There are few things that can throw a wrench in your next drive quicker than a flat tire. Fortunately, as long as Centennial, Aurora, and Denver drivers stay up to date on their routine tire maintenance, particularly checking the pressure frequently, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Checking tire pressure is quite an easy task and one that the Mile High Honda team is happy to help you perform. Read through this guide to discover how you can check your tire pressure from home and when you should do it.
Checking Your Tire Pressure in 5 Simple Steps
With just a few minutes of your time and five simple steps, you can easily check your tire pressure at the gas station or right at home. Here’s how to do it.
- Read your owner’s manual.
There’s a section in every owner’s manual just on tires. Here, you’ll find a reference on the appropriate PSI (pounds per square inch of pressure) for your car’s tires. Different PSI levels are needed for different temperature levels, so be sure to look closely.
- Make sure your tires are cold.
You’ll only get an accurate pressure reading if your tires are cold. This means that they have been sitting for about three hours or so. At that time, you can use the gauge on the air compressor at your nearest gas station or use a home air pressure gauge (they can be found at almost any auto parts store).
- Take off the valve cap.
To get started, you need to press the gauge down onto the valve stem hard. You’ll know it’s ready for a reading when you can no longer hear the telltale hiss of air escaping the tire.
- Write down PSI levels.
You’ll likely get different readings for the front and rear tires. Be sure to write down the levels for each so that you can inflate accurately.
- Give your tires air.
After you have the appropriate PSI levels from the manual as well as current readings, you can begin filling your tires with air.
Be Sure to Check Tire Pressure Often
Having incorrect air pressure levels can really affect the performance of your tires, as well as their safety. Over-inflated tires are more likely to pop (which can lead to an accident) and under-inflated tires will wear down at an accelerated rate. The results of both can be quite costly.
To ensure you tire are always at the right PSI levels, check the air in them monthly. Filling them up only requires five minutes of your time, so this bit of minor upkeep shouldn’t be a hassle.
Is It Time for Tire Maintenance?
Checking your tire pressure and filling up your set regularly is one very helpful way to extend their life. However, beyond that, Centennial, Aurora, and Denver drivers still must perform some additional maintenance.
Whenever your tires need work, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Mile High Honda team. Contact us online or over the phone to schedule your next maintenance appointment today!