How To Set Tire Pressure For Subaru Cars

Tire pressure is a must-check during your regular vehicle maintenance sessions. If the car’s tire pressure is too low, this can result in excessive tire wear and inefficient use of fuel. On the other hand, a tire pressure that is too high can result in poor braking and reduced traction. Despite this, tire pressure is one of the most overlooked aspects of regular vehicle maintenance. If you need to check or set the tire pressure of your Subaru car, read on for a detailed guide.

Checking Your Tire Pressure

The first step to determining if your tire pressure needs changing is to check it. If you suspect that something is off from your recent driving experiences, check your tire pressure immediately. It’s also wise to make a daily habit of checking your tire pressure in the morning before driving. At the end of the day, when your tires are heated up from driving, readings can be inaccurate. Tire pressure can be checked quickly and conveniently with a pressure gauge or in the case of a Subaru car, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Subaru Cars Come with A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Since 2008, the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has regulated that all new four-wheeled vehicles that weigh 100,000 lbs. or less have to be fitted with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). To this end, every Subaru car comes equipped with a TPMS, making it easy for you to tell when your tire pressure is abnormal, necessitating a change or rotation of tires.

You can change the measurement unit from kPa to Psi and vice versa, depending on your needs and preferences. To switch between the two, simply make use of the i/Set switch on the left of your steering wheel to navigate the menu on your display.

Navigating the TPMS

If you need to adjust tire pressure, always do so when the tires have had a chance to cool down. After adjustment, drive your car for at least 20 mph to kickstart the TPMS. The warning light that indicates a low tire pressure should go off automatically if your tire pressure is now normal. Keep in mind that if a wheel has been replaced but the original pressure sensor has not been transferred, the warning light will flash to indicate low tire pressure.

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