Honda Tire pressure indicators and the importance of using a quality tire pressure gauge.
Have you ever heard of ‘replacing the Summer air with Winter air’ in your tires? It’s just a joke, but here’s what sparked the silliness.
Most late model Honda vehicles (as are most vehicles) are equiped with tire pressure sensors to alert you when one or more tires have low pressure. All 2008 and newer models sold in the US must have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Typically, tire pressures will drop as the season changes from Fall to Winter. As ambient air temps lower, so does the internal tire pressure. (Remember, warm air expands and cold air contracts.) This requires re-inflating the tires to proper levels, as indicated on the driver’s door jamb tire specification label.
Here, at Creech, we specialize in Honda Repair in Raleigh and we’ve recently ran into several instances where a customer has a TPMS light on. They’ve checked the pressure with a “cheap” tire pressure gauge and adjusted the pressure, only to make things worse. On some models, tire pressure that drops 4 or more P.S.I. will trigger the TPMS light to come on. Many cheap gauges are not graduated in increments to indicate accurately 4 psi, or are mis-calibrated by several psi. The bottom line: you get what you pay for when you purchase a ‘cheap’ pressure gauge. If your Honda is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, then you need to invest in a “quality” tire pressure gauge. We highly recommend a digital gauge. These models read in increments as low as one tenth (1/10th) of a pound. Now thats accuracy for you!