How do I check the air on my tires?
You need to check the pressure. Better check the manual so you don't blow up your tires.
Get a nice little gauge, take off the plug on the tire and press the gauge to the valve. You need to look in the owners manual for the right about of air pressure for you tires.
- Do it regularly. Whenever your car seems to be driving a little differently. There is a number on the car inside the door on the drivers side usually, that will tell you what the tire pressure should be for your car.
- Use that number instead of the one on the tire, take the plug off and measure the pressure, if there is too much pressure let some air out, slowly and gauge again until you get it right, if you need air, use the machine at your service station or take it to your mechanic who should fill your tires for free. The one at the station takes quarters.
- Press the metal end of the hose against the valve.
- If you hear hissing, the air is coming out, press down harder. There is usually a gauge on the end of the hose that will give a good estimate of the pressure.
- The right pressure is important for gas mileage and steering.
Most gas stations have air and water available for self service. There is a gauge on the air valve that you use to add the air. When you hit the air into your tire this gauge will show the pressure measurement in your tire right now. I count on the service technician to check when I take the car in for regular service. The service professionals will recommend new tires and you can watch for wear in the grooves of the treads. I check the air when I feel the car is driving a bit different, wobbling on turns, feeling the bumps in the road a bit more. This is probably too late already, and it can be more than low air. You also need to have the tires aligned. The steering wheel may shake a bit when your wheels are out of alignment. It is a good idea to check the air before a long road trip. Usually the air pressure is written on the side of the tire. Also the tech will leave a tag inside the door after service and this should tell you the air pressure. range. I am going to check this with Nick .
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