Tire Pressure


Learn the right way to check your tire pressure.

Maintaining the proper amount of pressure in your tires will save you both time and money on maintenance and gas.

Checking your tire pressure is something you need to do quite often. Ideally, you should check your tire pressure every month and anytime they appear to be a bit low. Also, any time you intend to drive more than normal (such as on a road trip) you should check your tire pressure prior to leaving and make sure they have the proper amount of air.

The first thing you need in order to check the tire pressure is a tire pressure gauge. You can purchase a tire pressure gauge at any car parts store or most gas stations. Next, it is important to know the amount of pressure your tires should have. This information can be found either in the owner’s manual of your car, or some cars have this information on the driver’s side door jamb. Now that you have this information, you are ready to check your tire pressure.

Begin by unscrewing the cap on the tire air valve and press the tire pressure gauge on it. Keep the tire pressure gauge held firmly against the air valve so all of the air is released into the gauge. Immediately upon pressing the gauge down on the valve, the gauge will read the tire pressure.

If the tires are filled to the correct amount, you simply need to remove the gauge and screw the cap back onto the air valve. If the number is low, you will need to put more air into your tires. Make sure not to overfill your tires!

If you ever have any questions regarding your tire pressure, be sure to call or visit your local Brake Masters®.

When your tires have the right amount of air pressure, they wear longer and you will save fuel.