When it comes to car maintenance, tire pressure is one of the most important things to keep an eye on. Proper tire pressure can mean the difference between a safe and comfortable ride, or a dangerous accident waiting to happen. Luckily for you, we’ve created this guide which will show you how to check your vehicle’s tire pressure with ease!
Start with cold tires
When checking the air pressure in the tires, try to do it when the tires are cold or two to three hours after you’ve driven, remember that proper tire inflation extends the life of the tire helps your car handle better and more safely, and helps save money on fuel costs. It’s also recommended that you check the tire pressure on your vehicle every other time you fill-up with gas.
Check tire pressure
To make sure the tires have the proper inflation you need an air compressor. You’ll start it out before checking the tires. If you don’t have an air compressor, most gas stations have Arivale audible, but the snag there is they’re now charging for the air, which to me seems wrong. Somehow the maximum air pressure for a tire will be located on the sidewall of the tire. And it shouldn’t be inflated past this number. The operating pressure for a tire is the number I’m after, and it will be located in the vehicle’s owner’s manual or on a tag on the driver’s side door.
What I want to do is adjust the pressure in the tires to the operating pressure. The correct operating pressure for RAV4 is 33 PSI. Each tire has a valve stem and the valve stem has a plastic cap that I’ll remove. So I can add air to the tire if needed inside the stem is a valve core with a one-way plunger that allows air into the tire, but keeps air from escaping about core threads into the valve stem. And if I did need to let some air out, notice that I can push on the tip of the valve core to let the air out of the tire.
The tire gauge I have is a mechanical one that will make your tire pressure in one PSI increment. It has a rounded inlet. And what I want to do is keep the inlet parallel with the top of the valve stem, then push the inlet over the valve SIM firmly to get a reading on a gauge after checking the tire pressure with the gauge. Be sure to push the scale back into the gauge before checking the tire pressure again. If the tire is low on pressure, I’ll take the airchecks connected to the air hose from the compressor and add air to the tire. When adding air to the tire, try to push the air, Chuck onto the stem straight to where you don’t hear air leaking when inflating the tire.
I’ll alternate between adding air and checking the tire pressure with the gauge until I get the tire to the proper inflation. Okay. If I had a bit too much air to the tire, I can use the knob that is on the back of the gauge inlet to let a little air out of the tire, by pushing the knob onto the tip of the valve core. After I get the tire properly inflated, I’ll replace the cap and move on to the other tires.
The end result is a safe and comfortable ride. If you follow these steps, your tires will be up to date with the latest safety standards! Maintaining proper tire pressure not only ensures that your vehicle’s performance remains optimal, but also enhances the overall driving experience by maintaining an even tread wear pattern.