How To Check Your Tire Pressure

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It's important to make sure that your vehicle's tires are filled with the proper amount of air. If they are overinflated or underinflated you could have a larger problem on your hand, including a popped tire, premature treadwear, and improper handling. These problems can be better avoided by checking your tire pressure frequently to ensure that your tires are properly inflated. This process is quick and easy and extremely inexpensive, if not completely free.

What You'll Need To Check Your Tire Pressure

  • Tire Pressure Gauge - These can be found at an auto parts store, like our Keith Hawthorne Hyundai of Gastonia parts department, and come in either digital or standard.
  • Air Compressor - You can find air compressors at auto parts stores as well, with some that run off of a battery and some that require a 12-volt power port. You can also find air compressors with tire pressure gauges at most gas stations. These will charge you anywhere from zero to one dollar to use.
  • Pen And Paper - In case you need to write down each tire's PSI.

Steps To Check Your Tire Pressure

  • Determine the manufacturer's recommended PSI - Each vehicle has a different recommended PSI, or pounds per square inch of pressure. You can normally find this number on the driver's side door jamb or in your owner's manual. Sometimes vehicles require a different pressure for front and rear tires. This is where you're pen and paper come in handy.
  • Check the tire pressure with the gauge - Remove the valve cap for only one of your tires and then place the tire pressure gauge onto the valve stem. You must press down until the hiss sound can't be heard and the gauge starts to provide you with a reading. Write down the reading on each tire, replacing the valve caps as you go, until you have all four tire readings.
  • Fill to the recommended PSI - Using the air compressor, either let out air or input air until the pressure matches the recommended PSI. Once they're all full, you're good to go!

If you have any questions about the tire pressure process, feel free to contact us or stop by our Keith Hawthorne Hyundai of Gastonia dealership today!

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