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How to Check the Pressure in Your Tires

It probably comes as no surprise to learn that automobiles are expensive and require work and upkeep. Therefore, when it comes to your vehicle, it's very important to stay up to date on its maintenance needs. One area included in this topic is tire pressure. Do you know how to check the pressure in your tires? You can follow the tips below to become more familiar with this task:

Cold Tires — Accurate Reading

First things first, it's important to make sure that your tires are cold (i.e. the vehicle hasn’t recently been driven). This rule may not seem too significant, but can determine whether or not the reading from your tires it accurate. Checking the pressure in cold tires will help to ensure that heat hasn’t affected the results.

Know Your Vehicle's PSI

To accurately find your vehicle's PSI, you may need to look in your owner's manual or on the inside of the driver's side door. Before you check the pressure in your tires, it's important to verify what the proper measurement should read.

Locate the Valve Stem Cap

Each of the vehicle's four tires will have a valve stem. In order to check the tire pressure, you must locate each valve stem and then remove (unscrew) the valve stem cap. Of course, don’t remove each cap at the same time. Check each tire individually, removing and replacing the valve stem cap before moving onto the next.

Checking the Pressure

It's now time for the main task — actually checking the tire pressure. If you've already obtained an air pressure gauge, then you're ready for this step. You will need to hold and then press the pressure gauge onto the valve stem. Once doing so, make sure you record the reading that is given. It's important to make sure that the gauge isn’t too tight or too loose on the valve — for an accurate reading, you will need to find the proper angle and amount of pressure to apply.

Determine the Reading

If you decide to use a digital gauge, then you may also have to press a button, whereas with a traditional gauge, the metered stick will automatically display the amount of air in your tires. If the reading in all four tires matches that of the number in the owner's manual, then your task is complete and your automobile is ready for the open road. However, if the number is off, you will most likely need to drive to the nearest gas station to put the appropriate amount of air in your tires.

Take Care of Your Vehicle

As stated, vehicle maintenance is very important — you need to take care of your automobile. Not only will checking the pressure in your tires potentially save you money, but the act could also help you avoid an accident.


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