One can’t tell just by looking at a tire if it needs air, kicking also won’t tell. It is the responsibility of the car owner to check the car tire and add air in it on monthly basis.
Follow the directions to know how to inflate tires.
- Tire-pressure Gauge
- Gas Station or Garage with Pressurized Air
Visit a garage or a gas station that has the facility of pressurized air with a gauge.
Park the car in a manner so that you reach all the tires with the air pipe.
Look for the air pressure specifications for the vehicle’s tires. There is a sticker pasted at the driver’s side door, in the trunk or in the glove compartment.
The plastic cap on the air valve has to be unscrewed. Put it in a safe place so that it will not get lost.
The air pressure has to be now checked, use tire-pressure gauge at the air pump of the gas station or you own. The gauge has to be pressed against the valve held down in a firm manner. If a hissing sound is heard, then the air is leaking. It has to be pressed harder.
Now add air is required. While squeezing the lever on the end of the hose, the air pump hose has to be pressed on the valve.
Use the gauge to check the air pressure. The one on the air pump hose can also be used.
The tires have to be deflated if they are accidently overfilled. The small needle in the center of the valve has to be pressed to let the air out. Most of the tire-pressure gauges have a small knob for this purpose. However a pen or a fingernail will also work.
Tips and Caution
- If the tires need air every time they are checked, the tire shop can be asked to inspect if there is any leak present.
- A tire-pressure gauge of good quality should be kept in the car’s glove compartment. The cost of a good electronic one is about $20 only.
- Remember to check the spare tire and air can be added as required.
- The tire’s sidewall should not be looked for air-pressure specifications because it lists the maximum air pressure for tire.
- A tire-pressure gauge should always be used for getting a correct air pressure. The tires should not be over or under-inflated.
- If you have a hid of checking the tire’s air pressure every month, there will definitely be a good gas pump that has an air pressure conveniently located.
Now it’s time to enjoy reduced tire wear, improved fuel economy and above all, a safe drive.