Does cold weather make my tire pressure warning light come on?
Cold weather has a variety of affects on vehicles. It is common for a variety of dashboard lights to come on during this time of year. The important thing to remember is that this is fairly common. It can, however, be confusing trying to figure out what each light means and how to fix the issue that is causing the light to come on. Today we’re going to look specifically at the tire pressure warning light and whether cold weather makes it come on more often.
Cold Temperatures Affect Your Tire Pressure
You walk out to your car early one winter morning after the temperature has dropped significantly overnight. You get in your car, turn the ignition and a pesky warning like comes on. It has a scary looking exclamation mark and you might wonder if it’s even safe to drive to work. Not how you wanted to start your morning. The good news is that this is most likely an easy fix, but you might have to take a detour to work today.
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Cold weather greatly affects your vehicle’s tire pressure. For every few degrees that the temperature drops, you tire will lose air weight. You can check your air pressure yourself by using a tire gauge and the appropriate tire pressures that can be found in your vehicle’s door jam. If you don’t have a tire gauge, you can simply take your vehicle to the nearest garage, like Wheaton Toyota on the Trail. They will be able to help determine which tires are low and even add air to them to keep you driving safely. Once your vehicle tires have the appropriate air pressure, the warning should go off.
Should I stop driving if my tire pressure light is on?
The tire pressure warning light is telling you at one or more of your tires is low on air. When it gets low enough, you are at a high risk for a blowout. If you are already on the road, you probably don’t need to pull over and call a tow truck, but we do suggest driving to the closest fuel station or automotive garage, like Wheaton Toyota on the Trail. The sooner you take care of the issue, the better.
If you have any kind of issues with your vehicle this winter, call the Wheaton Toyota on the Trail service department. We will be able to help determine what is wrong with your vehicle and help you get it fixed. Whether you simply need air in your tires or something more serious, we are always just a call away. Schedule an appointment today!