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Q: How do I check the tire pressure?

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How do I check the tire pressure?

A: Checking the tire pressure in your car is a...

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.

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