If you own a car, you must already know how proper tire inflation is important for the overall performance of your vehicle’s tire. Maintaining properly inflated tires at all times can provide you with several benefits, like:
- A smoother ride
- Better fuel efficiency
- Quicker steering response
- Longer life for your tires
Take note that both over inflation and under inflation can cause several issues like tire failure and premature tread wear. To ensure that you can get the best out of your tires, you have to check your tire pressure at least once a month.
How to check tire pressure?
You can check tire pressure by using a tire pressure gauge. To complete the checking process, you have to prepare an air compressor, pen and paper, and of course, a tire pressure gauge.
It doesn’t matter if your gauge is standard or digital. If you don’t own one, you can check the local auto parts shop because they definitely have both types. Moreover, most auto parts shop sells portable air compressors that can be powered on through your car’s battery. You can also use any 12v power port to run it.
If you want, you can use the air compressors at gas stations as an alternative. Don’t worry because it won’t cause you that much. Using their compressor can only cost you $0.50 to $1.00.
What are the steps in checking tire pressure?
If this is your first time to check tire pressure all by yourself, the guide below can help you.
- Start with cold tires
If it is possible, start the process with cold tires. The PSI or Pounds per Square Inch of your tire was specified by the manufacturer – assuming that the tires are cold.
You can consider the tires cold if your car has been parked for at least three hours or more. However, if you have already used your car, you should have traveled for not more than a mile at moderate speed.
- Check the recommended PSI
Try to look at your car’s door, specifically on the driver’s side, or check your manual. If you can’t find the recommended PSI, it is best to consult your car dealer or a professional near you.
- Take note of the PSI
It was mentioned earlier that you should prepare a pen and paper. It is because you need to write down the PSI so that you won’t forget it while checking your car.
- Use gauge to check tire pressure
Remove your tire’s valve cap and place the gauge on the stem. Make sure that you press it hard enough until you notice that the hissing sound has disappeared.
Write down the result of the tire pressure test and do the same steps on all your car’s tires.
- Fill until it reaches the recommended PSI
Refill the tires using an air compressor until it reaches the recommended PSI. Take note that different air compressors have varying instructions. It is best that you read the directions carefully.
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