How to Check Tire Pressure
Keeping tabs on the well-being of your vehicle is an important aspect of maintaining long-term performance. Our team at Pat Peck Honda wants to help drivers around Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi do just that, so we’ve created this article on how to check your tire pressure. Along with learning how to monitor tire pressure, we’ll also be discussing some signs that your tires are leaking or need to be replaced.
Remember, if you still have questions after reading through this article, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly service team!
Checking Your Tire Pressure
Checking your tire pressure is a pretty straightforward process that anyone can do, either at home, or at your local gas station.
First, you’ll need a pressure gauge. Secondly, you’ll need to know what the tire pressure for your vehicle’s wheels should be. You can often find this out by looking on the driver side door or checking the owner’s manual. Different models have different ranges of preferred tire pressure depending on variables like size, design, material, and performance. If, for instance, you do a lot of off-roading, the tire pressure in your wheels may be different than less adventurous models.
Once you have your gauge and know what tire pressure your wheel should be at, simply remove the valve cap from the tire you want to check and press the gauge onto the tire valve stem. If you do this correctly, the hissing sound from air leaking out of the valve stem should stop, and your gauge should present you with a reading.
If this reading matches the recommended tire pressure for your car, you’re in good shape! Even so, it’s a good idea to check all your tires, and check them regularly. This will help you be sure your tires aren’t losing air.
Signs my Tire Needs to be Repaired
Understanding how to check your tire pressure and fill your tires with the appropriate amount of air is valuable for all drivers. While your tires should remain at that pressure for a long time after filling them up, this isn’t always the case. Even without the presence of obvious holes, tires can still leak air.
If you fill your tires with air and find that they begin to lose pressure within a couple weeks, there’s a good possibility that your tires have a leak. You can quickly, and easily, pinpoint where this leak is coming from, however.
What you’ll need to do is lather your entire tire in soapy water. After doing this, wait a couple minutes, and you should see small air bubbles forming on the tire. This indicates where the leak is occurring. While it may not seem like a significant amount of air escaping, over time this leak can become more pronounced, so it’s a good idea to take it into the shop and have your tires repaired.
Keep an Eye on Your Cars Tire Pressure
Now that you’re an expert at checking tire pressure, you can confidently tackle the open roads around Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi. If you locate a leak, though, and want to get it repaired, just contact Pat Peck Honda and we’ll schedule you an appointment at our modernized service center!