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Tire Pressure Explained

Most of us know we are familiar with the importance of keeping your tires properly inflated, but do you know your tires need to be correctly inflated at all times? Properly inflated tires are imperative to ensuring the longevity and safety of your vehicle, along with preventing costly repairs. 

If you are driving on underinflated or overinflated tires, you might find yourself dealing with a blowout and loss of control while driving. Properly inflated tires also help your fuel economy -- driving on an underinflated tire costs about 0.2 percent inefficiency. If your tire pressure is low by 10 pounds, you are giving up 2 percent of your entire fuel economy. Proper tire pressure makes a difference! 

How do you know what the proper tire pressure is? Each vehicle has a placard located on the driver-side door jamb behind the seat. This placard will list the proper tire inflation for each tire, along with letting you know if your vehicle has a spare tire. The vehicle’s manufacturer develops these numbers. However, if your car does not have one of these placards, the numbers will be located in your owner’s manual or from the dealer’s service department. 

It is essential to keep in mind that these numbers indicate the tire pressure when measured first thing in the morning before your tires have warmed up. When your tires are warmed up, the tire pressure number of measurements will naturally change. Tire pressure may sound complicated, but the team at the Auto Experts is here to let you know that it doesn’t have to be. We are here to help keep your tires at the proper pressure. 

We understand that this is a trying time. The team at the Auto Experts doesn’t want yu to have to worry about the safety and well-being of your vehicle, when you have enough on your plate. Schedule an appointment with The Auto Experts today and make sure to use one of our specials. Proudly serving downtown Sacramento, Midtown, and East Sacramento, you can find us at 505 30th Street. See you soon!

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