How to Check and Add Air to Your Car’s Tires! So i got this question from a viewer Kay. She wanted to know how to check tire pressure and add air to her tires without losing air or deflating all the air from the tires. Well the easiest way is to bring to a tire shop, or a tire professional to check your tires and fill the tires. This should be free of charge, cuz they want to sell you services ( tire rotation or diagnose tire issues etc…) or sell you new tires (if needed). If your car is pulling to one side or noise is coming from wheels or a TMPS warning light or dashlight is flashing… you should probably get it to a tire professional.
OK – for general monthly maintenance of your tires’ air pressure:
How to add air to your car tires ( 10 minutes ):
1. Find out how much tire is needed – Driver side sticker (minimum tire pressure needed and Tire side wall maximum tire pressure when the tires are cold. – If in doubt – BRING IT TO A TIRE PROFESSIONAL or TIRE SHOP.
2. You will need a tire pressure gauge ( https://amzn.to/2LM1m16 ). Or your car may have tire pressure monitors in your car’s computer. Or if you have an air inflation kit in your trunk, it will probably have a built in gauge. Or the gas station air stations may have a built in tire gauge.
3. The main tip for not losing air pressure when checking for tire pressure is to keep the tire nipple ALIGNED with the tire pressure gauge connection. Pressing firming down. Keeping both surfaces aligned and in contact is very important in order to not lose air. It will lose a little air, but it will stop when completely sealed and measurement will appear.
4. Subtracting air – Easy – Just use the tire gauge to leak air and check the air as you find your target pressure.
5. Adding Air: Most tire adapters lock onto the tire nipple. There several types:
A. Quick release types: Typically inflation kits – with switch that pulls down to lock)
B. Push down types: Typically gas stations. You need to light keep pressure onto the tire nipple as you hold a trigger to add air.
C. Pull back types: Typically gas stations. You need to pull back the locking collar and push the adapter onto the nipple, then release the locking ring.
D. Screw on types: Typically trunk inflation kits, very simple as you will need to screw the nipple and the tire adapter together. At a certain point, the tire air valve will open and you need screw the adapter further until it stops.
6. Turn on the air inflator or push the on button to add air at the gas station. I have a jumper air compressor at home ( https://amzn.to/2OnWEVY ), however you may have a emergency tire inflator in your trunk ( https://amzn.to/2mPHYlV ) – the air compressor is able inflate your tires . I check my emergency kit once a year to make sure it still works.
7. Keep an eye on the target air pressure (for example 35 PSI), add 1 PSI more to compensate for air loss when release the tire adapter. When reached, stop or turn off the air inflator.
8. Release the tire adapter.
9. Check the air pressure.
10. Repeat for the other 3 tires. 🙂
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