Checking the air pressure in your tires is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to take care of your vehicle. It will save you money on future problems that could occur from driving with inadequate tire pressure. Decent tire tension allows for optimal fuel efficiency, safer steering, protects your rims and helps prevent your tires from bursting. Inspecting your tires isn’t difficult to do at all if you have the right tools. But if not, gas stations are well equipped to get the job done. With this simple step-by-step guide, you can check the air pressure in your tires anywhere.
Check Your Manual
If this is your first time checking the air pressure in your tires, check your manual to find out what the lowest PSI (pressure per square inch) would be for inflating your tires. Numbers will vary between vehicle types. Sedans, minivans and some small pickup trucks have a recommended PSI that ranges from 27 to 32 but can go up to 40. The larger the vehicle, the greater the PSI by four to eight PSI.
Unscrew the Valve Stem
The valve stem for each tire is located on the side of the rim that rests against the inside of the tire, near the hubcap. The stem will be either a black or silver extension about an inch long.
Grab Your Air Pressure Gauge
Press the end of the gauge onto the stem evenly. If the gauge isn’t securely attached to the stem, you’ll hear a hissing sound as air escapes your tire. The angle of your pressure gauge may need to be adjusted for an accurate reading. Depending on the type of gauge you have, for example, a digital one, you may have to push a button to get the pressure reading going. If you have a traditional pressure gauge, the stick within the meter will automatically move to give you a proper reading.
Replace the Cap
Once you’ve got a successful reading of your tires air pressure, it’s time to put the cap back on before you lose it. Many people think the stem cap prevents air from escaping. Instead, it prevents moisture and debris from getting into the valve and disrupting the mechanism within. That mechanism is what holds the air in the tire, so it’s important to protect it.
Compare your pressure gauge reading to the specifics in your manual. If they’re the same, then you can go about your day with peace of mind. However, if the reading is off, then it’s time to fill your tires with the right amount of air.
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