement. Lower air pressure creates a similar effect. It simply becomes harder to steer and brake.

The added stress from low tire pressure when steering, braking and simply driving can adversely affect the rest of your suspension, brakes and other systems. This could lead to increased maintenance costs and other failures.


What’s the practical value of the TPMS system then?

If the systems only serves as a warning for sever under inflation and possible extreme failure, why mandate them?

1)  Not all tires loose air slowly. A TPMS can alert you when your tire is losing pressure due to a puncture or a bent rim.

2) Tire pressure is affected by temperature change. A large drop overnight can lead to a sudden drop in pressure. If the pressure in your tires was already low, a drop could trigger the TPMS warning.

3) While not designed as a reminder, we are all human. We do forget to check pressure for ourselves. The system provides a backup in the event we forget.

The TPMS is a safety system. It’s a great backup for when we forget.

Our best advice – pay attention to the TPMS warning light as an indication of a more serious issue and get it check immediately. Keep an air pressure gauge in your glove box and check your tire pressure weekly or at every fill up. You’ll find a sticker on the inside of your driver’s door with the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure.

If you are unsure about checking tire pressure or prefer not to get dirty, come in and see us. There is no charge. We simply want to make sure you, your loved ones and everyone on the road stays safe.


Scott Welsh is the owner of Courtesy Auto Service and Tire of Tacoma


More from our blog

See all posts
No Comments
  1. Pingback: cialis without a doctor prescription

  2. Pingback: cialis tablets australia

  3. Pingback: cialis tablets

  4. Pingback: levitra vs cialis

  5. Pingback: viagra without doctor prescription

  6. Pingback: levitra side effects

  7. Pingback: viagra without a doctor prescription

  8. Pingback: cialis generika

  9. Pingback: levitra recviews

  10. Pingback: viagra tablets

  11. Pingback: cialis generico

  12. Pingback: viagra tablet

  13. Pingback: cialis pharmacy

  14. Pingback: cialis generic pharmacy

  15. Pingback: what is augmentin

  16. Pingback: cialis generic availability

  17. Pingback: viagra pills

  18. Pingback: levitra online

  19. Pingback: side effects augmentin

  20. Pingback: viagra online

  21. Pingback: augmentin vs amoxicillin

  22. Pingback: what is levaquin

  23. Pingback: viagra generic

  24. Pingback: augmentin uses

  25. Pingback: levaquin uses

  26. Pingback: viagra doctor prescription

  27. Pingback: augmentin side effects

  28. Pingback: levaquin side effects

  29. Pingback: viagra coupons

  30. Pingback: cialis 5 mg

  31. Pingback: levitra cost

  32. Pingback: augmentin for uti

  33. Pingback: viagra 100mg

  34. Pingback: levitra 20mg

  35. Pingback: viagra

  36. Pingback: levaquin renal dose

  37. Pingback: cialis 20mg tablet prices

  38. Pingback: cialis 20mg tablets prices

  39. Pingback: augmentin for dogs

  40. Pingback: levaquin lawsuit

  41. Pingback: cialis 20mg generic

  42. Pingback: augmentin dose

  43. Pingback: levaquin for uti

  44. Pingback: sildenafil tablets

  45. Pingback: cialis 20mg

  46. Pingback: augmentin dosage

  47. Pingback: levaquin dosage

  48. Pingback: sildenafil coupons

  49. Pingback: cialis 20 mg

  50. Pingback: generic levitra

  51. Pingback: augmentin antibiotic

  52. Pingback: levaquin antibiotic

  53. Pingback: augmentin and alcohol

  54. Pingback: buy levitra online

  55. Pingback: sildenafil 100mg

  56. Pingback: cheap levitra

  57. Pingback: levaquin 750 mg

  58. Pingback: augmentin 875 mg

  59. Pingback: buy levitra

  60. Pingback: levaquin 500 mg

  61. Pingback: augmentin 875

  62. Pingback: generic viagra

  63. Pingback: levaquin

  64. Pingback: augmentin

  65. Pingback: buy viagra online

  66. Pingback: buy cialis generic tadalafil

  67. Pingback: buy viagra

  68. Pingback: tadalafil generic

  69. Pingback: duloxetine 60 mg

  70. Pingback: tadalafil 20 mg

  71. Pingback: duloxetine side effectss

  72. Pingback: tadalafil 5mg

  73. Pingback: duloxetine hcl

  74. Pingback: vardenafil 20mg

  75. Pingback: duloxetine 20 mg

  76. Pingback: viagra vs cialis

  77. Pingback: vardenafil 20 mg

  78. Pingback: duloxetine

  79. Pingback: generic cialis tadalafil

  80. Pingback: vardenafil

  81. Pingback: cymbalta withdrawal

  82. Pingback: generic cialis

  83. Pingback: levitra vs viagra

  84. Pingback: cymbalta side effects

  85. Pingback: cialis vs viagra

  86. Pingback: cymbalta reviews

  87. Pingback: cialis side effects

  88. Pingback: levitra dosage

  89. Pingback: cymbalta medication

  90. Pingback: cialis prices

  91. Pingback: levitra coupon

  92. Pingback: cymbalta generic

  93. Pingback: cialis pills

  94. Pingback: levitra 20 mg

  95. Pingback: cymbalta for pain

  96. Pingback: atorvastatin 10mg

  97. Pingback: cialis online pharmacy

  98. Pingback: levitra

  99. Pingback: cymbalta dosage

  100. Pingback: atorvastatin 10 mg

  101. Pingback: cialis online

  102. Pingback: levitra generic

  103. Pingback: cymbalta

  104. Pingback: atorvastatin

  105. Pingback: cialis generic

  106. Pingback: cialis free trial

  107. Pingback: cialis dosage

  108. Pingback: cialis cooupons

  109. Pingback: cialis coupons

  110. Pingback: cialis coupon

  111. Pingback: cialis cost

  112. Pingback: cialis canada

  113. Pingback: cheap cialis

  114. Pingback: buy cialis online

  115. Pingback: buy cialis

  116. Pingback: cialis

  117. Pingback: tadalafil

  118. Pingback: jwjshgsgshjs


Leave a Comment