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How to check your Tire Pressure?

How to check your tire pressure?

How To Check Your Tire Pressure

To start you will need a tire pressure gauge, air compressor, pen, and paper. Your tire pressure gauge can be digital or standard. If you do not feel comfortable checking your tire's air pressure on your own, schedule a service appointment or come by our Service Centre, where we are always happy to help.

  1. Vehicle manufacturers specify PSI assuming tires are cold. Tires are considered cold when the vehicle has been parked for 3 hours or more, or if the vehicle has been driven less than 1 km at a moderate speed. It is best to start this task with cold tires if possible.
  2. Reference your owner's manual to find the recommended cold tire PSI for your font and rear tires. If you cannot find it, contact us. If your front and rear tires require different PSI, write down the correct PSI for each to avoid getting confused.
  3. Remove the valve cap from one of your tires and place the pressure gauge on the valve stem. Press down hard enough so the hissing sound disappears and your gauge gives a reading. Write down the reading and repeat for all 4 tires.
  4. If 1 or more of your tires is below the recommended PSI, use an air compressor to refill the tire(s) to the proper level.

Check Your Tire Pressure, It's More Important Than You Think

Did you know that most tire damage and wear is a result of driving on tires that are improperly inflated? That is why we suggest you check your tire's air pressure at least once per month. While it's easy to overlook your tires, performing a few simple checks can save you time and money down the road.

At Castle Honda, we care about our community, our neighbours, and our friends. That is why we want all automotive consumers in Etobicoke, Brampton, Mississauga, and Toronto to know the basics of how to check your tire's air pressure. This simple task is especially important if you currently do not have Honda's Roadside Assistance Protection.

Why Is Checking Your Tire Pressure Important?

Maintaining proper tire pressure is important for many reasons other than reducing the probability of a flat tire or a blowout. The ability to properly handle your vehicle is dependent on your tire's pressure being at the proper inflation level. Even if your tire doesn't appear, to the eye, to be low on air, it can still result in reduced vehicle handling and excessive tread wear.

Tires that are not at the correct air pressure will have increased friction when in movement. Under-inflated tires increase rolling resistance and will require more energy, aka fuel. Tires that are over-inflated result in reduced levels of handling performance because less rubber is in contact with the road.

Improper inflation puts pointless stress on your tires and can result in excessive or uneven wear. When this happens, it compromises your tires' performance and could result in premature tire wear. Tires with excessive or uneven tread wear can potentially lead to an accident.