Auto Repair Mint Hill, the benefits of proper tire pressure.

Auto Repair Mint Hill, the benefits of proper tire pressure.  Making sure your tires have the proper tire pressure is free, easy and saves you money in the long run.

Replacing your tires can be a huge expense so it makes sense to take the necessary steps to make your tires last as long as possible and improve your fuel economy to boot.  First of all you need to know what your tire pressure should be.  Tire pressure can vary depending on the car and the tire.  Your owners manual should tell you the proper inflation number however, that information can also be found on the inside of the driver’s door, the glove box or inside your gas flap.   Once you are armed with this information all you need is a good tire pressure gauge to check your tires.  Ideally you should check your tire’s pressure when the tires are cold, either in the AM or after it has been sitting for a while.

Some reasons your tires may be under inflated could be they where not properly filled to begin with, you may have a slow leak in your tire or leaky valve stems and you they do lose air on their own with use.  When tires are under inflated  it lowers fuel efficiency and cause tires to wear improperly.  Under inflated tires can also overheat and cause a blowout.  This is the main reason that newer cars are equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor device.  This sensor will come on if you tires loose air below a certain pressure and is one light on your dash that you should not ignore.  Over inflating tires can cause problems as well.  Tires that are over inflated tend to wear in the center and can overheat as well.

Rotate and balance your tires regularly.  Most manufacturers recommend between 5,000 and 10,000 miles.  Your owner’s manual is a good reference if you are not sure or you can always check wit h the shop.  Our shop routinely rotates tires and checks tire pressure whenever we perform an oil change which for most people is every 5,000 miles.  A tire balance check can be performed or a nominal fee as well.

Performing routine car maintenance is meant to prolong the life of your vehicle and hopefully avoid major problems that can leave you stuck on the side of the road.  Setting up a schedule with a reputable auto repair facility can take the headache out of remembering when to do what and keep you on track.  If you have concerns about  preventative maintenance, don’t hesitate to stop by and have Ken take a look at it.
If you are looking for top quality auto repair in Mint Hill or South Charlotte area, please stop by Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill or give us a call at 704-545-4597.

Ken Manchester