Many motorist tend to neglect their tires, especially when it comes to maintaining the correct air pressure. Under or over inflation pressure in the long run can lead to alignment problem. Inaccurate pressure will also cause your tires to wear out much faster. Furthermore, it can cause blow-out, skidding and other handling problems. This is one case where an ounce of prevention will save a whole lot down the road. Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month with a quality tire gauge. If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.
Tools: Tire pressure gauge
Always use a quality tire pressure gauge.
Check the size of the tires to see if it matches the size on the sticker on the driver's side door. If it does, you can use the information on the side door to set the pressure.
All tires have a Maximum Inflation printed onto the side wall of the tire. Never exceed this pressure.
Check all four tires. If you find pressures that are too high, slowly release a small amount at a time until you have the correct pressure. If the pressure is too low, it is important to get to the garage as soon as possible (unless the tire is flat, in which case you should not drive the car as you could damage the side walls). Never over inflate a tire because it looks low on air. Front tires often look low due to the fact that most cars now are front wheel drive. Use a gauge to confirm inflation. If it is OK, leave it alone.
Tires are best checked when they are cold. Within a few miles of driving.
After filling the air, check the tire pressure again. Sometimes the front pressure is not the same as the rear.
Check the condition of the side walls for deep nicks or cuts. Also look for bulging of the side wall or ballooning, and immediately replace any tire with such problems.