Some of us are too busy to even check the condition of our wheels before we head out to our office,
schools, or trips. However, not checking your tire’s pressure condition can lead you to an unsafe
experience on the road. The right amount of pressure put in a tire will make your ride smooth sailing
and wouldn’t cause bgger hassle to the driver and the passenger.
Your car has a sticker located on the driver-side door jamb that indicates the proper inflation level of
your car’s wheels. If you can’t see it there, your vehicle’s manual surely has it indicated. You may be
confident in not checking your tire’s condition because looking at it, it wouldn’t seem to be visibly flat.
However, you must use a tire pressure gauge to actually know the correct pound per square inch (psi)
reading of the tire’s pressure.
Tips in filling your tires
Before filling your tires, make sure the weather it is cold for a more accurate psi reading. Higher
temperature can cause a higher psi reading. Try finding shades or less hot places to check on your tires’
psi reading. In filling the wheels, here’re what you should be doing (DeGraff):
In the shade or just away from the heat as possible, pull your car in a level surface.
The tires’ valve stems must be removed
Firmly press the tip of the tire gauge on the tire’s valve stem for a brief moment
If the tire gauge provides a psi indicating unrealistically low or high reading, you will need to
repeat the previous step, ensuring that the gauge is attached properly to the valve stem.
If the psi reading is higher than the manufacturer-recommended rating, press the gauge tip on
the valve stem until air leaks out. Check tire pressure again.
If the psi reading is lower than recommended, start filling your tire with air. To fill it, firmly press
the air-hose tip to the valve stem. If you hear air leaking or spraying out, double check the
connection of the hose and the valve stem, and make sure they’re secure
Check the pressure few times after filling of letting out air to ensure accurate reading.
Replace the valve dust caps.
If you do not have the right equipment for filling or simply checking your tire’s pressure, better bring
them to the nearest mechanic that can diagnose your car more properly. However, never drive on a flat
tire as it is very dangerous.
Make sure to do these steps regularly. It wouldn’t only help you maintain your tire’s condition properly
but it would also save you from bigger spending on car mishaps due to tire failures.