Don’t Ignore the Tire Pressure Light

Low tire pressure can cause dangerous driving conditions

When temperatures fluctuate drastically, it’s common for a car’s tire pressure to change, causing the monitoring light to activate. However, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the notification.

A spokesman for the Rubber Manufacturers Association explained “that yellow Tire Pressure Monitoring System light isn’t a friendly warning to put a little air in the tires – it’s an emergency warning that a tire has lost at least a quarter of its pressure.”

Driving on tires with low pressure can cause serious damage to the tires and your car. Low tire pressure will cause your car not to be able to handle steering and braking properly and can lead to blowouts, flat tires and premature wear.

On the flip side, tire pressure that is too high causes traction and gripping issues and a more bouncy ride.

What is the Correct Tire Pressure for Your Car?

Check your owners guide to find out what the recommended tire pressure is for your specific car. This information is also sometimes found on the inside of the driver’s door.

Do not necessarily follow what is listed on the actual tire. That number is usually the maximum pressure that the tire can handle and not what is ideal for your vehicle.

It’s a good idea to inspect your tires on a regular basis. Also, keep in mind to check all four of your tires. Just because one or two are at an acceptable pressure, does not mean the remaining tires are not experiencing issues.

What To Do When Tires Keep Losing Pressure

If a tire continues to lose pressure after checking and adding air, there is probably a leak or other defect in the tire. Do not panic. Replacing one (or two, three or a whole set), does not have to drain your bank account.

Instead of a new tire, and replacing two or all four, consider buying a high-quality used tire from a reputable place such as Champtires. Champtires has more than 30,000 used tires for sale at any given moment—in nearly every size, brand and tread depth imaginable. And every tire that enters Champtires’ warehouse is inspected and tested.

Simply determine what size your tire is and what its counterpart’s tread level is at, and search Champtires website for a replacement tire.

Champtires offers free shipping to the continental U.S. and a 14-day satisfaction guarantee. There are also three Pittsburgh-area stores that offer installation and other services:


1319 Washington Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Sunday: Closed
(412) 361-1696

Services Available: Tire sales; tire installation; wheel alignment; and brake and suspension services

West Mifflin 

1130 Lebanon Rd
West Mifflin, PA 15122

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Sunday: Closed
(412) 462-3000

Services Available: Tire sales; tire installation; wheel alignment; and brake and suspension services

North Huntington / Irwin

15091 Rte. 30
North Huntington, PA 15642

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Sunday: Closed
(412) 646-1999

Services Available: Tires sales; tire installation; brake and suspension services

Questions? Send us an email.

More Resources:

How To Find Tire Size and Determine Tire Tread Depth

Flat Tire? Don’t Stress.

Why Buy Used Tires?

The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires.

Flat Tire? Don’t Stress.

Flat Tire? Don't Stress.

Having a flat or damaged tire is never going to be fun or happen at an ideal time. But Champtires can help alleviate some of the financial stress by saving you up to 80 percent on a replacement tire.

With more than 30,000 premium used tires in stock, Champtires can simply match the tread depth — and even the brand — to your remaining tires.

Save 19% off a tire purchase with this coupon. Valid through Jan 31, 2019.
It’s important to note that if you’re replacing one tire, its tread level should match its counterpart. So front tire tread depths should match and back tire tread depths should be the same. Front and back tires should always be within 2/32 of each other.


If someone tells you that you can’t only replace one tire (or two) and insists that you need to buy two (or a whole set), be sure to question them as to exactly why…tread depths matching is what matters.

Champtires in the Pittsburgh-area:

Note: If your car is not drivable, simply contact us to arrange having it towed to one of our stores.

For Drivers Across the United States:

Tip: Have your tire(s) shipped to your home or auto body shop.

Why Trust Champtires?

Since 2009, Champtires has specialized in selling new and high-quality used tires to drivers across the U.S. Every tire that enters our warehouse is inspected and tested, and we offer a 14-day satisfaction guarantee.

Related Information:

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The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires

Why Buy Used Tires?

Tire Safety in the Rain

Reduce your risk of hydroplaning and make sure your car’s tires are not worn or bald.


Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow, especially in dangerous weather conditions like rain and wet roads.

When tires are worn—or even bald—their grooves are no longer able to adequately obtain traction. This causes hydroplaning, or the loss of steering, braking and power control.

And hydroplaning can occur even on damp roads, so it is important to be aware of your tires tread levels. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends checking tire tread levels monthly. Learn how to quickly inspect your tires.

If your tire tread depths are low, don’t let the high cost of new tires prevent you from replacing them. Champtires sells premium used tires at the lowest prices. With more than 30,000 tires in stock, Champtires can get you the size, brand and tread depth you need—all while saving you up to 80% off the cost of new tires.

