Ensuring that your vehicle's tires are properly inflated is crucial for both safety and performance. In this guide, walk through the steps of adding air to your tires and checking their pressure to help you maintain optimal tire health.
Before you start, make sure you have the following:
You can add air to your tires using an air compressor, a portable air pump, or a gas station with an air pump. Some gas stations offer free air service, while others require payment.
Position your vehicle close enough to the air pump so that the compressor hose can reach all underinflated tires.
To add air to your tires:
If you accidentally overinflate a tire, you can release excess pressure using the valve stem. Gently press the valve's pin to let out some air while periodically checking the pressure to avoid deflating the tire too much.
Always put back the valve cap on each tire to prevent dust and debris from entering.
You'll need an air pressure gauge (either pencil-type or dial-type) for this task. These gauges can be found at auto parts stores or gas stations.
To properly check your tires’ pressure, do the following steps:
To obtain accurate readings, check tire pressure when the tires are "cold." This means your car should be parked for at least three hours or driven for less than a mile at a moderate speed. Checking pressure when tires are hot from driving may yield less accurate results.
Regularly monitoring your tire pressure is essential for safe and efficient driving. Here's a guideline to follow:
Many modern vehicles are equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that alerts you to low tire pressure through a dashboard warning light. While TPMS is a valuable feature, conducting routine manual inspections remains crucial to maintaining proper tire pressure.
By following these steps and maintaining the correct tire pressure, you'll ensure a smooth and safe driving experience while prolonging the lifespan of your tires.