Having proper air pressure in your tires is incredibly important. There are so many reasons why, including: helping your tires last longer, helping your car handle better, keeping your car safe, helping you save money on gas, etc.
Maintaining proper air pressure is a relatively easy, quick, and cheap maintenance task to perform. Do this to get the most out of your tires, financially and safety-wise. LoanMart is here to help you understand how to find the air pressure of your tires, and how to address issues depending on what your checks tell you.
Signs that you May Need to Refill your Tires
You should be checking your tires air pressure at least once a month to make sure they are still at the optimal level. But if you have not been doing so, one of the tell-tale signs that it is time to check and refill your tires, is seeing one or more of them starting to look a little flatter than normal. Refill your tires as soon as you possibly can.
How to Find the Tire Pressure of your Tires
When you want to check the air pressure of your tires, you will first want to make sure that the tires are cold, or at the very least have not been driven around at all for the past several hours. Once you have made sure of this, it is key that you have pressure gauge. You can get either a digital one or a stick-type gauge for pretty cheap at your local gas station or auto parts store.
After you have gotten a hold of an accurate tire pressure gauge, you will want to find the stems of the tire, located near the base of the side of the wheel facing outward. Once you have located these stems, you will then want to adhere to the following steps to get the current pounds per square inch (PSI) levels of each of your tires:
- Take off the end caps on the air valves of your tires. Whatever you do, do NOT lose these. You do not want to lose them, have to replace them, and then refill your tires even more than you may have had to begin with.
- Push the tire pressure measuring gauge into the tire’s valve stem and press down quickly so that you can get a reading.
- Take a look at the tire’s PSI reading. Compare that to what your vehicle’s recommended PSI is in order to judge whether or not a refill of the tire is necessary.
- Keep in mind that it can frequently be a difficult process to successfully get the gauge to press completely onto the valve. When it is not on all the way, it will result in an inaccurate reading. It is a good idea to take more than one reading to ensure the reading is 100% correct.
What to Do from Here
After you have procured an accurate PSI reading for every tire, you will then want to address each tire accordingly, whether the air pressure is too low, or by some chance, too high.
- If the reading happens to be above the listed recommendation for your vehicle, you will want to push in the valve to let out the excess air inside of the tire. You may end up having to do this a handful of times before you get it completely right.
- If the PSI reading is below the listed recommendation for your vehicle, you will want to be sure to fill up your tire with enough air to reach the preferred level. Like releasing excess air, this process may take a few attempts before you get it completely right.
- If the air pressure is within the preferred PSI range, then do not do a single thing. Your tire pressure is fine and does not need to be tampered with. Make sure all the other tires are in order, and then you are good to go.
- Once you have refilled, or let out enough air from each tire, make sure you put all the end caps back on. You are now ready to get back out on the road and get to where you need to be.
When it May Be Time to Get New Tires
If despite your diligent efforts to keep your tires’ air pressure at the proper level, your tires continue to leak air, you will want to talk to your trusted mechanic. It is very possible you could have a faulty valve, or other difficult to detect damage, that will need repair right away. Luckily, if you catch this problem soon enough, it could end up being a cheap fix versus a costly repair.