Checking Your Tire Pressure

Keeping the suggested air pressure in your tires will help you with safer driving and excellent fuel efficiency. Mainly when gas prices are going up, in severe weather conditions like rain, or snow, or even ice; tire pressure can make a variation when driving.

Checking the tire pressure is just, everything you require is a good quality tire pressure gauge and the source of air to inflate the tire to the proper pressure. You can select between digital or standard tire gauge. Digital ones are normally very accurate and have the benefit of access to reading 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 depend on the gas station’s air machine gauge, as it is normally beat and inaccurate, so have your gauge to guarantee proper PSI for your tires.

Be sure to check your tire pressure while they 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 suggested 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.

You should check it at least twice a week. You should also check it before you go on a more extended trip. It will also show what the air pressure in the wheel should be. You should check at something along the lines of 35-psi or 40-psi. Remove the air cap on the valve stem. Take your manometer and then apply it to the valve stem. The tire pressure gauge will show how much pressure the wheel has. Make sure that you understand the same as your tire PSI indicates

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.

How to inflate your tires to the appropriate level of PSI?

There are two methods:

1. If you have your air compressor, you can just connect the hose to the valve stem and fill the tire with air. Be certain not to overfill. Be sure to take the tire pressure gauge and check the level.

2. If you do not own your air compressor, just visit the nearest gas station and look for “air”. Again, be sure to have your tire pressure gauge with you so you can have your tires full to the correct PSI levels.