Making sure your tires are properly inflated pays many dividends. Besides keeping you safe and giving you a more comfortable drive, better tire inflation can also improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3%!
Safety, maneuverability and fuel economy? Yes, proper tire inflation can have a huge impact. Wise drivers would be best served to keep this in mind and maintain regular checks of their tire pressure.
At Corwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, located here in Fargo, ND, our friendly service staff will be happy to check your tires for you and make sure they have the proper PSI. But this is also a task you can easily do on your own, and we're here to provide you with a step-by-step guide!
Before you get started, you'll need a tire pressure gauge and air compressor, which you can find at any auto parts store for a relatively low cost. If you'd rather not buy your own, you should be able to find an air machine at your local gas or service station. Wherever you go, you'll want to check your driver manual to find the proper PSI level for each tire. Are you ready? Let's go!
Tire Pressure Check Steps
1. After finding out the right PSI for each tire, park your car. It's important to make sure your car has cooled down because heat expands air and can skew the readings.
2. Remove the caps on all the tire valve stems. You should be able to easily pull these off.
3. Using the pressure gauge, measure the current level in each tire and match them up with the recommended PSI. Note how much each tire will need. If any tires are at their recommended level, you can put their caps back on the valve stems.
4. With the air compressor, start filling the tires by placing the hose over the valve stems. Stop when you've reached the necessary levels. Over-inflated tires will wear out faster, so try to avoid this situation.
5. After the tires are filled, re-check their PSI with the pressure gauge. Adjust as needed, and you can even let air out if necessary.
And you're done! That wasn't so bad was it? Now that you've made it this far and your tires are properly inflated, try to stay on top of this routine every month or so. Once you get in the habit of checking your tire pressure regularly, this process will seem like a walk in the park.