Why Check Tire Pressure
Nothing is worse than being than being stuck on the road on a cold winter day. It is especially aggravating when you could have prevented it from happening in the first place! Checking your tire pressure only takes a few minutes and it is something you may want to do at least once a week in the winter months to avoid a problem on the road.
Some of the reasons to check tire pressure, in addition to merely getting stuck on the road, are:
• Under-inflated tires can cause accidents
• Tires can experience excessive wear
• Improperly inflated tires waste gas
Checking Tire Pressure
Checking tire pressure will only take a few minutes and a quality air pressure tool will only cost about ten dollars. It is well worth the expense to make sure your tires are full and safe to drive.
• Check your owner’s manual for proper air pressure for tires. There should also be a sticker on the insider of the door (driver’s side)with this information.
• Since tires heat up as you are driving, you need to check the pressure while the tires are cold.
• Remove the valve cap and press the gauge onto the stem. Hold it there for just a couple of seconds for the air pressure to properly register.
• Record the pressure for each tire and compare to recommended pressure.
Inflating Tires to Proper Pressure
Once you have checked and recorded all of the tire pressures, it is time to fill them up to the proper air pressure. Again, this is very easy and will only take a minute or two to accomplish. If you do not have an air compressor in your personal garage, you will need to go to a local station that has one.
A proper air compressor for an automobile will have an air pressure gauge located on it. Attach the hose fitting to the valve stem and press down on the inflation lever to begin filling the tire. When you let go of the lever, the current air pressure of the tire should register. Continue filling each tire until the proper pressure is showing on the gauge. If you had to drive the car to a station and the tires are warm, it is recommended that you inflate the tires over the recommended pressure by 3psi.
Once you have filled the tire, check each tire again with your own gauge just to be sure the reading on the compressor was accurate.
Keep your initial recordings as some of the tires may lose air more quickly than others. If you recheck the tire pressure the following week, you may see the variable, alerting you that there could be a problem with a tire or simply that you need to check certain tires on a more regular basis.