Your vehicle performance depends on many factors, one of the most important being the air pressure in your tires. Keeping your tires filled properly will not only delay wear and tear, but also improve fuel economy. Tire air pressure is often overlooked by drivers and can be easily measured with a high-quality portable tire pressure gauge.
Tire air pressure changes naturally every season. During a hot summer, your tire pressure will rise by approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Whereas a cold winter, you can expect the opposite.
This is one of the many reasons keeping a tire pressure gauge on hand is important. You never know when you might need one. In this article, we are going to teach you how to check your tire pressure. A fairly simple task that, once learned, you will never need to relearn.
What is a Tire Gauge?
A tire pressure gauge is a tool for accurately measuring the air pressure in your tires. Most newer vehicles come equipped with a TPMS. However, it is unlikely that it gives you an individual reading for each tire. This is where a Tire Gauge comes into play.
For 25 cents, you can use a tire gauge at a Gas Station. However, these gas station gauges have been "used and abused" overtime and do not always give an accurate reading. The alternative would be to invest $10-30 into your very own gauge. They are small tools and can be stored almost anywhere – like your vehicle's glove compartment, for example.
Types of Tire Pressure Gauges
There are many different types of tire pressure gauges, although each one serves the same general purpose. Some people prefer the digital tire gauge, while some, the analog gauge. You can read about the different types below.
The Analog Tire Gauge: This gauge is commonly touted to be more accurate than its counterparts. With a round shape, a shock-resistant cover, a braided hose, a bleeder valve, and a solid brass needle, this gauge far outweighs the others in terms of quality. The design features a dial that measures PSI in units, which can be slightly more difficult to read than say – a digital tire pressure gauge.
Quality comes with a price. These gauges typically cost $10-20 and need to be stored in a safe, non-bumpy environment. The reason being is that when shaken, the inner pieces can become damaged or loose over time.
The Digital Tire Gauge: This gauge is more advanced in design, and tends to be a popular customer choice. It is smaller than the analog gauge and comes equipped with a bright LCD display. This makes it the optimal choice for checking the air pressure in dimly lit environments.
Aside from design, these gauges live a long and useful life. These battery-powered gauges use so little energy that you will never worry about battery replacement. These gauges range from $5-10, making them more affordable than the alternative analog tire pressure gauge.
The Stick Gauge: By far the most compact is the stick / pen gauge. These gauges are very thin in size, and are very easy to use. Oftentimes, they do not give the most accurate reading. That should not deter you from owning one though. They do make for a decent backup in the scenario that you do not have a better gauge available.
How to Use a Tire Pressure Gauge
Using a tire gauge is a relatively simple task. Once you learn it, you will likely never need to learn it again. Although sometimes it may be nice to get a refresher if it has been a while since you last used one.
Below we will walk you through step-by-step on using a tire gauge.
- Remove the dust cap from the tire valve.
- Attach the tire gauge to the tire valve.
- Press the gauge air-tight against the valve.
- Wait for an accurate air pressure reading.
There you have it. You now understand everything you need to know about tire pressure gauges. We hope this article was helpful and informative. If you ever need help using a tire gauge, call us at +1 (800) 575-7310 to speak to a friendly team member that would be more than happy to assist you.
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