Tire Pressure Basics for Pickup Trucks

Most truck owners understand the importance of keeping the correct tire pressure correct while using your truck. Measuring tire pressure should be something you perform regularly to ensure your truck is running optimally. Checking the pressure is really quite quick, easy and it is a skill that everyone should have.

Typically all it takes to check the pressure of your tires is to look for the recommended pressure levels of your tires on the metal portion of your driver’s side door. If you cannot find the pressure levels in this area, you can check the recommended level on the tire itself.

In cases when you cannot find the pressure level anywhere check the make and size of your tire online. All tire manufacturers provide a minimum and maximum number so that you can find the best pressure for your vehicle.

If your truck isn’t responding the way it normally does, or notice that the tire is going flat you should check the tire pressure right away. For people who use their trucks frequently, the tires should be checked once every two weeks to make sure the pressure is correct.

Incorrect tire pressure will not only affect your tires it will also affect the alignment, fuel consumption and reaction time. Tire pressure doesn’t just affect your truck it also affects your safety and the safety of the occupants of your vehicle.

Underinflated tires can cause serious problems that can put your truck off the road for a considerable amount of time. Extremely low-pressure tires are at risk of blowouts which can cause the truck to flip putting you and others on the road in danger. Driving on an under-inflated tire will cause an extreme amount of pressure on the side walls of the tire causing a bulge and increased internal heat.

This is the perfect storm for a dangerous blowout. If you’re not sure if you tire is under-inflated, check with a pressure gauge. If you don’t have a gauge, go into a service shop or check for wear on the outside of the surface of the tire. Outer surface tire wear is a telltale sign of under inflation.

Tire pressure is affected by several factors. The factors are both physical and natural. Physical issues like improper installation, nails, and potholes can reduce tire pressure. Pressure is also affected by natural factors like temperature.

The pressure can change 1 psi for every 10 degrees in temperature change. For trucks in Colorado, this means your tire pressure is changing greatly every hour of the day because the temperature can change 30+ degrees in one day. Time is also a factor when calculating tire pressure. Pressure can change about 1psi for every month of driving, so check regularly.

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