How to Check Tire Pressure

How to Check Tire Pressure

how to check tire pressure

West Coast Transmission Gives Tips: How to Check Tire Pressure

It is important when owning and operating a vehicle you have the proper knowledge how to maintain it. It can be dangerous being unaware to the different procedures needed to keep it safe for the road. An unmaintained vehicle can cause harm to you, other people, and even the environment. That is why at West Cost Transmission (WCT) we are grateful for our knowledgeable staff. Our staff helps educate and assist drivers on the safety precautions for their vehicles to be safe and manageable to drive. Providing you the best customer service in a timely manner to meet your vehicle needs, is what we pride ourselves on. With our focus on meeting and exceeding our customer’s expectations we are happy to share tips on how to check tire pressure. It is caring for our customer’s wellbeing on the road that encourages us to provide this service in our transmission packages. However it can be followed up using these simple methods.

Firstly, it is important that when and how to check tire pressure you are in a controlled environment. This means we don’t advise checking it in areas or conditions that can cause harm to you or to others. If it is an emergency situation contact the proper services and make sure you are in direct eyesight of other drivers. Secondly, it is recommended that checking your car before it has been driven last can lead to a more accurate reading. When your car has been driven more than 2 kilometers the heat in your tires expands thus throwing off a proper reading.

Next in order to know how to check tire pressure you need to reference either your car’s owner manual or the driver’s side door for the standard cold tire inflation pressure. These numbers are the lowest PSI (pounds per square inch) that you would want to inflate the tires to. This information is suggested by the car manufacture.  The PSI’s can vary depending on your vehicle and your specific wheels.  Once you have access to this guide you will need an air pressure gauge. You can purchase either a traditional or digital model gauge relatively cheap to keep on hand.

To begin the process you need to unscrew the cap from the valve stem on the tire. You can locate this near the hubcap about 1” (2-3cm) long. It will look like a black pencil size extension. Once it is located press the air gauge evenly onto the valve stem and record the reading given. If you hear a hissing sound the gauge is not tight enough or properly fitted. When you readjust your tool you should get a better reading. This reading should correlate to your guide. If it doesn’t you need to add air accordingly or take it to get serviced. Routinely checking your wheels is essential. During changes in seasons and/or weather tire pressure can alter on its own. This can seem like a mundane process, but knowing how to apply these simple methods can keep you and your loved ones safe. After all where would WCT be without its loyal customers? Keep Driving safe!

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