November 15th, 2021 by

How colder weather affects your tires

Monday, 15 November, 2021

With the temperatures dropping in Chicagoland, keeping an eye on various aspects of your car’s performance is incredibly important, but you may wonder how this colder weather can affect your vehicle’s tires. In our latest blog, we at Patrick MINI will outline some of the ways the colder temperatures will affect your tires.

If you notice your vehicles’ tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) going off more during the winter, it’s probably because air contracts when it’s cold. This causes the pressure within your car’s tires to drop between one to two PSI for every 10 degree drop in the temperature. These kinds of things are important to measure because as it gets colder, you could potentially see your TPMS light illuminate more and more.

Underinflated tires can lead to tire failure, this is due to added tire stress and irregular wear. We at Patrick MINI recommend checking your tire pressure more frequently during the fall and winter months. If you see your tire pressure dropping due to colder weather, it’s recommended to refill your tire’s air pressure to manufacturer’s recommendations.

However, it is important to note that you shouldn’t overinflate your tires just because temperatures are dropping. It is still important to fill your tire’s pressure to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Low tire pressure can also lead to increased stopping time and poor fuel economy as well. However, if you’re noticing that your vehicle’s tire pressure is still dropping, you could have other issues with the tire such as a slow leak, or other issues. For all your tire-related and service needs, give Patrick MINI a call at 847-230-8211 or click here to schedule an appointment.