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Maintaining tire pressure during the winter

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Maintaining your car is important all year round, especially in the winter. During regular checkups, there is one thing many people over look, tire pressure. YNN's Carmella Mataloni shows us how to keep our car on the road.

WATERTOWN, N.Y.--Tires come in all different varieties. One thing that's constant in all of them is their need for correct air pressure.

"The air pressure holds the vehicle up. That's what carries the load is the pressure, and the tire carries the air," said Thomas Cheney, Cheney Tires Inc. President.

Knowing where your tire levels are is very important. When temperatures drop, tires can lose air, which can cause problems if you hit a flaw in the road.

"If a tire is a little bit on the low side, it's more prone to have damage done to it if you hit a pot hole. So consequently, it's very important to maintain proper air pressure in your tire especially during the winter," said Cheney.

While you can have the pressure checked during a service, you can also do it yourself by using an air pressure gauge. Something Philadelphia resident Steven Priestly says is a handy tool.

"You don't want to over pressure your tire. You can cause damage with that and you don't want to under pressure. So it gives you a basic idea of what's going on with your tires,” said Steven Priestly of Philadelphia.

If you can’t figure out how much air your tire needs, you can find that inside the cars door jam on the indicator chart.

"Checking the pressure on your own tires is fairly simple. All you have to do is remove the plastic cap, place the gauge and wait for the meter to read. Once you’re finished the number on the meter should match the number on the label inside your car."

"For the most part most average vehicle takes 35 lbs per square inch of air," said Cheney.

This light on your dash also means it’s time to fill up. Otherwise, mechanics say you should check your tires every month.

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