important to remember that the proper inflation pressure is not that which is
stamped on the tyre. That is only the tyre manufacturer’s maximum pressure and by filling
your tyres you can create several problems for yourself, as you’ll soon see.
tyres wear much more quickly than properly inflated tyres, especially on the
shoulder area. There’s simply not enough air pressure to hold the tread flat
against the road. The greatest risk of an underinflated tyre is that the tyre
could overheat, which causes the inner structure of the tyre to disintegrate
due to excessive flexing and can lead to blow out suddenly and unexpectedly, at
any speed or condition.
misconception that continues that better fuel economy is achieved at a
passenger tyre’s maximum inflation pressure marked on the sidewall or even
higher. While this does lower the rolling resistance whatever same gain you
achieve in fuel economy is quickly offset by increased wear and potential
safety risks. For example it will increase center tread wear, but more
importantly, it will reduce the car’s stopping distance in wet weather. This is
because you’re driving on only the very center of the tread. If the tyre is
excessively inflated, it could cause a catastrophic failure as the tyre heats
up in use on long motorway excursion on a hot day.
overinflation and underinflation will cause premature tyre wear, if you drive
under either of those conditions you’ll have to replace your tyres more
frequently, which can be a costly expense. Maintaining the correct air pressure
and rotating tyres based on the schedule recommended by Citroën are the best
ways to extend the life of your tyres.
inflated tyres reduce fuel consumption. While not likely to be significant on a
tank-by-tank basis with the over 30 million of cars on the road in the UK we
could reduce our reliance on imported oil by millions gallons of petrol every
year. Reduced fuel consumption means less Carbon Monoxide and other pollutants
in our atmosphere as well.
Citroën, we inspect the condition and inflation pressure of every car that
passes through our service centre to make certain that your tyres are set to
Citroën’s factory recommendations. If we note underinflation, overinflation, or
any damage to a tyre, we will bring it to your attention.
have any questions about your tyres, are having trouble locating the
manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure sticker, have some concerns about
a wear pattern or an imbedded object in the tread, the tyre experts at Sportif Citroën are here to help.