Our lives are full of routine checkups. Just like your yearly physical ensures your body’s health, your routine car maintenance should make sure your car is healthy, too. As part of your car’s routine inspection, checking your tire pressure is an important test that should be done just as frequently as an oil change, especially as the weather gets colder. If you follow these steps on how to check your tire pressure, your car is sure to be ready to take on the crisp fall and frosty winter weather ahead.
Make sure your tires are cold. For an accurate tire pressure reading, you have to make sure that your tires aren’t hot. If you have driven them more than 2 km, you’re out of luck—you have to wait until they cool down. Heat causes the air in the tire to expand, making it seem as if the pressure is higher than it actually is, so this is an important step to follow!
Know your car’s recommended inflation pressure. Every car has a specific tire pressure (PSI) that is recommended by the manufacturer for top-notch performance. To find your car’s proper PSI, read your owner’s manual or look at the inside of your driver’s side door. It should be listed there. Normally, it’s around 35 PSi, give or take.
Use your tire pressure gauge properly. Checking your tire pressure is a waste of time if it’s inaccurate, so it’s important to make sure you’re using your tire gauge properly. If there’s a hissing sound when you attach it to the tire valve, you’re releasing air and not receiving a proper reading, so change the angle the gauge is at. If you don’t feel like you can check the tire pressure yourself, take it in to your local tire shop. They are normally willing to do this for you for free, especially if you bought the tires there.
If you follow these steps and check your tire pressure regularly, your car is sure to get you where you need to go safely. For any more information on tires, contact the Bakersfield Mitsubishi service center today!