How to Check Tire Pressure
Tires are a crucial component of your vehicle. Making sure they’re properly inflated while you make your way around Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland, will help keep your vehicle in peak condition.
Properly inflated tires will last longer, have quicker steering response, and give you better fuel efficiency. So, to make sure you’re getting the most out of your tires, our team at Nissan of Mobile have put together this guide on how to check tire pressure.
Checking Tire Pressure
Once you know the procedure, checking tire pressure is a simple and straightforward process.
To start off, you’ll need a pressure gauge. There are two different kinds of gauges available, digital and standard. Gauges can usually be found at your local auto parts store. Having your own personal pressure gauge is usually best. The ones available at gas station air pumps are exposed to the most wear and tear and may not be as accurate.
Next, you’ll need to know what the specified tire pressure is for your vehicle. This is printed on a placard, either on a doorjamb, the fuel-filler door, or on the inside of the glove compartment lid. It may also be found in your owner’s manual.
Vehicle manufacturers specify tire pressure assuming the tires are cold, so it is best to check them that way, as well. Tires are considered cold when they have been driven less than a mile or after the vehicle has been parked for up to three hours.
Once you know the PSI (pounds per square inch) recommended for your vehicle, remove the valve cap from one of your tires. Then, place your gauge on the valve stem and press down hard enough so that the hissing sound stops. If the reading you get matches the recommended PSI, you’re good to go! If not, head to your local gas station and use their air compressor to fill your tires to the specified pressure.
Signs Your Tires May Have a Leak
Understanding how to check and fill your tires is valuable. However, knowing how to spot a potential leak can not only keep your tires in great shape, but also help to ensure your safety on the road.
It’s important to check tire pressure at least once a month. This is because they tend to naturally lose around one PSI every month. However, if you fill up your tire and it begins to significantly drop in pressure within a couple of weeks or a few days, there’s a good chance it has a leak. Even if you don’t see any visible holes, it’s still possible for your tire to have a leak.
If you have reason to believe your tire has a leak, schedule a service appointment. You could also employ a clever little DIY trick that will uncover most tire leaks. Lather the tire in soapy water. After a few minutes, you should be able to see small air bubbles forming on the tire if there’s a leak. This will show you where it’s leaking from.
Even a small, seemingly insignificant, leak can become worse over time. So, if you discover a leak it’s best to see a service professional. They can decide if the tire needs to be replaced or if it can be repaired with a simple patch.
Keep Watch Over Your Tire Pressure
Now you know how to take better care of your car’s tires, you can hit the streets of Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland with the confidence that goes along with having properly inflated tires.
If you do encounter a leak or any other tire-related problems, our service team here at Nissan of Mobile will be happy to help. Schedule your service center today!