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Hot weather causes tire pressure problems

Kirsten Glavin
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 6:30pm

During the summer months, the hot temperatures are notorious for increasing tire pressure. That is why all drivers are told to change their pressure throughout each season. But for those not on point with tire regulations, they can be at a higher risk for popped tires.

"It's going to increase tire failure, tires blowing out, you see more people... I think you see more people stranded in the summer days than the winter time," said Roman Torres, a Sales Consultant at Jack O'Diamonds.

Many new cars come with monitors that regulate tire pressure. Some of the older cars, however, do not. These need to be watched closely.

"All of our new cars now come with tire pressure monitoring systems, but if you drive an older car, you may want to check your tire pressure every now and then. Every fill up, maybe every other fill up, just to make sure it is where it needs to be," he added.

The heat from the road can also be a factor in raising tire temperatures.

According to Cory Hilton, a Parts and Service Director at Jack O'Diamond, "The heat and the road... the road gets 150 degrees. on the long trips especially."

Especially if you run over any debris or holes in the road.

"It could cause danger, maybe even a blow out even," he said.

Road gators, as they're commonly called, are tire pieces left on the road. They're a common result of blowouts. To avoid this, simply follow the pressure limits posted on your car.

"If you have a little tire pressure, if its too high or its too low, or you just want to check, this is if you don't have a tire pressure monitoring system, or even if you do, this is your guideline right here, this is what you want to go by," Torres said.   

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