According to what we have previously said on more than one occasion, tire pressure is critical to a number of factors including our safety, the economy and fuel consumption of our car, and the environment. We should not forget about long trips, during which the weight of the vehicle tends to increase and, consequently, it is necessary to adjust the pressure of our tires.
If you drive your car a lot, it is essential that you check your tire pressure on a regular basis. This almost always involves the use of an actual tire pressure gauge, which allows you to be more accurate with your measurements. In some circumstances, you may not always have access to a tire pressure gauge.
In this article, we will look at how to check tire pressure with and without a tire pressure gauge.
- 1 How to Check Tire Pressure without a Gauge
- 2 How To Check Tire Pressure With Gauge
- 3 The Effects of Incorrect Tire Pressure
- 4 When To Check Tire Pressure?
- 5 How Do I Find The Correct Tire Pressure For My Car?
- 6 Final Thoughts – Recommended Tire Pressure
How to Check Tire Pressure without a Gauge
Usually using a gauge when inflating a tire is the best option, however, you may find yourself in a situation where you do not have a gauge. In these cases, it is necessary to check the tire pressure without a gauge. Now we will show you how.
Do not worry if you have forgotten to take the pressure gauge with you. With your hands, you can quickly and easily check tire pressure. Tire pressure is likely to be low if the tire feels soft and squishy. If the tire seems too hard when you press on it, even a little, the tire is overinflated.
Examine your tires for any abnormalities and use this information to determine your tire pressure. It is important to check tire pressure before getting behind the wheel if there is a bulge of more than one centimeter on both sides. If you notice a bulge in the tires, it is time to adjust the vehicle’s air pressure.
Weight on The Tire
It is important to note that if you add weight to your car, and the tire flexes at least 10 percent, the pressure is too low in that tire. You should keep pumping more gas into the tire until the deflection rate approaches zero percent.
How To Check Tire Pressure With Gauge
It is essential that the tires are completely cold before you start measuring tire pressure. In addition, you must perform this task with the vehicle stopped and the engine off.
With these considerations in mind, the procedures to follow to measure tire pressure are as follows:
- Carefully remove the cap.
- When connecting the pressure gauge hose to the wheel nipple, air will be heard coming out of the wheel.
- The amount of air in the tires will then be displayed on the pressure gauge, which you will be able to see.
- Compare the number displayed on the gauge with the pressure suggested by the manufacturer as appropriate for your car’s specifications.
- Adjust the amount of pressure applied or removed as necessary.
- Replace the cap.
The Effects of Incorrect Tire Pressure
- You can lose control of your vehicle if your tires are underinflated. Stability, braking distance, and the act of braking itself are affected.
- The level of comfort and ergonomics is reduced. Bump absorption is less effective in the tires.
- In this situation, there is a greater chance of tire blowout.
- When tire pressure is too high, the surface area of the tire in contact with the road decreases, and as a result, the tire’s grip on the road is reduced.
- Tires wear more quickly and unevenly, resulting in shorter tire life.
- Increased fuel consumption and consequently increased emissions, especially when tire pressure is low.
- The vehicle responds more negatively to possible unforeseen events and when performing specific movements such as turns, changes of direction, and curves.
It should be noted that some modern cars may be equipped with tire pressure monitors. The onboard system usually warns of pressure changes in these situations if they occur.
When To Check Tire Pressure?
Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month and always before a trip, according to experts.
It should also be noted that proper tire pressure varies depending on the vehicle and tire size. Manufacturers make this clear in the service manual, as well as on a label usually found on the gas cap or on the plate visible when opening the driver’s door.
There are two tire inflation pressures: one for normal driving and one for driving with the vehicle fully loaded.
How Do I Find The Correct Tire Pressure For My Car?
All vehicles have a pressure gauge that shows the proper operating pressure based on tire and load. In addition to being included in the car’s owner’s manual, this information can often be found on a sticker attached to the gas cap or driver’s door. If you do not have access to your car’s owner’s manual and cannot locate this information, you can always turn to the Internet for help.
Most passenger vehicles recommend between 32 and 35 psi. You should inspect them while they are cold because, as the tires roll down the road, the friction between them and the road produces heat, which causes tire pressure to increase as a result.
Final Thoughts – Recommended Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is one of the most important things to check before getting into a car and driving. A smooth ride is guaranteed when the pressure is kept at the proper PSI level. Having the right air in your tires, in addition to rotating them, can extend the life of your tires.
We strongly advise you to purchase a tire gauge; however, learning to estimate tire pressure by sight and feel can be helpful in situations where you do not have access to one. In any case, keep an eye on your tire pressure at all times.