Checking tire pressure is an important step in maintaining the safety and longevity of your vehicle. Under-inflated tires can lead to bad fuel efficiency, decreased handling, and increased risk of a blowout. Over-inflated tires can lead to uneven wear and decreased traction.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to properly check your tire pressure:
- Find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle. This information can be found in the owner's manual, on a sticker inside the driver's side door, or on the inside of the fuel filler door.
- Buy a tire pressure gauge. These can be found at any auto parts store or gas station.
- Remove the valve cap from one tire and press the gauge onto the valve stem. The gauge will give a reading of the current pressure in that tire.
- Compare the reading to the recommended pressure for your vehicle. If the pressure is too low, adjust the air until it reaches the recommended level. If the pressure is too high, release some air from the tire until it reaches the recommended level.
- Repeat the process for all four tires.
It is important to note that tire pressure should be monitored more often when the tires are cold, as driving for even a short distance can cause the tire pressure to increase. It is considered a good practice to check the tire pressure at least once a month, and before going on a long trip.
In short, checking tire pressure is an easy and important step in maintaining the safety and longevity of your vehicle. Keep your tires properly inflated to ensure a smooth and safe ride. If you need assistance with inspecting your tires, please bring your vehicle to Kaufman's Auto Repairs Inc for tire service.