How to Check Tire Pressure on Your Porsche

October 11th, 2018 by

Porsche service adviser and customer examining tires

Have you wondered when to check tire pressure or how often? According to experts, you should check your tire pressure every month or so to keep your tires in top condition for as long as possible and avoid triggering the warning tire pressure light. Porsche makes inspecting your vehicle’s tire pressure easy with their Tire Pressure Monitoring System equipped with tire pressure sensors. Here, the Porsche Fremont Tire Center shows you how to check tire pressure before your next road trip with this helpful feature!

The Porsche Tire Pressure Sensors

Your Porsche comes equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Using these tire pressure sensors and your tire pressure light, you can easily keep track of your vehicle’s tire pressure. Periodically, check for the “Check Tire Pressure” light on your center console. If the tires are underinflated, your TPMS will warn you visually and audibly that your pressure is too low. If this happens to you, pull over and check your tires.

What Should My Tire Pressure Be?

Asking yourself, “What should my tire pressure be, anyway?” Go to the “Fill Info” option on the display. This section will tell you the accurate and updated tire pressure via the information pulled from your tire pressure sensors.

  • The tire is adequately inflated if the “Fill Indicator” displays “0.”
  • If a negative number is displayed, that means that you have low tire pressure.
  • Positive numbers mean that the tire is overinflated.

If you don’t want to rely on the tire pressure light and sensors completely, you can also check the recommended tire pressure in your owner’s manual.

What Can Cause Low Tire Pressure?

Tire pressure loss happens naturally over time, with most tires losing about one to three pounds of pressure a month. Still, there are other factors that can cause tire pressure to vary even more, including:

  • Weather: Cold weather can cause tires to lose even more pressure, while hot weather can cause the tire pressure to increase.
  • Punctures: Slow leaks can result in a loss of tire pressure over time.
  • Leaking Valve Stems & Cores: Tires can lose pressure with the overtightening of valve stems.
  • Impact Loss: Bumping curbs or running over large objects can also contribute to tire pressure loss.

What Happens When Your Drive With Low Tire Pressure?

Your tires require proper inflation to maintain the correct amount of contact and grip with the road. Overinflated tires can cause excess wear in the center of your tire, while underinflated tires can cause excessive wear at the edges. In both cases, you sacrifice traction and grip, which dampens the iconic Porsche performance and can be a safety issue when it comes to stopping.

Check Tire Pressure Loss at Porsche Fremont!

If your tire pressure light is illuminated, Porsche Fremont can help. We can inflate your tires for you and check to make sure you don’t have a leak or other tire issues. Our certified technicians also provide many other tire services to help keep your Porsche model in top condition, including tire balance, alignment, and replacement. To make an appointment, schedule a tire consultation at our tire center!

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