Car maintenance is often complicated and stressful for many drivers. It doesn’t help that most car maintenance comes with a price tag. Remembering appointments, paying for expensive repairs and ongoing services, and constantly dealing with dishonest automotive shops is enough to make drivers want to forget all about car maintenance. However, it’s in you and your car’s best interest to make an effort to do at least the bare minimum.
There are many benefits of ongoing care and maintenance. One of the simplest and easiest maintenance procedures is just filling your tires with the proper air pressure. Your correct tire pressure level can be found in your owner’s manual, or inside your driver’s side door. Depending on the type of car you drive, the tire pressure level will vary. Furthermore, if you don’t have stock wheels or tires, you may need to re-assess the proper pressure level by consulting with professionals. Although it might seem too good to be true, here are some of the great benefits of this simple maintenance procedure:
Each and every vehicle is designed with performance in mind—even if the car is a clunky family transport. There are many aspects of vehicle performance, including suspension and engine performance—and, believe it or not, your tire pressure influences all areas of functioning. As the sole connection from the chassis to the ground, your tires can greatly impact your car’s overall performance. Keeping your tires inflated to the proper level at all times is one way to ensure proper grip, traction, turn-ability, often associated with high-end performance vehicles. If your tires simply aren’t kept at the right pressure level, all of that becomes compromised.
Many drivers are shocked to find out that their tire pressure level can directly impact their fuel economy. If your car has recently suffered a gradual decrease in gas mileage, the source of the problem could simply be inadequate tire pressure—which is easily fixed. Tire pressure affects gas mileage because when the pressure is lessened in your tires the surface area that touches the ground is increased, creating more friction for your car to compensate for—often by burning more gas.
While it might be upsetting to notice a decrease in fuel efficiency due to tire pressure, one of the most concerning side effects is the increased chance of experiencing a blowout or a flat tire at high speeds. When tire pressure is kept at the optimal level it makes it so that your tires are evenly worn in a predictable wear pattern. When tire pressure is too low or too high it drastically increases the probability of an accident occurring because your tires are basically unstable and unpredictable. Just by inflating your tires to the right level you can significantly increase your safety—especially during adverse weather conditions.
Tire health is one of the most basic, and critical, aspects of vehicle maintenance. A driver’s dedication to keeping their tires in good condition can greatly impact how frequently they encounter other performance-related issues that often lead to costly repair work. The more often you inspect and maintain your tires, the less likely you are to have to replace them. Furthermore, frequent tire inspections can keep your automotive specialist aware of uneven wear patterns which could point to other problems, such as suspension parts malfunctioning. In other words, your tires can act as a predictor of more serious problems that can lead to prevention and ultimately saving cash.
Serving the areas of Gardena, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Glendale, and Anaheim, CA, Pro Car Mechanics has helped a vast number of clients maintain their European imports. Whether you drive a BMW, MINI, Land Rover, Audi, or Mercedes, the experts at Pro Car Mechanics have specialized knowledge in your specific car. Although, some of the most valuable automotive knowledge is the most basic kind; tire pressure maintenance might seem simple, but it’s a huge step toward taking care of your car as a whole. Our philosophy and approach to the automotive business is to take care of our clients’ vehicles as we would our own family’s. If you need help with tire maintenance or would like to learn more about the other low-cost maintenance services we offer, we are here to help. Contact us directly to schedule an appointment or to speak to a professional.