How to Check Tire Pressure

Tire Pressure Videos for Car

Why is Proper Tire Pressure Important?

As we have mentioned that tires are an important aspect of cars, & proper tire pressure is equally important as it plays an important role in accelerating, braking, & corner your car. Proper tire pressure increases tire life, increases traction & handling, & refuses the chances of loss of pressure that can stand you at the roadside.

What do I need to Check and Fill My Tire?

First, you need a tire pressure gauge to check the tire pressure and a source of compressed air to insert the right amount of air. There are many types of gauge, but all of them work in the same way & also fit a standardized tire valve system. Compressed air is commonly supplied at gas stations, service centers, and car dealerships.

Things You'll Need

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Step by Step: How to Check Tire Pressure

Step 1: Inflate tires to the recommended tire pressure, as per the car’s owner’s manual. You can also find this information on the driver’s side doorjamb where this vital information is displayed on a ticket. We suggest resetting the tire before inflating it. Tires heat up from friction with the road surface, increasing the tire pressure. So, allow the tires to sit still for 2-3 hours or overnight out of direct sunlight.

Step 2: Unscrew the cap on the valve system.

Step 3: Now press the tire gauge against the valve system, try to make a flat connection that seals it completely. Briskly remove the gauge from the tire’s valve system after the dial moves. If you hear escaping air, stop, reset the gauge & try again.

Step 4: Read the gauge to determine if the pressure is within recommended limits of the car.

Step 5: If the tire pressure is lower than recommended then inflate the tire with the air compressor at any gas station.

Step 6: After inflation, repeat step 4 to check whether the tire pressure is at the recommended value.

Step 7: If the tire pressure is higher than recommended, release air from the tire. Most of the tire pressure gauges have a small dot or bead on the backside that is designed to be pressed into the center of the valve stem to release air.

Step 8: After releasing air, repeat steps three & four to determine if you need to add or remove air from the tire.

Some Additional Tips 

-> Never set the tire pressure when the tire is hot. 

-> Most of the tires come up with value written on the sidewalls. This is usually the maximum tire pressure & not the recommended pressure. The best way to find out the right value of tire pressure is to check the owner’s manual. 

-> Correctly inflated tires have a flat tread across the width of the tire that fully contacts the road surface. 

-> For heavy loads or for high-speed driving, many manufacturers recommended high tire pressure, but still consult the manufacturer once before inflating more pressure than recommended. 

-> Periodically check the spare tire’s pressure.

Results of Improperly Pressurized Tires