Tires are one of the critical parts of any car. What type of condition they're in will directly influence your driving experience. Anyone who's ever suffered a flat tire will know how quickly they can impact you.

But did you know the level of inflation in your tires is also vital? It's true. Over-inflated tires can lead to extra wear and tear on their tread, which will reduce their life expectancy significantly. They'll also be extra stiff and negatively affect the smoothness of your ride in harsh conditions. With Under-inflated tires, your tires could fail altogether, thanks to increased friction.

To combat this from happening, you'll want to check your tire pressure on a regular basis. Once every month or so should provide you with an accurate barometer. Besides keeping you safer, properly-inflated tires could even help you save money at the pump!

At Corwin Dodge Ram here in Springfield, MO, we'll be happy to help you out and check the pressure in your tires. If you'd like to do this on your own, however, you can stop by your nearest gas or service station. The process is simple, and we're here to guide you through it!

Before we get started, here's what you'll need:
  • Tire pressure gauge (can be bought for cheap at your local auto parts store)
  • Air compressor (also sold at auto parts stores or available at most gas stations)
  • Driver's manual (to check recommended PSI for each tire)

With those tools in hand, let's get started!

Steps to Check Tire Pressure

1. First, make sure your car has cooled down before you check the tires. Heat causes air in the tires to expand and can alter the PSI. For a more accurate reading of where your tires are at, let the car rest before starting.
2. Check your driver's manual to find the recommended PSI for your tires. Each tire may vary, so it's crucial to take note here.
3. Unscrew the caps on the tire valve stems. These should easily pull off.
4. With the tire pressure gauge in hand, place it on the tire valve stem, one tire at a time. Record where each tire is at and match it with the recommended level you found in step two.
5. For tires that are already properly, inflated feel free to put the caps back on their valve stems.
6. If you need to add air to any tire, use the air compressor, which you either bought or are using at a gas station. There should be a hose which you'll attach over the uncovered valve stem. Add air accordingly.
7. Once you're done putting air in the tires that needed it, re-check them again with the tire pressure gauge. Any tires which are over-inflated will need to have air let out until they're down to their proper PSI.

You made it! Checking your tire pressure and adding air as needed isn't a tough process, but it's an overlooked one. Make sure you're staying on top of this by proactively checking them. Again, our service staff here at Corwin Dodge Ram will be happy to help!


Corwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT

1025 W Sunshine St
Directions Springfield, MO 65807-2445

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