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As the seasons change and the weather cools in Texas, tire pressure is affected. It’s important to keep an eye out for the tire pressure light to come on because tires can dangerously decrease in pressure with a decrease in temperature. If you’re unsure of what the PSI should be, refer to the owner’s manual of your vehicle.
As of September 1, 2007, the tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) was made standard among all cars sold in the United States. The TPMS triggers a warning light when tire pressure falls below a recommended PSI. If this light comes on in your Arlington Honda Accord in the fall and your last tire pressure adjustment was in the summer, it’s most likely because of decrease in temperature, as PSI falls approximately one unit per 10 degrees of Fahrenheit. Likewise, if your pressure was adjusted during the day or just after coming off the road, there may be a fall in pressure overnight. Therefore, if your TPMS light is on in the morning, consider the cool weather before panicking. Because the tires may increase in temperature while riding on the hot roads in Dallas or sitting in the sun during the day, the light may turn off. However, the tire pressure should still be checked and adjusted.
It’s important to address the TPMS light because even though it may be a simple explanation and easy fix, it doesn’t make driving on under-inflated tires any less dangerous. Because the friction between the tires and the road is increased with under-inflation, the risk for a blown tire is also increased. Also, having a negative effect on gas mileage and a compromise in the integrity of the tires, poor handling becomes an issue. With the risk for blown tires and poor handling at hand, there is an obvious rise in the possibility for an accident. There’s no excuse to put yourself in that kind of danger–or your precious Texas Nissan Murano for that matter!
In order to avoid the triggered tire light, be sure to check your tire pressure monthly. It should be checked in the morning when the temperatures are cool and the car hasn’t been on the road, and it is during this time that it should be adjusted to the correct PSI as recommended by the owner’s manual. If you’re unsure of how to check or adjust your tires, bring your car to our Texas preowned car dealer service area and we’ll have a look at it for you. While you’re waiting, you can browse our inventory of quality TX used vehicles!