How to Properly Adjust Your Tires’ PSI

Before you start filling the air in your tires, it’s important to measure the current pressure in your tires. Remove the cover from your tire valve, and then put the gauge in the valve, as if you’re filling the tire with air. Most inexpensive gauges will have a stick that will come out, read the number on the stick, and then compare it to the desired tire pressure. If the reading is higher than the desired pressure, you can empty some of the air by turning the gauge just a little, which will allow the air to exit the tire. Empty a little air, and then perform another reading, and repeat the process as needed.

How to Properly Adjust Your Tires’ PSI

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One of the keys to maintaining healthy tires is having the correct tire pressure in all four tires. Tire pressure is easily affected by weather temperature. The hot weather temperature inflates the tires, while the cold weather temperature deflates them. It is important to maintain even tire pressure in all four tires, or else you can critically affect your tires’ tread, as well as the fuel consumption. If you own a modern car, your tires will be equipped with a device called TPMS, which stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This device is located inside your tires, which is designed to tell you when your tire pressure is off. However, if you own an older vehicle, you may need to perform monthly tire pressure check-ups. Having the proper tire pressure evenly in all four tires can save you a good sum of money on the long run. It is a good investment to keep a tire pressure gauge in your car. This allows you to easily check your tire pressure, make a quick stop at any gas station, and refill you’re the air in your tires for free. Read on to learn how to find the correct tire pressure for your specific car and how to adjust it properly.

Tools Required:

Tire pressure gauge

Step 1 – Find correct PSI

No matter what kind of car you own, there are two places that are guaranteed to lead you to the correct psi for your specific car. The first and more obvious place is on the tire itself. If you look around the tire, you will find the desired psi for your tires.
The second place is in the driver’s doorjamb. Locate the placard in the doorjamb, which will give you all the desired information regarding your tires.

Step 2 – Measure tire pressure

Before you start filling the air in your tires, it’s important to measure the current pressure in your tires.
Remove the cover from your tire valve, and then put the gauge in the valve, as if you’re filling the tire with air. Most inexpensive gauges will have a stick that will come out, read the number on the stick, and then compare it to the desired tire pressure.
If the reading is higher than the desired pressure, you can empty some of the air by turning the gauge just a little, which will allow the air to exit the tire. Empty a little air, and then perform another reading, and repeat the process as needed.

Step 3 – Refill tires with air

If your tire pressure is lower than the desired pressure, use the air machine at any gas station to refill the tire with air.
Simply put the air nozzle into the tire’s valve, and squeeze the handle to fill it with air. Most gas stations will have a nozzle that will read the pressure when you let go of the lever, so fill it with a little air, stop, and then read the pressure. Repeat the procedure as needed until you reach your desired pressure.

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