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How to Check Tyre Pressure

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Maintaining proper tyre pressure is quite easy and essential for the overall tyre performance of the vehicle. Proper Tyre inflation provides you safety, better fuel efficiency, fewer chances to fail at high speed and provide a smoother ride.

Improper Inflated tyres touch the road surface that increases friction which leads to overheating, premature wear, blowouts and tyre failure. Make sure you check the pressure of the tyre monthly for long tyre life, safety and optimum fuel consumption.

Overinflated or underinflated tyres will affect on negatively on handling, cornering, and brakes while driving, loses stability, increases stopping distance, and cost you heavily. So, it’s important it once a month for keeping your tyres in good condition.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO CHECK TYRE PRESSURE:

So, when did you checked the pressure of the wheel for your vehicle last time? If you didn’t check it for months then you are risking your safety and wasting fuel. The importance to maintain proper pressure in your cars’ wheel is having a smooth ride and eliminating the chances of tyre failure.

If the tyres are poorly inflated, they make car handling hard on roads and reduces your capability to accelerate, steer, brake, and corner. Also, Check whether your wheel has overinflation or underinflation wears the vehicle tyres down more rapidly because the wrong part of the vehicle come in contact with the road.

And, improper pressure in tyre enhances the rolling friction, burn and consumes more fuel which cost you heavily. Always check it while fueling up your vehicle and before going for a long journey, it’s a good habit if you check the pressure of tyre regularly every month because tyres can leak air and consume more fuel which exhausts your pocket.

Nitrogen Vs Compressed Air:

In general, mostly tyres are filled with compressed air rather than nitrogen. Now, few tyre retailers fill the nitrogen into the customer’s tyres, the nitrogen is just dry air in which oxygen is removed.

So, nitrogen acts as a substitute for oxygen, a lesser amount of air can escape the tyre, the wheel inflation pressure stays high for a long time. However, there are chances of leakage from the wheel interface, flaps, flap interface, and wheel which becomes a hindrance in maintaining the pressure in tyre for the people using nitrogen or air inflation.

If necessary then Compressed Air and Nitrogen can be mixed. The wheel can deliver the expected performance as long as the individual follows the instructions and recommended air pressure by the manufacturer.

Tools You Need To Check Tyre Pressure:

Air Compressor-

An Air compressor is used to refill the tyres to the proper pressure. The Air compressors are easily available on petrol stations which are usually free and automatically fill the wheel pressure as per requirement. Portable Air compressor is also available in auto part store but we recommend you to visit a petrol station.

Tyre Pressure Gauge-

 Tyre Pressure Gauge

The Pressure of tyre Gauge is used to check the pressure in tyre which will give you an accurate result. The accurate pressure in tyre gauge will provide you with accurate readings, so ask a professional before buying a gauge.

Basically, there are two types of gauge to check the pressure in tyre which are Digital gauge and Standard gauge. A digital gauge requires the battery to operate which means you need to replace the battery timely for an accurate result, Standard gauge is the best option due to no battery requirement.

Make sure the tyres are cold:

Tyres are cold when they are parked for a minimum of three hours or more, or driven less than 2km at moderate speed. Cold Tyres can be used to check the pressure in tyres and best for inflating. You can go to the nearby petrol station for inflation and also check the pressure of tyre.

Here are three steps to check the tyre pressure of your Vehicle:

STEP 1:

Check Your Vehicle Recommended Tyre Pressure:

The first step to check it is to know about the optimum pressure in tyre which is recommended by the manufacturer for your vehicle. The information related to tyre pressure is given on the driver’s side door frame, in the car manual, inside the fuel flap or maybe in the glove box.

If you can’t find the manufacturer-recommended pressure then you should ask your vehicle manufacturer, dealer, or wheel professionals to help you out. Always remember to check the pressure in your wheel before setting off for a long journey, heavy baggage, and extra passengers because they require high pressure.

STEP 2:

Check Your Vehicle Actual Tyre Pressure:

In this Step you are well aware of the recommended pressure tyre for your vehicle, now you have to check your vehicle’s actual wheel pressure. You can visit any petrol station as they have automatic tyre inflation and simply just set up the required pressure of tyre in PSI or kPa unit, then fix the lead to the flap of each of the rims.

After fixing the lead to the flap, the machine will do rest on its own. There might be possibilities of non-availability of automatic machine, the pressure tyre should be added or removed and then checked with a pressure of tyre gauge.

STEP 3:

Now, Fill up your Vehicle Tyre Pressure:

Tyre Pressure

In this step, you will have to refill the tyres as per the recommended pressure by the manufacturer. The process of refilling is a little different which is based on the type of air compressor used by you. You can check & follow the steps which are right for you, also carefully follow the instructions given on the air compressor.

  1. As per the first step, you should set the pressure of tyre which is recommended by your manufacturer, and if the air compressor allows you to set the required pressure then enter the accurate EPA given by the manufacturer. Moreover, if your vehicle is driven more than 2km, and tyres are heated, then we suggest you increase the pressure by 20-50 kPA.
  2. Remove the flap cap from the tyre.
  3. Attach the air compressor tube to the flap stem. Must ensure that you push the tube so that air can’t leak from while the tyre is filling.
  4. Press on the handle to fill the tyre. In the case of an automatic tyre compressor, just hold down the handle until you hear the sound of the beep. The beep sound indicates that your tyre is filled up to the required pressure. But, in the case of a standard air compressor, you will have to press the handle and allow the air into the tyre in short outbursts, check pressure of tyre timely, and repeat as required.
  5. Remember that the air compressors available in the petrol station could be inaccurate, so we advise you to check the pressure of tyre with your own air compressor to ensure that pressure is perfect.

After refilling the tyre, if you find the tyre is overinflated then release a small amount of air by turning the flap cap around and then pushing on the flap core, or by using your fingernail. And, if you found the tyre is underinflated, then again attach the tube and refill the tyre, and insignificantly increase the required kPA. In the end, check the pressure in tyre is properly inflated after finishing the refilling. Generally, Mechanics check the pressure of tyre while servicing your car but you can also try to check the pressure of tyre monthly on your own.

So, This is all you need to know about checking the pressure in tyre . If you are facing any problem then feel free to contact us, enjoy the best quality and affordable services for your car. 

Mukesh choudhary
Mukesh choudhary
Age may offer experience but my passion for cars brings me expertise. I am extremely good at one thing and that's writing about cars.

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