Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Keeping the recommended air pressure in your tires will provide you with safer driving and better fuel efficiency. Especially when gas prices are going up, in difficult weather conditions like rain, snow, or ice; tire pressure can make a difference when driving.

Checking the pressure is simple, everything you need is a good quality tire pressure gauge and a source of air to inflate the tire to proper pressure. You can choose between digital and standard tire gauge. Digital ones are usually very accurate and have the advantage of an easy to read backlit screen. The source of air can be air compressor at the gas station or you can get one for yourself, it can always come in handy. Do not rely on the gas station's air machine gauge, as it is usually beat and inaccurate, so have your own gauge to ensure proper PSI for your tires.

Be sure to check your tire pressure while the tires are cold. That means they should not have been driven on for at least three hours. If they are hot, add some excess pressure (5-10 PSI) to compensate for the increased pressure from the hot air inside. It will normalize when the tires cool down. Also be sure that your car is unloaded while doing the check. Weight in the car will give you inaccurate pressure value

First, find out the recommended pressure for your tires. It is usually displayed on the sticker on the driver's side door or in your car owner's manual. You shouldn't over inflate your tires as they wear out more quickly. Under inflating them wears out the side of the tire and is a safety hazard. Try to keep the tire pressure within 5 PSI of recommended value.

Now, locate the tire valve and remove the protective cap. Place the gauge on the valve stem, try to keep it even. You will hear some air escape, but if you've placed the gauge right it should stop immediately. Press it firmly and you will get a reading, either by blowing out a metered stick or a needle on a traditional gauge, or a number reading on a digital model.

If the pressure is low, inflate your tire and recheck the pressure. If it's too high, let some air out by the air bleed valve on your gauge if it has one, or by moving the gauge until you hear the air escaping.

For the remaining tires, repeat the last two steps.

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