Q: How do I check the tire pressure?

asked by on

How do I check the tire pressure?

Checking the tire pressure in your car is an essential part of regular maintenance. You have a tire pressure monitoring system, but this should never be considered a replacement for physically checking the tire pressure. Here’s how to make sure you have the right amount of air in each tire:

  1. Unscrew the cap from the valve stem.

  2. Slide the pressure gauge onto the valve stem. Press hard enough that the hissing sound stops (air escaping).

  3. Read the gauge and make sure it shows the PSI noted on the driver door placard for that tire.

  4. Add air if necessary.

  5. Replace the valve stem cap.

  6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 for the other three tires.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. How do I check the tire pressure?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Rattling noise from rear brake area

Hub bearing issues are common. The hub bearing noise does not typically sound like a rattle, but more like a roaring type noise. In extreme cases, the hub can separate from the bearing. This can be dangerous if you are...

Q: What could be the reason the front shakes when I go over 60mph.? Thank you for your help.

Hi...unbalanced wheels and tires, tire defects and bent wheels, and loose, worn out suspension parts are the typical causes of vehicle front end vibration at speed. It is also possible that loose, or defective, motor mounts can be a cause...

Q: How do I use the Car Finder feature?

We’ve all been there before. You park in front of the store and go inside to do your shopping. After you check out, you exit the store, only to find that you’ve forgotten where you parked. Your car has a...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...