Does this Light Mean You Have a Flat Tire? Check Your Tire Pressure To Be Sure

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Autumn is on its way, and once there’s a nip in the air, we’ll be getting this call several times a day:

Customer (questioning): “Hey, there’s this little exclamation point light thingie on my dashboard…”

Service Tech: “Yes, that’s your tire pressure gauge.”

Customer (now worried): “Yeah, well, it’s on right now…wait, does that mean I have a flat tire?”

Service Tech: “Most likely not, it’s just the change in weather. If you do a quick check…”

Customer: “But why would a change in weather make my tires flat? I’d better bring it in just to make sure…”

Yes, we know it sounds strange, but it happens every year. The outside temperature affects your tire pressure, which signals the tire pressure light to go off, which signals you to worry that your tires are low or flat. But don’t worry! If your tire pressure indicator light goes on, you can do a quick check on your tire pressure to see if you actually need more air:

1) Tires should be checked after sitting for about 1 hour or so (so that they are at a cooler temperature.)

2) The correct pressure for your vehicle’s tires can be found on the chart located on the driver’s side doorjamb, or you can find this information in your vehicle owner’s manual.

3) Check the air pressure using a standard tire pressure gauge (no need to get fancy here, you can get one at Benny’s or Target.) If you’re not sure how to do this, check out these helpful instructions from the DMV. Make sure the psi is in the recommended range. If it’s not, add some air.

Herb Chambers Honda Seekonk Senior Service Adviser Tim Islip recommends that our Honda customers check tire air pressure each month. It is also not a bad idea to increase the tire pressure by about 2 lbs as colder weather approaches. If this problem is persistent after adjusting pressures, then there may be a nail in the tire, and it will need repair or replacement. If that’s the case, or if you have any other questions, give the service team at Herb Chambers Honda Seekonk a call! We’re always happy to help.


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