What PSI Should My Car Tyre Pressure Be?

What PSI Should My Car Tyre Pressure Be?

Most people know that it is important to regularly check their oil and service their car, but did you know it’s also important to regularly check your tyre pressures? A deflated or overinflated tyre can easily lead to a crash, damage vital components of your car and cost you money.

Why Does Tyre Pressure Matter?

As you drive, air slowly escapes from your tyres through the rubber. This causes your tyres to deflate over time. Low tyre pressure can cause loss of grip, poor handling and increased tyre wear. It can also damage components of your vehicle such as the wheels, suspension and more.

On the flip side, too much pressure and the tyres are unable to flex and bend as they are designed. This can cause issues when driving up hills and the “ride” to become bumpy and uncomfortable. Over inflated tyres is one of the leading causes of premature tyre wear. Over inflated tyres will prematurely wear the centre of the tyre, whilst under inflated tyres will wear the outer edges and side walls of the tyre

Keeping your tyres at the correct pressure helps to reduce premature wear and extend the life of your tyres. This means you won’t have to replace your tyres often, saving you unnecessary and easily avoidable expenses.

What PSI Should My Car Tyre Pressure Be?

Most car manufacturers will place a sticker on your car with recommended tyre pressures. This could be found in the boot, door jam or the fuel door. Alternatively, it can also be found inside the car’s manual. Tyre pressure is commonly measured by two different metrics, those being Pascals (Pa) and Pounds per Square Inch (PSI). The most common tyre pressure for commuting and road driving is between 30 and 35 PSI.

How do I check/change my tyre pressure?

The easiest way to check your tyre pressure is by using the free tyre pressure station available at most service stations. You attach a compressor to your tyre valve and adjust the pressure accordingly. Checking your tyres is a very easy procedure that should be completed once every fortnight, or at the very least once a month. If you’re about to go on a long trip, it’s prudent to check your pressures before and after.

If you are unsure about tyre pressures, need to replace your current tyres or have any questions, give the team at Australian Mechanical a call on 07 3356 1538 or book online using our easy quote and booking form.

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