How To Check Your Tyre Pressure

How To Check Your Tyre Pressure

Keeping your tyre pressure at the right level is beneficial for a variety of reasons. Not only can it increase the longevity of your tyres, but it can also improve the safety of your vehicle and help it to run more efficiently.

Unlike some car maintenance tasks, checking your tyre pressure is relatively straightforward and can be done at most petrol stations. Keep reading to find out more.

Find Out Your Recommended Tyre Pressure

First things first, you need to find out what level your tyres need to be inflated to. This is simple to work out, as most vehicles will have a section on this in the manual. However, you may also be able to find out by checking the sill of your passenger-side door. The unit will be measured in PSI or BAR pressure.

Set Up The Machine

Now you know what your tyre pressure should be, it’s time to prep the inflator. If the machine you are using is not free, you might have to pay before you can start. Make sure the inflator is set to the right measurement unit for your vehicle (PSI or BAR), and that the pressure level is correct. There will be plus and minus buttons below the screen to increase or decrease the number as needed. If you have a flat tyre, there may also be a flat tyre button so you can reinflate it.

Remove The Dust Caps

As tyre pressure machines only give you a few minutes to fill your tyres, it’s important to work quickly. Removing all the dust caps before you begin inflating means you will be using your time as efficiently as possible.

Woman inflating tyres at tyre pressure machine

Start Inflating

Once the dust caps are off, it’s time to start inflating. Place the pressure gauge firmly over the tyre valve, ensuring the head of the wire is on straight. The current pressure of the tyre will be displayed on the machine’s screen. The inflation process shouldn’t take too long, but this depends on how much air the tyre needs. You’ll know when it’s time to move onto the next one, as the machine will make a loud beeping noise. Remember to replace the dust cap after inflating each tyre.

Don’t Forget Your Spare

Remember to check the pressure of your spare tyre before driving away. You never know when you may need it, so it’s sensible to ensure it’s topped up. Consult your vehicle handbook if you are unsure what tyre pressure it should be inflated to.

Contact Us For Tyre Replacements & Repairs

If you’re concerned about the health of your tyres, get in touch with us today. Our team of mechanics can be on hand to access your tyres, carry out repairs or even supply replacements. 

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