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How to check your tyre pressures in 5 easy steps

It’s easy to get complacent when it comes to maintaining our cars. We’re all guilty of just switching our minds off and using our vehicles without worrying about if everything is working as it should. But it’s important we all take that little bit of time to check our car now and then and make sure it’s all up to standard.

This is especially important when it comes to your tyres, and we’re not just talking about the tread depth. Having your tyres at the wrong air pressure can affect your steering and brakes, as well as costing you more money at the petrol station.

But how can you make sure your tyres are at the right pressure? It may seem complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. All you need is your car and a petrol station air pump.

1. Find a petrol station with an air pump

Almost every petrol station will have an air pumping station that you can use to re-inflate your tyres. Some charge money to use their machine, normally 20p or 50p for a minute or two’s worth of air. Others will do it for free. If you can, make sure it’s one where you can set the amount of pressure manually.

2. Park your car close to the pump

Most air pumps have long cables you can use to stretch it around the car. But if you park too far away, you can end up getting a bit flustered as you try to drag the cable far enough, especially if you are charged. And if a queue builds up behind you, it can add more pressure on you than there is in your tyres! So be sure to get your car nice and close to the pump.

3. Check the car’s information plate

You don’t need to search online to find the right pressure for your car’s tyres. Check the inside of your car doors, normally the front passenger side. You’ll see a plate bolted onto the frame that provides information on your tyres. This should tell you:

1) The type of tyres recommended for your car, normally two or three different options. (You can then compare this to the information written on the tyres themselves to see that they match).

2) The different pressures that match the car, based on the type of usage of your car, normally divided between the number of regular passengers and load of the car.

4. Set the pump pressure

When you have worked out the pressure you need, adjust the pump to match the required PSi. You can do this by pressing the + or – signs on the machine.

5. Unscrew the air valves on the tyre and attach the pump

Now you can attach the pump to your tyre. You might need to move the hub caps to get to the valve. Attach the pump to the valve. If the pressure is wrong, the machine will automatically start inflating the tyre to the right pressure. Once it gets there, it will stop and beep to let you know that it’s done.

Repeat this for all four tyres and…voila! You now have your car at the right tyre pressure.

Car Care Tips  30/10/2019 14:47:25

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