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What Do I Need to Check My Vehicle’s Tire Pressure?

Being able to check your car’s tire pressure is one of the most useful things that a driver can learn. It is one of the easiest ways to maintain your car tires and keep you safe on the road. Otherwise, improperly inflated tires can cause uneven wear and run your wallet a new set of tires soon.

So What All Do You Need to Monitor Tire Pressure?

The Right Tools

First and foremost, you will need to find the right tools and equipment. A tire pressure gauge

Is a tool used to check your tire pressure. There are the good old-fashioned ones with the dial and hose, but most of them are digital now, making it easier for people to read. Next, you may need an air compressor to adjust the air pressure accordingly. There are portable ones you can buy, but they usually have them at gas stations.


The Right Numbers

After you have your tools ready, you will need to find some information before getting your hands dirty. Air pressure is measured in psi, or pounds per square inch. You will need to find your manufacturer’s recommended pressure recommendations, which can usually be found on a sticker on the driver’s car door jamb. These number rangers are what you should be looking for when measuring your front and rear tires.


The Measuring Process

  1. Twist the tire valve cap loose and set it to the side.
  2. Using the gauge, press it hard onto the valve. You should hear a hissing sound when a seal is created.
  3. After you’ve read the measurements, determine if you need to fill up your tires to the recommended psi range. If so, you will use the air compressor. They usually have a nozzle that you can press onto your tires to inject with air. Make sure you don’t overfill your tires.

Driving with the wrong tire pressure can lower your fuel economy and impact the vehicle’s handling. If you want to avoid tire problems, please remember to regularly check your tire pressure. A monthly check is a good habit to get into. If you need help with your tire maintenance, we welcome you to bring your vehicle to Stang Auto Tech today!

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