If you own a car, then you should learn how to check your tire pressure at some point. Having under inflated and even overinflated tires can be detrimental to the health of the tires and your safety. If you’re a newbie at this kind of stuff, you’ve come to the right place. Nerger’s Auto Express is here to help with everything you need to know about tires.
Before you grab the tire gauge or go straight to the filling station at your gas station, you need to do some research. In the US, tire pressure is measured in pounds per square inch or PSI. Every car make and model has a specific range that their tire pressure should be at. Usually, it varies depending on the size of the car. Bigger cars tend to need more air in their tires. There is a sticker on the driver’s door jamb that lists the specific range. You may notice different PSI labeled for your front tires vs. rear tires.
Next, you’ll need a tool. As mentioned before, most gas stations will have an air compressor and measuring tool built into a machine. However, we recommend investing in a tire gauge to have on hand. They are fairly inexpensive and available at superstores and auto parts shops.
How to check your tire pressure
- STEP 1 - Remove the lid or cap from the air valve on one tire. Make sure you don’t lose or displace it.
- STEP 2 - Position the gauge on the open valve stem for several seconds. You should apply enough pressure until you hear a hissing noise.
- STEP 3 - Read the gauge. We recommend digital gauges since they are easier and quicker to read.
- STEP 4 - Determine if your tires are within the recommended PSI range. If your tires are underinflated, you will need an air compressor to fill your tires. Or release some air if they are overinflated.
- STEP 5 - Twist the cap back onto the air valve, and make sure it is closed all the way.
Manually checking your tire pressure is the surest way to ensure they are properly inflated. When your tire pressure is up to standards, you are guaranteed better fuel mileage, prevention against accidents and blowouts, even tire wear, and improved handling.
Tires should always be handled with care. After all, they are the only vehicle component that touches the ground. If you need help checking your tires or with any other tire service, please do not hesitate to call or visit the experts at Nerger’s Auto Express.