How to Check Tire Pressure

How to Check Tire Pressure

From keeping a firm grip on the road to extending the time between fuel ups, knowing how to check tire pressure is a useful skill.

Here at Key Cars, we want every driver to get the most out of our lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs. That’s why created this easy-to-use guide to tire pressure. Continue reading to learn how to maintain a smooth ride while exploring Milford, Manchester, and Middletown!

How to Check Tire Pressure

Why Check Your Tire Pressure?

Having a good set of wheels makes actions like steering and braking a lot easier to manage. So, once properly outfitting your vehicle, we recommend you check your tire pressure at least once per month.

If you live in a climate with all four seasons, you should anticipate a fluctuation in your PSI levels throughout the year. While filling up each tire, it’s not a bad idea to inspect each tire for any signs of wear or damage caused by debris.

Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine how you should set each tire’s PSI level. This information can also be found by looking inside the driver’s side door well. Most passenger vehicles require a level between 32 to 35 PSI.

How to Check Tire Pressure

How to Check Tire Pressure

For the most accurate result, we recommend checking your tire pressure during the coolest part of the day. You should also avoid driving, as friction from the road can cause your tires to expand.

If you do plan to check at home, make sure your vehicle is parked in a level spot. We recommend investing in a digital PSI gauge, which you can find at any auto parts store. Most gas and service stations also provide an air pump with a built-in gauge for extra convenience.

Remove the screw top before placing the gauge firmly over the tire nozzle. You might hear a bit air escape, which is perfectly normal. If the tire’s pressure is low, use the air pump to fill to the recommended level.

It’s very important to not overinflate your tires. Not only do overinflated tires make it harder to steer, they also can cause your treads and sidewalls to prematurely wear down.

How to Check Tire Pressure

What is TPMS?

Most modern vehicles are equipped with a TPMS or “Tire Pressure Monitoring System”. This bit of technology constantly monitors the air pressure in your tires. If the PSI level in at least one of your tires falls below a safe level, a visual alert will show up on your vehicle’s dashboard.

This symbol most closely resembles an exclamation point within a horseshoe. The moment you notice this alert, head to the nearest gas or service station and check your tires. Should this symbol pop up again, it might mean one of your tires has a slow leak.

Schedule a Tire Inspection Today!

Now that you know how to check tire pressure, make sure you stay on top of your vehicle’s health by scheduling maintenance at Key Cars.

Serving drivers throughout Milford, Manchester, and Middletown, we can keep you safe for the long road ahead.

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