Shop online— where shipping is always free to the continental U.S. — or shop in person at our three Pittsburgh-area locations, where we also install tires and offer other services:

Pittsburgh: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West Mifflin: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122

North Huntington / Irwin: 15091 State Route 30, North Huntington, PA 15642

Learn more about the dangers of driving with worn tires.

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Why Buy Used Tires?

State Inspections and Your Tires


State Vehicle Safety Inspections—And Your Car’s Tires


In the United States, 20 states require some type of regular vehicle safety inspections.

Make sure that your tires will not prevent your car from passing state inspection. You can buy tires at the exact tread level you need from Champtires. Champtires specializes in high-quality used tires at the lowest prices. Have the tires shipped for free directly to your house or tire shop or stop in at one of the three Pittsburgh-area locations.

States With Vehicle Safety Inspections



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New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina


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West Virginia

Why Buy Used Tires?

If you’re in the market for tires, considering used tires is a good choice if you’re looking to save money. However, not all used tire stores are created equally, so make sure that you purchase used tires from a reputable seller, such as Champtires.

Even if you just need to replace one tire, the cost of rubber has increased dramatically recently and has caused the price of brand new tires to skyrocket. High-quality used tires are a much more affordable option.

Used tires are also an environmentally friendly choice – you will be using a premium, recycled product.

Browse Champtires’ inventory.

In PA: Tire Tread Levels and State Car Inspections.

Learn more about state vehicle safety inspections.

What does hot weather mean for your tires?

daytonaEven if you’re not planning to drive your car on the beach this summer, hot weather presents a few unique challenges to tire quality and safety.

Long road trips, higher temperatures, hauling heavy loads and driving faster all put additional stress on your tires. Here are a few summer tire safety tips:

  • You should check your tires regularly for wear and tear, but if you’re planning any driving vacations or weekend trips away, it’s imperative to inspect your tires before you leave. Finding any potential problems before you head out will increase your safety and could save you a lot of money in the long run. For tips on how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.
  • Check your tire tread. Worn tread can cause a myriad of problems from unexpected blowouts to hydroplaning to your brakes not functioning properly. Click here to learn how to check your tire tread levels. If your tire tread levels are low, do not worry, Champtires can get you the tread levels you need in the brand name you trust – all at a very low cost.
  • Also check your tires’ sidewalls for any imperfections or bulges.
  • Find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle in your owner’s manual. Check the pressure often, preferably when the tires are cold. And, don’t forget to check your spare tire! Note that the tire pressure listed on your sidewalls is the maximum pressure and is not intended to serve as notification of the correct pressure.
  • Do not overload your car or truck. Your vehicle and tires are designed to only operate safely up to their hauling limits. Carrying too much weight creates excessive heat inside your tires, which can lead to tire failure and an accident.
  • If your tires are not inflating properly, are worn or have low tread level, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem. Champtires can help you get affordable, quality used tires with good treads – in any brand name or quantity that you need. Find out why buying used tires is a great option.

In the Pittsburgh area? Shop in person at our Pittsburgh location on Washington Blvd or in West Mifflin. We offer installation options as well.

If you’re outside of Pittsburgh, visit for the lowest prices on used tires on the Internet – plus we offer free shipping!

Questions? Call 412-462-3000 or email

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Cold Weather And Your Tires

coldweathertireDriving safely in cold temperatures and winter weather conditions has a lot to do with your tires.

Having the correct tire pressure is essential for proper handling. A temperature change of just 10 degrees can cause a ten percent reduction, or constriction, of air in tires. So tire pressure can be affected from day to night temperature – not to mention when the Polar Vortex hits!

Check the optimal tire pressure of your vehicle on the label inside the driver’s door frame or in the owner’s manual.

Worn tires—especially bald ones—can be deadly on wet or snow-covered roads, where the grooves aren’t deep enough to channel water or snow out from beneath the tread and affects control of the steering wheel. Wet-weather braking and snow traction also decrease as tires wear. has said about tire tread levels that, “Unfortunately, 2/32 of an inch may be too late if you drive in rain or snow. Based on our tests of new and half-tread-depth tires, you may want to consider shopping for new ones on your car or truck closer to the 4/32-inch groove depth.”

For information on how to quickly check tread levels, click here.

If your tires aren’t keeping pressure or have low tread, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem. Champtires can help you get affordable, high-quality used tires with good tread levels – in any brand name or quantity that you need. Champtires also sells new tires at the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere!

Champtires has two Pittsburgh locations!

Pittsburgh Store: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West Mifflin Store: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122

Not in Pittsburgh?

Don’t worry – we offer FREE, fast shipping! Call 412-462-3000 or visit


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