When you are ready to check your Tire Pressure it’s always better to check them when they are cold. The reason why its always better to check them when they are cold is because the Air Pressure raises when the tires are hot. If you take the reading when they are cold you will get an accurate reading every time.Car Tire Valve
Reading your tire pressure is a simple task and a very important one. Proper Tire pressure will improve your gas mileage, maintain alignment and allow your tires to last longer.
Steps Tire Valve
1) Remove the Cap on the Tire Valve
2) With a Gauge, Press Firmly on the Valve and Release
3) Read Tire Pressure
4) If Pressure is Low Add, If Pressure is High Release Pressure
5) If you need to release tire pressure use something with a small tip, the tip of your Jeep Key will work. Apply it to the tip of the valve and press.
6) Release air and re-check Tire Pressure
7) Once your done checking your Tire Pressure don’t forget to replace the valve cap
To find out the proper pressure for your tires just check the side wall of your tires. On the side wall you will find tire size, brand and tire pressure information. You are checking for “PSI” that’s how air pressure is measured for tires, Pounds Per Square Inch. The size of the tire and the type of tire usually determine the Air Pressure. Once you check the side wall and acquire the PSI make sure you keep your tires at the recommended tire pressure for your safety and life of the tire.
There are three other areas that you need to familiarize yourself with to insure your safety and the life of your tires. The three areas are Alignment, Tread and Tire Rotations.
Your Alignment should be completed by a professional every time you purchase new tires or when you feel vibrations on the steering wheel as well as the steering wheel pulling more to one side and not staying centered. These are all signs that you need to an alignment. Also, if you have hit a curb or a pothole or rough terrain you find that after these incidents your alignment if off. Do not ignore this, your safety and the life of your tire are in jeopardy, always make sure your Jeep is properly aligned.
The Tread Depth of your tires determine the grip your tires will have on the road. Therefore this is extremely important and should be checked periodically. The Tire and Rim Association prove guidance and explain the specs. The laymans system is the “Penny” check which by the way is also listed by the Tire and Rim Association.
Take a Penny, with Lincolns Head upright and insert it between the treads of the tire, if you can fully see the head of Lincoln exposed your tires are “Legally” worn.
And finally, Tire Rotations is good practice because it allows your tires to wear evenly and it gives you a better tire life. Because the weight distribution changes make sure to check the Air Pressure after a few days.
To keep your tires in good shape and improve the life of the tire, drive cautiously, avoid fast turns and quick stops, be aware of potholes and debris on the road and dont overload your vehicle with weight. Your Tire are one of the most important Jeep Parts on your Jeep and they go ignored too often, when checking the Air Pressure of your tires dont forget your spare tire, that a Jeep Part too!!