Garage equipment, Automotive repair and maintenance

Check your tire air pressure once a month

Incorrect air pressure is the leading cause of tire damage. To avoid tire damage you need to check your tire’s air pressure once a month.

The correct tire pressure can be found in the following places:

  • in the car’s owner manual
  • gas tank lid
  • driver’s side door’s edge
  • door post

The air pressure listed on the side of your tire is NOT the correct air pressure for your vehicle. That number is the maximum air pressure for the tire.

Don’t get stranded and avoid costly towing expenses. Check your air pressure on your spare regularly. Note: If you have different rims than came on your vehicle originally, make sure that the bolts on your spare tire are the correct fitting.

Failure to keep your tires properly inflated can increase wear and will have a negative effect on your vehicles handling.

When checking and adjusting tire pressure, the following should be kept in mind:

  • Check the air pressure when the tire is cold – tires become hot even after driving just a mile. If you must drive to add air, check your air pressure before you leave. Air pressure changes 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change. Air pressure goes up in warm weather and down in cold weather.
  • Tire pressure must be the same on the tires of each axle, but may be different on the front and rear axle.
  • Valve caps must be tightly closed to protect the valve from dust and dirt and prevent it from leaking.
  • Replace missing valve caps without delay.

Take this opportunity to inspect your tires to make sure there are no punctures and they are free of deformities.

All tires require constant air pressure to equally carry the weight of the vehicle.Correct tire pressure is a definite requirement in order to assure dependable handling, consistent traction and tire life.

Seasonal temperatures change the air pressure in tires. Cold winter weather will cause the tire pressure to drop. Warm summer temperatures will cause the air pressure to increase. Rule of thumb is a swing in temperature by 10 degrees will cause a 1 lb. change in air pressure, so check your tire pressure as temperatures change, as well as periodically throughout the year.

Check the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, which can be found in the owner’s manual or on the vehicle placard found in the glove compartment or in the armrest compartment in most cars.

We recommend a good quality air pressure gauge to be kept in your vehicle at all times. Air gauges found at service stations are used daily and may not always record accurate air pressure. By purchasing your own tire pressure gauge, you will always receive consistent readings when you check your tire pressure.


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