Maintaining Correct Tire Pressure

Maintaining the correct tire pressure is paramount for maintaining your vehicle's safety as well as for getting the best gas mileage, whether you are riding on a discount tire or brand new ones. Maintaining the correct tire pressure for your car isn't difficult and is something you can make a part of your regular car care. All you'll need is a tire pressure gauge, which you should be able to buy at any tire discounter.

The first thing you'll need to do is determine the correct tire pressure for your car. In general, this information can be found on the inside of your car door, on a sticker. You can also generally find your car's correct tire pressure in the owner manual. If you aren't able to find the information there, check the tire itself. Most discount tire shops will have a booklet that lists the recommended tire pressure for the tire. Keep in mind that the number listed on the tire itself is a maximum range, not the actual recommended range. A good rule of thumb is to consider that many American tires for passenger cars recommend a range of 32 to 35 psi (pounds per square inch).

Now that you know the correct tire pressure for your car, use the pressure gauge to measure the pressure in each of the tires. Make sure that the tires are cold before you check the pressure. Any heat from the weather or caused by friction from the road can inflate your air pressure, leading you to miscalculate the correct tire pressure.

You want the pressure in each tire to be roughly the same. If the tire pressure is too low, you'll want to fill it to be within the recommended range. If the tire pressure is too high, release the air by pressing the tire valve stem. You can use your tire gauge to release the pressure.

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