Your tires are what make your vehicle move. Still, they can’t do their job if they aren’t properly maintained. Luckily, you can do that yourself quickly and easily by frequently checking your tire pressure.
To give drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington a better idea of just how important checking your tire pressure is and how you can do it yourself, we at Fred Beans have put together this guide. Read ahead to learn more!
Why You Need to Check Your Tire Pressure
Checking your tire pressure is essential to keeping your vehicle in top-top shape. Without tires that work, you won’t be able to get anywhere. Not only that, but it can actually cause many other complications, including bent tire sidewalls, damaging friction between the wheels and the ground, and lowered fuel efficiency.
These complications are easily preventable by checking your tire pressure regularly. It’s recommended that you check your tire pressure with a gauge once a month, but you can also perform simple visual checks every time you approach your vehicle to keep an eye on them.
How to Check Your Tire Pressure
- Before you get started, you should try to give your tires some time to cool down. The heat that is created when you’re driving can mess with the accuracy of your PSI (pounds per square inch) reading. You’ll also want to do a little research about what kind of range your PSI should fall within.
- Once your tires have cooled down, your first step is to find a digital tire pressure gauge. If you don’t already have one, you can find them at most automotive stores. Sometimes, you can also find them built into air pump machines at gas stations.
- The next step is to prepare the valve stem. Before you can insert the gauge, you’ll need to remove the valve stem cap. All you need to do is get a firm grip on the cap and twist until it comes off. Put this cap in a safe place where it can’t be lost until you’re done checking your tire pressure.
- Now, it’s time to get your tire gauge out. Line up the gauge with the valve stem and then push it down in until you hear a hissing sound. This hissing sound is normal and is how the gauge reads your tire’s PSI.
- This is when your PSI reading will come up on the gauge’s screen. Take note of it before removing the gauge from the stem valve.
- The last step you have to do in this process is replace the valve stem cap. Double check that it’s screwed on tight, so it doesn’t come off while you’re driving and cause a flat tire or other complications.
Need Some More Information?
We’re very excited that you started your tire pressure research with us at Fred Beans. We’d be happy to answer any additional questions you may have about checking your tire pressure or schedule you for a service appointment.
Give us a call today! We’re just a short drive from Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington.