One of the most overlooked maintenance items is keeping an eye on your vehicle’s tire pressure. Here is the best way to keep your tires properly inflated on your Toyota vehicle.
Underinflated tires can cause a variety of maintenance issues and also drain your wallet. Tires that are low on air are susceptible to wearing irregularly, blowouts and underperforming during normal driving conditions. Also, having less air pressure than Toyota recommends can cause your vehicle’s mile per gallon to drop.
What can you do? Check your tire pressure regularly. Here’s how:
- Buy a tire gauge and keep it in your vehicle – a digital one is quite handy.
- Look for a sticker on your vehicle listing the proper air inflation level. Normally this is on the driver side doorjamb or in the owner’s manual.
- Check your tire pressure when the tires are cold. When tires are hot or heat up as they are driven, it can cause you to get an inaccurate reading.
When checking your tire pressure:
- Insert the tire gauge on the valve stem and listen for slight hiss sound when applying and removing. Only hold the tire pressure gauge on for 1-2 seconds, any longer will let air out unnecessarily.
- Compare the tire pressure reading to what is recommended and add air accordingly either at a gas station or at home with a portable air compressor.
A note on less air pressure. It is estimated that for every 3 psi below what is recommended, it can cause a loss of 1 percent of fuel use and add 10 percent more to tire wear.
Most car experts recommend checking your air pressure once a month. It is a pretty easy thing to do to keep your vehicle operating at its best.