When it comes to import auto repair, it’s always a good idea to know how to check your own tire pressure. As the weather changes outside, the pressure within your tires can change as well. You don’t want to experience a flat tire or even a tire blow out when you’re driving, so you can ensure the pressure is where it should be before going out on a road trip.
How to Check the Tire Pressure
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Checking the tire pressure is relatively simple and it can be done on your own. Always do so when the tires are cold, so let the car sit for about three hours after driving it when possible.
You will want to get a gauge. It can be digital or analog version. You need to measure the PSI of the air that’s in the tire. This is done by removing the cap on the tire stem and placing the gauge over it. Press the gauge firmly onto the valve so that air does not escape. If it’s a digital gauge, the number will appear on the screen. Analog gauges will have either a dial or a measuring stick that will extend from the end. Read the number and compare it to the PSI that should be in your tires based upon what kind of car you have.
What to Do When Pressure is Low
When the tire pressure is lower than it should be, the simple solution is to put more air in the tire. You want to look on the sticker on the inside of the door panel to know what the correct PSI is for your car. This information can also be found within the owner’s manual. You don’t want to go more than or less than 5 PSI from what is recommended.
If a tire is consistently losing pressure, you will want to take it in for repair. There’s likely an issue such as a nail in the tread. At Import Auto Maintenance, we are a fully stocked tire shop and have been since 1975. You can schedule an appointment, and we will be able to check the tire pressure and recommend a new tire if one is needed. Depending upon your driving style, we can also recommend a specific brand as well as tread type.
Knowing how to check your own tire pressure is important. It’s a sign of being a good car owner. It’s something you want to check before any long distance trek and on occasion, especially when there has been a dramatic change in the temperature outside.