Let me go down straight to the point. I have no clue on how to check tire pressure of my car and that is why decided to write this article. It will be a “hitting-two-birds-with-one-stone” thing, me learning about it and still be doing my job. However, upon researching, I came to find out that a lot of people don’t know how to do it too. So, you guys are in luck! I mean, we are in luck! Here is a simple how-to, brought to you again by the Amazing America Top 10 team.
Why check tire pressure though? Why is it important? If not done, what can go wrong?
Incorrect tire pressure can cause poor mileage, uneven tire wear, and even a tire blow-out. You definitely don’t want that. Therefore, to prevent these from happening, it is important to maintain proper tire pressure.
Browse through your owners’ manual or check the inside of the driver’s side door for the standard cold tire inflation pressure. This number is the lowest PSI (pounds per square inch) one would inflate the tires to and is suggested by the car’s manufacturer. Most sedans generally need a PSI in the range of 27 to 32 while larger vehicles such as trucks and SUV’s need a PSI that ranges from 4 to 8.
A simple tire air pressure gauge, available at most auto parts stores is adequate for checking the tire pressure. You do not necessarily need a digital air pressure gauge but it will be more easy to read and it will be more accurate too.
To check the tire pressure, simply unscrew the valve stem cap from the valve stem on the tire. Then, press the air pressure gauge evenly onto the valve stem and record the reading given. If there is a hissing sound, the gauge is not tight or even enough for an accurate reading and you might need to adjust it. After the reading, remove the air pressure gauge and replace the valve stem cap. You’re done. Was the tire pressure adequate compared to the recommended PSI?