Arlington Heights(847) 797-1178
1804 W Northwest Hwy , Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Arlington Heights Auto Repair

Schaumburg(847) 301-9944
908 Morse Ave. , Schaumburg, IL 60193

Schaumburg Auto Repair

Tire Pressure in Falling Temperatures

Fall is here and falling temperatures are on the way.  

As Fall progresses towards winter, the temperatures will be dropping. As this happens, the pressure in your tires will fall as well.  For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tires will lose 1-2 psi (pound per square inch).  This means if the temperature falls from 70 degrees to 20 degrees, your tires will lose 5 to 10psi.

If your tires lose 10psi, your car's tire pressure monitor light will come on (if equipped) and your tires may look visibly low.  If you are filling your tires up, take note of all the starting pressures.  If one tire is much lower than the others, you may have a leak.  If they are all about the same, fill them back to operating psi.

I know, your next question is, "What is the operating psi of my tires?"  To find the operating psi of your tires, open the driver door and look for a placard in the door panel.  It will have the tire size on it and the proper tire pressure below the size.  Generally speaking,  operating tire pressures are between 28 - 36psi on most cars. 

As always, if you do not want to hassle with filling the tires up yourself, both of our locations will do it for you for free.  Happy Motoring!


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