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. This will ensure that the health of your tires remains strong for as long as possible, and it will help to avoid triggering the warning tire pressure light. Luckily, Porsche makes it easy to learn how to check your tire pressure with the advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System equipped. Your Porsche tire pressure is monitored by tire pressure sensors, so you can travel from Saratoga to Alameda with peace of mind. Below, 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 range of innovative safety features, including 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 as you traverse the Oakland streets. However, you’ll still want to periodically check for the “Check Tire Pressure” light on your center console. If the tires are underinflated, your Tire Pressure Monitoring System will offer visual and audible warnings to check your Porsche tire pressure. If this happens to you, pull over when it’s safe, and inspect your tires.

What Should My Tire Pressure Be?

Have you been asking yourself, “What should my tire pressure be, anyway?” Go to the “Fill Info” option on the display. This section will give you accurate and updated tire pressure via the information pulled from your tire pressure sensors. If you’re confused by the readings on your display, these tips will guide you:

  • 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.

How to Inflate Tires

If you’ve discovered that your tire pressure is too low while you’re out and about in Fremont, there’s no need to fret! Adding air to your tires is a relatively simple task that can be handled at nearly any corner gas station in San Leandro. Even if you’ve never added air to your tires, you can learn how in no time at all. Follow the steps below to learn how to inflate your tires:

  • Pull up to an air dispenser at your nearest gas station, be sure to park close enough so that you can reach your tires with the hose.
  • Remove the valve stem cap from your tire, place it somewhere safe.
  • Use the gauge on the hose to check your tire pressure.
  • If you’re low on air, slowly add some more until you’ve reached the proper volume. Repeat for the three remaining tires. Replace the valve stem caps. 

If you added too much air or you needed to remove air to begin with, this process is simple as well. All you need to do is press down on the pin inside the tire valve with the back of the air hose nozzle. When done correctly, you will hear the air release from the tire. You can let out a bit of air, and re-check the pressure. You can adjust up and down until you’ve reached the correct volume. If you prefer to let a pro handle this task, you can book an appointment with us to have your tires inspected. 

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, other factors can cause tire pressure to vary even more, including:

  • Weather: Cold weather can cause tires to lose even more pressure, while the hot weather we experience here in the Santa Clara area can cause tire pressure to increase.
  • Punctures: Slow leaks can result in a loss of tire pressure over time as you commute from Milpitas to San Jose.
  • 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. In order to maintain the fuel economy and driving dynamics you expect from your luxurious Porsche, your tires need to be at the proper air pressure. Our team is here to ensure you have the knowledge and resources needed to keep your tires in pristine condition.

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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