Fuel Saving Ideas, Tire Pressure and Mpg from eSynthetics.com will help you get more miles per gallon and more money in your pocket guaranteed.
Here is today’s topic Tire Pressure & MPG, who would have thought the air in our vehicles tires could have an effect on our miles per gallon?
TIRE PRESSURE & MPG
Do you remember the political discourse a few campaigning cycles ago where a our then campaigning President Obama said:
“There are things you can do individually … to save energy, making sure your tires are properly inflated, … saving all the oil they are talking about drilling… if everybody was just inflating their tires …getting regular tune-ups …we could actually save just as much.”
Well, so goes the bloviation’s of campaigning politicians…showing us just how smart they are…
Now I am not trying to start any partisan bickering, but…major-ly lowering nationwide demand of oil by inflating our tires??? Enough to offset new drilling???
Well I’ll let the experts decide…but as for me, properly inflated tires will give you better fuel mileage, will make you safer, will give you a nicer, more comfortable driving experience and save you money.
You should consider checking your tire pressure on a periodic schedule, (my suggestion on a monthly basis, unless needed sooner.)
HOW TO CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE
Note: Your service stations will usually check you air for free, if you frequent them with your service. You can pop by and ask you mechanic to please “check my tire pressure”, I have never seen one that minded. I they do mind, it’s time to find another mechanic.
Checking your tires pressure is very easy, and can be done by anyone who can follow a few simple instructions. But if you are uncomfortable with attempting this, ask another driver, or a young person to help you. It takes all of about 5 minutes, and will pay off handsomely in you wallet!
- Purchase an inexpensive air pressure gauge, they can be found in every auto parts store, and in most convenience and general stores, inc Target and Walmart, you can expect to pay between $1.00 and $15.00 + depending on the type and style you choose.
- My suggestion is to not buy the super cheap ones…they tend to be unreliable, especially as they age. I purchased a $5.00 traditional gauge, that I have had for the last 10 years. NOTE: I personally recommend you keep one in your glove box, you never know when you will need to use it.
- Grab a rag or two, your hands will get a little bit dirty, due to break dust, road grime, etc. Paper towels work fine also. Note if you hands do get dirty you can wash with any soap to get them clean.
- Remove the cap from the inflation nozzle on each of the tires. I usually do one tire at a time, this seems to make the most sense to me. I remove cap, check air, top off with new air if needed, then install cap. On to the next tire.
- Use the gauge to check the pressure of the tire. (see video as to how to do)
- What pressure should I use to fill up my tires? As a general rule…I have always used 32-35 lbs of pressure in my vehicles tires, but to let you know, if you look at the small writing on the tire, you will see something like 32 psi, or fill tires to 35 psi. This is the recommended pressure from the manufacturer. I would go with the the manufacturers recommendation.
- Inflate Tire. If your gauge says your tires are low, and need air, find a air filling pump, they can be found at most gas stations or convenience stores .
- These pumps will have a long hose, to reach around you vehicle so it can reach all tires, and a nozzle, similar to your air pressure gauge.
- Locate the tires nozzle, you may have to move the car a few feet if you cannot gain access to the tire nozzle.
- Place the air pump’s nozzle, called a “chuck” on the same “tire” nozzle that you checked the air on, with your gauge.
- Fill the tire to the desired psi
- Note some air pumps have nozzles with an air gauge on it, this is the easiest, and is what I recommend where ever possible.
- If the air pump nozzle does not have a gauge attached, then you will have to inflate the tire, then use your gauge again, and check the progress of the air…Adding more or removing as needed. You may have to repeat a few times depending on your guesstimating skills.
- WHAT IF I INFLATED TOO MUCH ?- On the back of all gauges there is a little NUB that can be used to release air from the tire. Just put the NUB in contact with the little pin on the inside of the tires nozzle and you will hear the air running out. Note do not hold on there too long…air leaves the tire very quickly…use you gauge to verify proper psi.
- Replace the cap, and go to the next tire, repeat the process
Checking your air pressure is very easy, almost free, once you purchase the gauge. It takes very little time, but will pay great dividends in the fuel savings. Make sure to do it periodically so as to get the best mileage possible.
Another advantage of properly inflated tires, is that the tires will not wear down as fast…thereby saving you money on replacing tires prematurely .
Have fun and enjoy the ride, and the mpg savings,with properly inflated tires.
Neil A. Stagner, Jr. The Amsoil Guy
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