Proper Tire Inflation


Proper Tire Inflation          Tires are an integral part of your vehicle. They allow for movement, absorb shock from the road surface, and remove water as they spin to prevent sliding. Properly inflated tires are an important part of any car’s maintenance routine. In fact the majority of people either never check the air pressure level of their tires or not often enough. As a result they find themselves with blown tires, premature tire wear, and lowered gas mileage. Follow these steps to keep your tires properly inflated during all times of the year.

Step 1

Tire Pressure GaugeCheck your tire pressure level at least once per month. Ideally you should check it once every two weeks. This will ensure that you catch any loss or movement in pressure due to temperature changes or air leaks within the tire. As the outside temperature changes so too does the pressure inside your tire. As the temperature increases your tire pressure will increase. As the temperature decreases your tire pressure will decrease as well. This is why in winter your tire pressure goes down and raises in the summer, assuming you have not changed the pressure yourself.

Step 2

Make sure to adjust the tire pressure according to the temperature changes in step one above. Keep your tire pressure during each check at the vehicle’s recommended pressure setting. Use an air hose attached to the tire’s valve stem to add air if the tire is low, or depress the pin in the center of the schrader valve to remove air from the tire if there is too much.

Step 3

Tires filled with nitrogenFill your tires with nitrogen instead of air if you can afford the extra cost of filling up at a nitrogen fill station. Pure nitrogen expands less than air given the same amount of temperature fluctuations. Also nitrogen leaks through the tire rubber at a slower rate than air does. This combination means that with nitrogen you will have to change your tire pressures much less often. This saves time and effort on your part.

Step 4

Each tire has a maximum PSI rating listed somewhere on the sidewall of the tire. This max psi should not be exceeded when pumping your tires. The max psi rating is listed to protect the tire from rupturing. Never inflate a tire past this manufacturer’s limit.

Additional Advice

                   Some cheap non digital tire pressure gauges are not very accurate. It is recommended to get a tire pressure gauge that has a certain accuracy ensured so that you are confident in your tire pressure readings.

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