Guide To Inflating Car Tires
Full-service gas stations belonged to the past. One cannot judge if the tires need air just by looking at them or even by kicking them because they are not cycle tires. It is a person’s responsibility to check and add air in tires every month.
- A garage or gas station that has a facility of Pressurized Air
- A Tire Pressure gauge
First, one has to go to a garage or gas station that has a facility of pressurized air with a gauge.
The car should be parked in such a way that one can reach all the four tires with the air hose.
The air-pressure specifications of the car's tires have to be found. There is a sticker located on the door jamb of driver's side, trunk or in the glove box.
The plastic cap on the air valve would have to be unscrewed. It should be put in the pocket so it does not get lost.
The air pressure must be checked with the help of either a personal tire-pressure gauge or the one belonging to the gas station air pump. The gauge should be pressed against the valve and held down tightly. If a hissing noise is heard, then it means the air is leaking. It should be pressed down harder.
Air should be added as necessary. The air pump hose should be pressed on the valve while squeezing the lever present at the end of the hose.
The air pressure should be checked with the gauge. The air pump hose can also be used for checking.
The tires must be deflated if they are accidentally overfilled. The small needle in the center of the valve should be pressed down to let the air out. There is a small knob on many tire-pressure gauges for this purpose, although a fingernail or a pen can also do the trick.
Tips and Warnings
- If the tire needs air every time while checking, a tire shop can be asked to inspect for any slow leaks.
- A good-quality tire-pressure gauge should always be kept in the car's glove box. The cost of a good electronic one costs nearly about .
- The spare tire should not be forgotten to check and adding air in it as necessary.
- The tire's sidewall should not be considered for air-pressure specifications. This is because it only lists the maximum pressure of the tire.
- A tire-pressure gauge should always be used for getting the right air pressure. One cannot afford to exceed or under inflate the tires.