How to Inflate Your Car’s Tires

How to Inflate Your Car’s Tires
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    You can increase the interval between tire replacement by keeping your current tires well maintained.

    One of the simpler ways to do that is to keep your tires properly inflated, a move that will also ensure better gas mileage and reduce the chances of a blow out.

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The cost of rubber like many important commodities has risen dramatically in recent years. You’ll especially notice those dramatically higher prices the next time you shop for tires.

You can increase the interval between tire replacement by keeping your current tires well maintained. One of the simpler ways to do that is to keep your tires properly inflated, a move that will also ensure better gas mileage and reduce the chances of a blow out.

Let’s take a look at how you can inflate your car’s tires:

1. Purchase a digital gauge

— For $10 to $15 you can buy a digital gauge to check your tire pressure. You’ll want to keep this in your glove box or other storage compartment inside of your car.

2. Know the correct tire pressure

— Printed right on the sidewall of each tire are tire pressure limits. However, you’ll want to ignore those numbers and, instead, reference the placard located on the inside of the jamb of the driver’s door. In some cases that placard is located on the side door of the glove box. Make a note of those numbers as you’ll be inflating your tires accordingly.

3. Check your tire pressure

— To get an accurate reading for your tire pressure, you’ll need to check your tires when they are cold. Drive a few miles and your tires will warm up enough to give you a false reading. Thus, when you check your tires when your car is cold, you’ll get an accurate reading. Insert the cage in each tire to come up with a reading. Unscrew each valve cap carefully and put these in a safe place — they’re easy to lose!

4. Inflate your tires

— Once you know what the pressure is in each tire, you’ll need to reinflate each one to its proper level. If you own an air compressor, then you won’t have to be concerned about getting a wrong reading. If you don’t have an air compressor, then things can get tricky if you must drive to a service station. If your trip is about one mile away, your tires won’t warm up fast enough to give you a wrong reading. Further than two miles and you’ll have to adjust your reading by about 3 psi. That means if your tires need to be inflated to 29 psi, you’ll need to inflate them to 32 psi to have them properly inflated. Do this with each of your tires and then screw each cap back on. Recheck your tires when cold and you should be able to obtain an accurate reading.

Of course, inflating tires alone won’t extend the life of your tires. You’ll want to have them rotated twice annually and you’ll need to have the tires and front end aligned from time to time too. Check your owner’s manual for a maintenance schedule.

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