A Step-By-Step Guide to Checking Your Tire Pressure
Do you enjoy driving a well-maintained vehicle? Well, you can add checking your tire pressure to the list of those routine maintenance checks you perform to keep your car in tip-top shape. Making sure your tires have the right amount of air pressure is just as important to your vehicle's routine upkeep as getting the oil changed or running it through the car wash.
Checking your tire pressure at least once a month to ensure you are cruising around with the right amount of pressure can contribute to your vehicle's overall performance during your next trip. You can check your tire pressure using these easy steps.
You will need to have a digital tire pressure gauge, available at an affordable price at most nearby car shops. This tool is key for this process to work. The best time to check tire pressure would be early morning when your tires are likely to be the coolest. But keep in mind, the colder the outside temperature, the more change in PSI (pounds per square inch), or tire pressure, you can expect.
Next, you will want to consult your vehicle's owner's manual for the optimal PSI range for your tires. Most of the numbers you see in the owner's manual represent the minimum PSI value. Most midsize sedans require around 27 to 33 PSI, while larger vehicles like SUVs can range upwards of 45 PSI for each tire. The number is determined based on your vehicle and tire size, as well as its towing capabilities.
How Do I Check My Tire Pressure? How to guide
- You can begin the actual process of checking the tire pressure after noting the desired PSI range for your type of vehicle. Start by removing the valve stem cap on the desired tire by pinching the cap while twisting. It should unscrew easily. Place the cap safely aside so it won't be lost.
- Once the cap is removed, you can take the tire gauge and line it up with the valve. When you press it in, you can expect to hear a hissing noise as it measures the tire pressure.
- After a few moments, the PSI reading should show up on the digital screen. Make a note of the reading, pull the gauge off the stem valve, and return the cap to the valve.
- You may want to take a few readings to make sure an accurate reading is recorded. If the PSI ratings are below the recommended value, go ahead and fill it up with some air until you hit that target number. If your PSI is above the recommended value, press down on the stem valve to release some air until the desired PSI value is reached.
- If you notice one tire that continually producing low PSI ratings, then you may want start thinking about a tire replacement, considering a continually low PSI rating is an early warning sign of a worn or damaged tire.
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Sometimes difficulties like a flat happen while driving. But if you check your tire's pressure on a routine monthly basis, you significantly decrease your chances of an unexpected flat while exerting very little effort. Add tire care to the list of enjoyable vehicle maintenance activities and your tires will reward you as you seek to soak up the sun along the East Bay in Panama City, Springfield or Callaway.
If you have questions about how to check your tire pressure or find yourself in need of tire repair, call or come by Honda of Bay County today, where our experienced technicians will be glad to help you.
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