Checking your tire pressure is an important aspect of maintaining your car. Having poor tire pressure can significantly affect the efficiency of your car. Therefore it is important to regularly perform checks on your tire pressure to ensure they are at the specified level.
How do I check my pressure?
Checking your car’s pressure is pretty simple, all you need to have is a pressure gauge. This is an inexpensive gadget that can be easily found in almost all auto part stores and gas stations. However, you have the choice of checking the tire pressure at the gas station as you fill up regularly.
To find out your vehicles desired car pressure, you will need to consult the owner’s manual. The manual will have the specified recommended air pressure for your vehicle. This number is usually expressed in “psi” (Pounds per square inch). Your car manufacturer has specified the correct pressure that is required for each vehicle and tire combination. Your manual may even have special recommendations that may be based on the number of passengers or in case you use the vehicle for towing. You need to note that the psi that is written on the side of the tire is not the recommended pressure needed in the tire but the maximum amount of pressure the tire can handle.
Therefore, to check the pressure of your vehicle, you will need to unscrew the cap of the tire valve stem and place the round end of your gauge over the stem. You will need to push it down with some force to ensure that there is a good seal, this is to ensure that the reading is correct. To ensure that you determine the car tire pressure, read the numbers on the gauge. If you are not sure if the reading on the gauge is accurate repeat the procedure once or twice more. In case you are still unable to determine your tire pressure, consult a qualified and professional mechanic to demonstrate how the procedure is done.