How to know the Proper Tire Pressure?
Do you know that your tire pressure can decrease for about 10% every month? It could majorly affect the life span of your tires and also the control of your car.
It will provide you very useful information about the tire, like the recommended tire size and the proper tire pressure, whether driving with heavy loads or not. These tire placards design defer on each cars, but will usually provide the basic tire information.
Simple Instructions on How to Test and Maintain Your Car’s Tire Pressure
Safety reminder! Turn off your engine and make sure to pull your hand-break before doing any work with your car.
1.Unscrew the caps to the valve stems on all four tires. Keep the valve caps somewhere safe but easy to see to avoid misplacing them since they are small.
2.Take your pressure gauge and press the opening onto the valve stem of the tire. As you compress the tire gauge onto the valve stem it’s common to hear a little air escape from the tire. Don’t worry about this, in most cases the amount lost in testing the pressure is negligible. Hold the pressure gauge down for 2-3 seconds and then release it completely from the valve stem. If you’ve done this properly the gauge should look similar to the one in the picture at the beginning of this tutorial.
If you have a digital pressure gauge, a number should appear on the gauge’s display.
3.Take your reading and compare it against your car’s factory recommendations. The pressure gauge should be displaying a number, either digitally or on a sliding scale. Now open your driver side door and compare the number you have to what the factory recommends. This pressure will be displayed on a sticker inside the driver side door frame and/or in the owner’s manual. Note, that the front and rear tire pressures may be slightly different since the tires in the front of the vehicle help to support the weight of the engine.
4.Inflate! If you need to inflate the tire, you’ll do so using a foot pump or an air compressor. Either way, push the nozzle all the way down onto the tire stem of the tire that needs inflating. Inflate, and then periodically, take your gauge and check the tire’s pressure. If it’s still below the factory recommendation, repeat this process until it’s just right.
5.Once all the tires are filled to their appropriate levels, replace the stem caps. Be sure to put a cap on every tire’s valve stem. If not, debris from the road can get lodged into the valve stem and this will cause a continual slow leak.
And another easy way to check your tire pressure is by having your own TPMS. TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is a handy device that will provide you real-time status of your car's tire pressure. It normally has a gauge where you can see the status in digital format. Most TPMS are battery operated, like Trywin's TPMS200. But a lot of people are too busy to think of changing batteries every now and then, that is why solar TPMS were made. Trywin's TPMS300 is solar powered that gives accurate and real-time status of each tire's pressure.
If you want to have a hassle-free and safe drive everyday, get a TPMS and correct your tire pressure. Save your tires, Save your life!