How to Check Tire Pressure

Checking Tire Pressure

Having proper tire pressure is important. When not properly inflated, you might be increasing wear and tear on tires or setting yourself up for decreased fuel efficiency numbers. Inflating tires to the specified pressure in your owner’s manual ensures a smooth ride on the roads of Gulfport, Pascagoula and Waveland.

Here are some tips from Pat Peck Nissan on how to check your tire pressure, and what you should be looking for when doing so. If you suspect any issues with your car’s tires, bring your vehicle to our tire center and let our experienced staff take a look.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Checking tire pressure is a relatively simple task. It’s best to keep a tire gauge in the glove box or trunk for easy access. The factory-recommended tire pressure information is typically available on a sticker on the doorjamb on the driver’s side of the vehicle but can also be found in the owner’s manual. Check to see if tire pressure levels should be different for front tires or back tires.

Checking tire pressure when the tires are cold is a good idea, as tires heat up after driving. If you check tire pressure after driving, wait about three hours before doing so. A morning check before driving is best. Take off the valve cap and set it aside in a spot where it can’t be lost. Take the tire gauge and press it onto the valve stem. You’ll hear a hissing noise when pressing down on the valve stem. This only needs to be done for about two seconds, so you can get the reading.

Read the tire pressure and write down the numbers you get on each tire as you go around the car. Then you have a reference point when filling up the tires at a local gas station or with an air compressor.

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Visit our Tire Center

If you suspect anything may be amiss with your tires, our service professionals will be happy to take a look at them. The performance and life of your tires can depend on having the right type of tire, proper inflation and the way the car is driven. Routine tire maintenance ensures your car is ready to handle the roads.

Our skilled team offers tire inspections, computerized wheel alignment services, tire rotations and computerized tire balancing. If it is determined new tires or tire replacement is needed, we’ll find the brand and tire size that’s the right fit for your vehicle.

Bring Your Vehicle to Our Tire Professionals Today

It’s a good idea to get in the habit of checking tire pressure about once a month. It’s a quick way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your car in terms of fuel economy and can reduce tire wear so you can safely travel the roads of Gulfport, Pascagoula and Waveland.

The team at Pat Peck Nissan hopes this guide has helped you understand why it’s important to check your tire pressure at least once a month. Our tire professionals will check tire pressure and provide the necessary solution to any problem. Contact us today to get started!