Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Importance of Tire Pressure Maintenance

The road condition is the main factor to the tire imbalance due to extreme heat. Other factors such as environmental temperature and car loads may also contribute to the reduction of tire pressures over time. When this happens it is important to perform basic maintenance to restore the tire pressure at its optimum level. However in our ideal world not many people are really concern about their tire pressures because it happens all too frequently and most people are getting used to it. Here we are going to highlight certain points why tire pressure is important.

Firstly the car steering balance. Many people overlook into the problems for example assuming the car steering is running out of balance or parts of the tire shafts when the fact the tires is the one having the pressure imbalance. So they end up spending some money to take their cars to the workshop for checking before checking the tire pressure. In the end of the day the mechanics will still pumping some air into the tire if the pressure is not enough.

Secondly to some extend the comfortableness of a car also depending on the tire pressure. Lack of pressures usually caused the car to become slower and feeling low or sink on one side or another. On the other hands over pressure caused bumpy rides even on the smooth roads. Some experts believed that the imbalance of tire pressures can also contribute to accident compared to balanced tire pressure. This is due to the inconsistent grip point on the surface of the roads.

Thirdly fuel consumption. There is connection between tires and fuel consumption. Even though there is no proof to show this but the logic is tire having less pressure burns more fuel compare to the one with enough pressure. This is because less pressure will require the engines to work more and burns more fuels to pick up its acceleration.

So before going to spend some money to the workshop to check your car alignment. Get yourself a tire pressure gauge (preferably digital) to check on your tire pressure.

1. Check the car tire pressure settings usually somewhere on the driver's side door.
2. Get a tire pressure gauge
3. Set to your preferred unit of measurement
4. Turn on the tire pressure gauge and press the nozzle on the tire's valve tube.
5. If any of the tire is less than the desired, pump enough air into it
6. Once all done test drive the car and you will feel the difference before and after the air pressure balancing.

Note: I would recommend digital tire pressure gauge as oppose to the conventional analog model. This is because digital is highly accurate and fairly easy to read the results. Apart from that digital model also provide different units of measurement i.e. Kpa, PSI, Bar and which allows users to select any of the units they are familiar with. I've got my digital tire pressure gauge from Jaya Jusco only for RM35.

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