Car Maintenance 101: How to Check Your Tire Pressure & How to Put Air in Tires

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Underinflated tires can cause deadly mishaps. This is why it is so important that you learn how to check your tire pressure and learn how to put air in your tires. It is fairly easy, and can save your life, gas, and time. Properly inflated tires also prevent untimely maintenance bills on your vehicle. Are you convinced that inflating your tires is beneficial now?

 

Semi flat tires shorten the life of your car’s tires. This increased wear and tear can cause around $400 of additional expenses.

 

Fuel is wasted when your tires do not have the right amount of pressure. How much fuel? The US Transportation Department’s research found that millions of gallons of gas are squandered daily because of tires that are not inflated with the correct amount of tire pressure.  That is billions of gallons each year, since individuals don't set aside the opportunity to blow up their tires appropriately.

 

Alright, we hope you really understand how important this is. It is important to have the correct amount of air at the right pressure levels in your tires to maintain your fuel’s efficiency and prevent unplanned and expensive maintenance on your vehicle. Furthermore you can’t simply eyeball your tire to determine if it inflated correctly. You really need to measure it, unless it is absolutely flat and then it’s obvious that it is in need of more air.

 

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

 

Now since you understand the importance of having the correct tire pressure, the experts here at Auto Sense Plover in Plover, Wisconsin want to walk you through the steps of how to check your tire’s air pressure with minimal measure of fuss and stress.

 

1.       Purchase a computerized tire gage and put it in your auto. Most tire gauges cost only $10.  Consider purchasing a little journal to track your tire pressure over time, and improved mileage.

2.       Research and identify the necessary tire pressure level for your vehicle. This data is typically found either in the doorjamb of your driver’s side door or in the manual. Remember to pay attention if different pressure levels are required for the front versus the back tires.

 

3.       Tire pressure is best measured once car tires are cool. Tires warm during transit. Tires typically take 30 minutes to cool. Another best practice is to check your tire pressure in the early morning before you start the engine.

 

 

4.       Take the top cap of the tire valve and place it in a safe place where you will not forget or lose it.

 

5.       Place the tire gauge over the tire’s valve stem. You might hear a little murmur as you push down on the valve stem and again as you discharge it. You should do this for a moment or two, just long to get the exact data.

 

6.       The Tire pressure reading will be on the tire gauge. We recommend that you write down the tire pressure as you measure the pressure around the car.

 

After you complete those six steps the next thing you must do is look at the required levels. You can look at the sticker inside the car door or the car manual for this information. If the tire pressure is lower than the recommended amount, then it is time to fill up your tires. If the tire pressure amounts match the manual, then you are fine. If it is higher then you need to let out a little pressure from the tires.

 

For instance, the sticker inside the car door might state that the suggested level is 32 psi (pounds per square inch). When you check your tire you discover it is 29 psi. You have to convey your tire weight up to spec. It's evaluated that for each 3 psi beneath spec, you consume 1 percent more fuel (and include 10 percent more tire wear). It's normal to be 10 psi beneath spec, which would squander 3 percent more fuel and increment tire wear by 45 percent.

 

How to put air in your tires

 

There are a couple of ways to put air in your tires to the recommended levels. One option is to use a portable air compressor. A portable air compressor will allow you to take your time and refill your tires in the comfort of your driveway or carport.  Most compressors are cheap and are unable to rapidly fill your tires. AutoSense Plover highly recommends that you spend a couple of additional dollars to move up to a higher quality compressor that can connect to your battery terminals instead of your cigarette lighter.

 

The gas station or the corner store typically is the most popular place to put air in car tires. Many of these public air compressor charge 50 cents to a dollar. However if you ask the attendant nicely they might turn the compressor on free.

 

Modifying Your Tire Pressure

 

This is the way to change your car tire pressure:

 

1.       Get right next to the air compressor so the hose will reach every car tire.

 

2.       Turn the air compressor on. (You will hear the compressor engine starting to run.)

 

3.       Take the tire stem tops off and put them in your pocket or a safe place where wind can’t blow them away and you won’t forget where you put them. (Maybe your car’s ash tray if you don’t smoke)

 

4.       Place the air compressor hose firmly over the valve stem and press the lever to secure in place. You should feel the sensation of air coming through the hose and hear it blowing into the tire. There might be a little effort required to keep the connection stable on the valve stem.

 

5.       Verify that there is enough pneumatic stress in the tires by discharging the swelling lever. The gage on the hose fitting will appear on the off chance that you have roughly enough pneumatic stress. You can check it again later with your own particular gage. Now, it is smarter to marginally overinflate the tire.

 

6.       Change the weight in every one of the tires similarly. (Note: If the tires are warmed up, expand the tire weight to 3 psi over the predetermined sum.)

 

7.       Recheck the tire weight with the computerized gage. In the event that the weight is too high, press the gage down sufficiently far to discharge some air from the tire. Check it once more.

 

8.       Put the valve tops back on each one of the tires.

 

In the event that you start checking your tire weight once every month, you will in the long run locate a decent service station that has a strategically placed air compressor.

 

Presently it's an ideal opportunity to appreciate improved car performance, mileage, and a reduction in wear and tear on your car and tires. 


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