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Tire Pressure: Things You Need To Know

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Why Proper Inflation is Important

“the right air pressure maximises the life of your tires.”

Why Proper Inflation Is Important

As we prepare for the Yuletide season, we will be discussing on things you should know and do before embarking on a road trip with your vehicle.
 
In this issue, we will be discussing on Tyre pressure as this is among the major cause of tyre blowout on the highways. Driving on severely under-inflated (low pressure) tires, or those overinflated (too much pressure) well past their maximum inflation pressure, can cause a blowout while you are driving, resulting in loss of vehicle control.

Also note that tyre pressure rises with temperature so over inflating your tyres before embarking on a long trip makes the tyre expand so much that any sharp pothole can shred it to pieces.

 

Where Do You Find the Proper Tire Pressure?

Every new vehicle will have a placard located on the driver-side door jamb behind the seat. It lists the proper inflation pressure for each tire, including the spare tire if your car has one. The numbers on the doorpost are the recommendations from the vehicle’s manufacturer. Please insist your vulcaniser never exceeds 35psi.

If your car does not have a placard, the correct tire pressure information may be found in your owner’s manual or from a dealer’s service department.

The numbers shown represent the correct tire pressure when measured first thing in the morning, when the tires are cold. As you drive, the tires warm up, and pressure will naturally rise a few psi (pounds per square inch).

Maintaining Your Tire Pressure

 
You should check your tire pressures at least once a month to ensure that they are where they should be.

While you are checking your tire pressure, it is also a great time to inspect your tires for wear and damage. Discovering problems during an inspection can save you from being stranded on the side of the road later.

Most new cars are fitted with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). Some will show the specific tire pressure at each wheel, while others will just give you a warning that one of your tires is low. Whatever you do, don’t ignore a TPMS warning, as it could mean that you have a tire going flat.

Should You have further questions, kindly send an email to support@mrparts.ng or call us on +2348100686696.


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