When was the last time you checked the tire pressure on your vehicle?
It might be time to take a look at them. The pressure of your tires determines their wear, so keeping them at the correct pressure can help your car tires last longer, and this will save you money. You’ll also get better fuel economy performance.
Driving on tires that have low air pressure wears down the tread on the outside, which will cause more friction between the tire and the road and this will put more strain on the vehicle. This is when gas mileage can drop. The lower the tire, the greater the damage and the lower the fuel economy.
The ideal tire pressure for your vehicle
If you use your car often, check the tire pressure once a month. If your car has been sitting idle for an extended period of time, check the tire pressure before driving, as tires will often go flat if not used. You should also check the tire pressure before going on a long trip.
Although we often rely on our car’s warning lights, keep in mind that in this case, the light will only come on if your car has a tire pressure warning system on your vehicle. Your best option might be to manually check the tires on your car and not depend on your vehicle to tell you that there is a problem. Use a caliper, as the appearance of the tire may not change even with low pressure.
The recommended pressure can be found in two places: on the driver’s side door and in the owner’s manual. Tire pressure is marked in pounds per square inch (psi). A typical 14-inch or 15-inch passenger car tire needs 34 psi, unless the tire is low-profile or specialty tires. Truck tires vary and may need up to 45 psi.
How to check the tire pressure?
Once you find the right pressure for your tires on the vehicle door, unscrew the valve caps on each tire. Place a pressure gauge on the valve stem and hold it firmly. This instrument will indicate the current tire pressure. If they have low pressure, blow them up as soon as possible.
Air pumps for your tires
You can find air pumps at most gas stations, but have some money ready, because while some air pumps are free, others can charge you up to a dollar. You can also buy a small electric air pump and store it in the trunk. Some air pumps run on only 110 volts, but you may find an air pump that works with your car’s cigarette lighter.
When you put air in the tires, push the air hose onto the valve. Wait until you hear the hiss of air going into the tire. If the air hose has a built-in gauge, release the pressure until the gauge pops out. If you still don’t have enough air, push the hose back onto the valve stem.
Keep in mind that if you don’t put enough pressure on the air hose, you will let the air out of the tires. And conversely, if you find that it has too much air, which is also not good, you can let some pressure escape.