How to Check Your Tire Pressure Properly

Here’s How to Check Your Tire Pressure Properly

When you stop or gas in your Acura, do you check the tire pressures? I didn’t think so. Did you know that it’s recommended to check your tire pressure that often? No one has the time to check their tire inflation that consistently, but everyone should know how. Doesn’t the service department check your tire pressure? Of course they do at Jay Wolfe Acura. But between service visits, you should be aware of how to check your tire pressure and add air.

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

While it seems like a very simple procedure to some, not everyone knows how to check the tire pressure on their Acura. Here’s a good way to make sure you’re doing it right.

Check your tire inflation cold.

That doesn’t mean it has to be winter. Your tires heat up and the tire pressure increases while you drive. If you check your tire pressure when the tires are hot, you’ll get a reading that’s a little higher than it should be. Check your tires after your car has been parked for 10 minutes or so.

Use a high-quality tire pressure gauge.

Don’t use one of the cheapie gas station gauges. Buy a good-quality digital or mechanical gauge from an automotive parts store, or the Jay Wolfe Acura parts department.

Press the tire pressure gauge against the valve stem.

Keep the gauge’s surface flush with the valve stem to get an accurate reading and prevent air loss. If you hear hissing from the valve stem, adjust your gauge until it stops.

Check each tire two or three times to make sure the reading is accurate

Repeating your tire pressure inflation check will ensure you aren’t getting a false reading.

Add compressed air if there’s a low tire.

Using the nozzle on the air compressor hose just like your tire pressure gauge, add air a few seconds at a time until the tire pressure is at the right level.

How Do You Know the Right Tire Pressure for Your Acura?

Wondering where you find the right tire inflation for your vehicle? It’s in a couple locations for you. First, it’s in your owner’s manual. It’s also on a placard when you open the driver’s door, on the pillar between the doors.