Importance of Tire Inflation
Keeping proper tire pressure is essential to prolonging the life of your tires and helps you stay safe while on the road! Keep control of your vehicle while simultaneously improving your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Using a VIAIR Tire Inflation Kit, confirm your tires are inflated to their proper PSI confidently.
Proper Inflation & Fuel Economy
- Check the air pressure in tires at least once a month
- Check and adjust your air pressure when your tires are cold, first thing in the morning before driving
- Never release air pressure from tires when they are hot
- When tires are cool, recheck and add air or release as required
Rotation & Wear
- Rotate your tires at least every 5,000 miles (8,046 km)
- Periodically inspect your tires to make sure they are free of road hazards
- Check for common irregular wear patterns like: misalignment wear, where the tire shows excessive outer or inner tread wear.
- Tire sidewalls should be inspected for cuts, snags, bruises, and weather cracking.
- Replace your tires when the tread wears down to the wear bars (2/32”)
- If only two tires are being replaced, the new tires should always be installed on the rear of the vehicle to aid in preventing your vehicle from hydroplaning, even if your car is front wheel drive.
- Balance new tires during installation, and have alignment checked if the previous tires show irregular wear.
- Tires that have been in use for 5 years or more should continue to be inspected by a qualified tire specialist, at least annually.
- Any tires 10 years old or older from the date of manufacture, including spare tires, should be replaced with new tires
- In the event that you get a flat tire while driving, it is best to find a nearby, safe place to stop and install your spare tire or call a tow truck.
- The less distance that you drive on your low or flat tire, the better chances your tire has of being repairable.
- Once you are able to get to your local servicing tire dealer, have them dismount the tire from the rim and thoroughly inspect the inside of the tire.
- If the interior of the tire, inside and/or outside sidewall are compromised from driving on the flat or underinflated tire for too long, the tire should be replaced.
- If the tire is deemed repairable after inspection, it should be repaired with a plug and patch or plug/patch combination to correctly repair the tire.
- Never use a rope type plug, as this does not correctly seal the tire, and may lead to tire failure.
Dangers of Improper Inflation
Under/over inflated tires can increase uneven wear, which can cause significant tire damage and lead to tire failure or serious injury. Overinflating tires reduces the amount of rubber that meets the road, which causes an uncomfortable ride and uneven tread. Underinflated tires do not hold shape and are flatter to the ground. The tire touches more of the road creating a rolling resistance and a decrease in fuel economy.
Choosing the Right Tire Inflator
For more information on Load level safety, follow along with Falken Tire’s Standard Tire Specification Load (lbs) & Inflation (psi) chart here: http://www.falkentire.com/tires/care-safety-warranty