How To Check Your Car's Tire Pressure and Inflate Tires
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Jun 23, 2019
Checking your tire pressure is one of the most important detail one can’t ignore. It is important to put air pressure on its recommended tire pressure level.
Find the required pressure level. This information is usually on a yellow sticker in the doorjamb on the driver side, and it is also contained in the owner's manual. It might call for different pressure levels for the front and the rear tires. Newer cars, the recommended tire pressure is most commonly listed on a sticker inside the driver's door. If there's no sticker on the door, you can usually find the specs in the owner's manual. Most passenger cars will recommend 32 psi to 35 psi in the tires when they're cold.
Check the pressure when the tires are cold; they heat up as you drive. They take about a half-hour to cool down. Or you can just check the tires first thing in the morning when the ambient temperature is lower. Unscrew the valve cap and set it to the side or in a pocket where you won't lose it. Press the hose fitting down on the valve stem and press the lever. You should feel air flowing through the hose and hear it inflating the tire. It can take a little effort to hold the hose on the valve stem. Press the tire gauge onto the valve stem. There might be a slight hiss as you press down on the valve stem and again as you release it. You only need to do this for a second or two, long enough to get an accurate reading. Check to see when you have enough air pressure in the tires by releasing the inflation lever. The gauge on the hose fitting will show if you have approximately enough air pressure. You can check it again later with your own gauge. At this point, it is better to slightly overinflate the tire. Read the tire pressure on the digital gauge. You might consider noting the pressure of the tires as you go around. You can refer to your notes when you fill up the tires. Adjust the pressure in all the tires in the same way. Note: If the tires are warmed up, inflate the tire pressure to 3 psi over the specified amount. Recheck the tire pressure with the digital gauge. If the pressure is too high, press the gauge down just far enough to release some air from the tire. Check it again. Replace the valve caps on all the tires.
Always make it a bit to check your tire pressure it doesn’t only improved fuel economy but it also give you safe driving.