It is important to check your tire pressure regularly, at least once a month, or before going on long trips, as tires lose pressure all the time. Remember to check your spare tire also and check the tread on each tire, every time, as an added precaution.
It has been estimated that tires lose around 0.069 bar or 6.9 Kpa per month. Loss in tire pressure also rises as temperature rises. Low tire pressure can result in poor handling, bad fuel efficiency, and can affect turning and braking while being a risk to your safety.
Here's how to check your tire pressure:
- Use a pressure gauge. You could either purchase one or you could make use of the one at your local gas station.
- Always check tires first thing in the morning, when they are cool and before you drive the vehicle, as this could heat up the tires and give you a faulty reading. The other option is to wait until at least three hours after you have driven your car.
- Always refer to the air pressure gauge manual for correct use. Unscrew the valve cap on your tire. Place the pressure gauge over the valve. Don't be alarmed if you hear a hissing sound; this is air being released from the tire. If you are using a digital gauge, you can expect an immediate reading, while a pencil-style gauge should pop out and then produce a measured number.
- Check your car owner manual, the inside of your car door or the side of your tire for the recommended bar or psi. Once you have the correct bar or psi, compare it to your reading.
- Add air or remove air as needed to match the recommended bar or psi. This can be done with either your own air compressor or you could make use of the one at your local gas station.
- Once completed, recheck the tire pressure, to make sure that it matches the recommended bar or psi and replace each valve cap.
If you need a tire service performed, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!