Regularly checking your tire pressure and having your tires inspected once a month as part of your car maintenance routine is crucial for your safety and optimizing your car's performance. This easy process only takes a few minutes but can prevent costly repairs and ensure a smooth ride. Let's explore how to properly check your tire pressure and understand why it is essential.
Tire Pressure Gauge to the Rescue
The primary tool you'll need is a tire pressure gauge to check your tire pressure. A tire pressure gauge is a device that measures the air pressure within your tires and is available in most auto parts stores costing anywhere from $5 to $15, depending on the type you choose.
Here's how to check your tire pressure:
- Start with a cold tire, preferably after your car has been sitting for at least 3 hours. A heated tire will give inaccurate pressure readings due to the heat that builds up as you drive.
- Review the manufacturer's recommended PSI and the ideal tire pressure listed on the sticker inside your car door frame or vehicle manual.
- Write down the pressure readings for each tire, which helps you track any changes.
- With a pressure gauge, go to each tire and remove the valve cap. To use the pressure gauge, position it on the stem and apply pressure firmly until it releases air with a hissing sound. The gauge should display your tire's pressure in PSI.
- Take action if need be to balance the tire pressure.
- Schedule monthly tire inspections to check for any wear and tear or need for replacements.
So, Why Does Tire Pressure Matter?
Proper tire pressure is essential to help you maintain control while driving. Underinflated tires create more friction while driving, creating a greater risk of hydroplaning and skidding on wet surfaces. On the other hand, overinflated tires cause excessive wear on the center of your tires, causing a harsh, bumpy ride. Consider scheduling a monthly inspection at an auto repair shop to ensure safe driving and correct tire pressure. This prevents future issues and keeps you ahead of any potential problems.
We welcome you to visit Rocky Mountain Car Care today if you need help maintaining your vehicle's proper tire pressure.