As a responsible car owner, you should check your tires whenever possible. Having improper tire pressure can lead to uneven tread wear, which can ultimately worsen your gas mileage and affect your vehicle's handling. If you're unsure how to measure your tire pressure, you've come to the right place. This is Protech Automotive Service's guide to perfecting your tire pressure measuring routine.
Before you run to grab your pressure gauge, you need to know how much air your tires require. In the United States, tire pressure is measured in units of PSI (pounds per square inch). There should be a sticker on the driver's door frame that shows the recommended tire pressure specific to your vehicle. If you have difficulty finding the sticker, then you can also look in your owner's manual.
The ideal time to measure your tire pressure is when the vehicle has been idle for several hours and the tires are cold. As mentioned before, you will need a tire pressure gauge. These can be found at some gas stations or purchased at auto stores. We recommend that you buy one to have on hand in case of emergencies.
Step 1: Remove the cap from the air valve on the tire, and place it somewhere you won't lose it (such as your pockets).
Step 2: Hold the tire gauge on the open valve stem for a few seconds. You may hear a hissing sound when this happens.
Step 3: Read the air pressure gauge.
Step 4: Compare the number you read on the gauge with the recommended tire pressure found on the door frame.
Step 5: If your tires are over-or under- inflated, modify the air pressure accordingly. Then put the tire's air valve cap back in its place, ensuring it is tightly closed.
If you have a newer model vehicle, you may be inclined to rely on your tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) to avoid the hassle. However, the traditional tire gauge is much better at giving you an accurate reading.
Your tires are your vehicle's most essential safety components, which is why you should always handle them with care. We highly suggest you get in the habit of measuring, reading, and adjusting your tire pressure as it fluctuates throughout the seasons. If you need any kind of tire service, our skillful team would be happy to assist you. Give us a call or visit Protech Automotive Services today.