How to Check Tire Pressure
While tires can last for many years, they’re not resistant to minor issues like low tire pressure. Tires lose air naturally from daily drives around Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, Vineland, and beyond. That’s why you’ll want to check their pressure regularly. Below, we’ll tell you exactly how to check tire pressure, and how often this should be done. Read through this informative guide, and don’t hesitate to contact us at Boardwalk Acura if you have any questions.
Checking Tire Pressure
When checking tire pressure, you’ll want to make sure the tires are cold. This means that the car has been parked for at least three hours, or you’ve only driven less than a mile at moderate speed. This is so you can get an accurate reading of the tire’s PSI, or pounds per square inch. To check tire pressure, you’ll want to:
- Check the recommended PSI. This number is located on the driver’s side door jamb or in your owner’s manual.
- Check tire pressure with a gauge. Remove the valve cap from a tire, and place the gauge over the valve stem. Push down hard enough so that a bar comes out from the bottom of the gauge. The number you see at the top of the bar is the current PSI.
- Fill the tire. This can be done with an air compressor found at a gas station.
- Check pressure again. Use the gauge to check the tire pressure again, and keep filling the tire until you get to the recommended PSI.
You’ll then want to repeat these steps for the other tires, until they’re all properly filled.
When to Check Tire Pressure
It’s generally recommended to check tire pressure every month. However, different factors can affect tire pressure, such as:
- Extremely hot or cold temperatures
- Driving long distances
- Towing or hauling added weight with your automobile
These factors may result in tires losing pressure faster than normal. Plus, leaky valve systems, low leaking punctures, and other hidden damages can decrease tire pressure. Therefore, you’ll want to check the tire pressure sooner rather than later.
How to Know If You Need New Tires
If your tires are losing air more frequently than just once a month, there could be bigger issues with the tires. If the tires are damaged, or there’s a faulty valve, then the tires will have to be replaced. If that’s the case, then be sure to visit our tire center. We supply a large number of tires from popular brands like Bridgestone, Michelin, and Goodyear. And since we work with all kinds of automobiles, we can pick out the right tire size and type for your vehicle.
Schedule Tire Service
If your tires need to be repaired or replaced, then schedule service at Boardwalk Acura. We’ll make sure they’re as good as new, so you can be cruising around Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, or Vineland again in no time. So, don’t wait. Contact us for service today!