Tips For Checking Tire Pressure
With springtime comes temperature fluctuations, which can be just as rough on your car as it is annoying to get dressed every morning. One of the mechanical aspects of your vehicle most affected by the weather shift is tires. It’s important to regularly check your vehicle’s tire pressure and fill it to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI to avoid hazards like slipping on damp roads or a full-on blow-out. If your tires are in need of more extensive maintenance, bring your vehicle down to Lakewood Ford in Lakewood, WA.
For the purposes of the following guidelines, we recommend you have a tire pressure gauge, an air compressor, and a pad of paper with a pen.
Park for 3+ Hours
When checking tire pressure, it is best to begin with cold tires. This means you should park your car and leave it in place for three hours or more before checking the PSI. Why? When you are driving your vehicle, the tire tread on your tires, which provides the necessary grip to prevent your vehicle from slipping, creates friction with the road. This friction heats up the tires and causes them to expand.
Write Down Recommended PSI
Check the owner’s manual of your vehicle before you use the tire pressure gauge. The owner’s manual should tell you the manufacturer’s recommended specifications for the PSI. Sometimes the recommended PSI will be different for the front and rear tires, which is where the pad of paper comes in; write down the PSI for each tire so you don’t get confused.
This step is easy enough. Now that you’ve done the prep work, it’s easy to use the tire pressure gauge to check the air pressure in each tire. Compare the numbers on the gauge to the recommended PSI.
Fill to Recommended PSI
If any of your tires are below the recommended PSI, use the air compressor to fill the tires to manufacturer specifications. A note: if you don’t have the time to let your tires “cool,” set it to 4 PSI above factory recommended settings and then recheck your tires after they’ve had time to cool.