How to Check Your Tires’ Pressure

Todd Hammerstein, Staff Reporter

How to Check Your Tire’s Pressure

So the little exclamation point light is glowing on your dash. Not a big deal, right? WRONG! It’s called TPMS and ignoring it could lead to your tire snapping off. You don’t want that. So how do you prevent your wheels from running away? Read on. Maintenance is not as hard as you think.

Step One: Check the pressure.
First off what does the TPMS even stand for? The TPMS is short for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. What does this mean? One of your tires is low on air. If your car is an older car, the TPMS light will just come on and not tell you what tire is low on air. Now, if you drive a newer car, they will tell what tire is low on air. If your car doesn’t not alert you, simply just get out of your car and kick or press down on the tire. The tire should be stiff and not have give in the tire. If the tire does give, then the tire is low on air.

Step Two: Check how much air to put into your tire.
You want to first start off with opening your drive side door. There should be a sticker in the inside part of the door. This sticker should tell you how much psi (Pound Per Square Inch). After you find out how much psi to put into your tires, you want to go to a local gas station. Most gas stations will have air fill stations where you can pay to fill up your tires with air. Once you fill your tire up with air, press on the tire to see how much give you have. You want to take a tire pressure test and test to see how much air pressure is in the tire. The number on this test should come up with how much air pressure the sticker on your car door says to put in your tire.

Just remember if your headliner light comes on, you need to fill your tires up right away. Driving around on a deflated tire could cause a blow out or even worse.