Dodge Service Tips: How to Check Your Tire Pressure
When was the last time you checked the pressure of your tires? This is something you don’t want to take for granted for a couple of reasons.
First, under- or over-inflated tires can create a dangerous driving situation. Not to mention, when your tires are properly inflated, you can improve your fuel economy.
Pick Your Gauge
If you drive a newer model, you may not need a tire gauge at all, as your car might have a tire pressure monitoring system already built-in. If you don’t have a built-in system, we recommend getting a gauge. Tire gauge sticks work very well, but a digital gauge will give you a better reading.
Check at the Right Time
If you have just driven your car, wait a little while before checking your tire pressure. The friction created while driving heats up your tires, but when your tires are cold, you’ll receive a much more accurate tire pressure reading.
Know Your PSI
It’s very important that your tires are inflated to the proper psi (pound per square inch). You should be able to find this information on the driver’s side doorjamb. If it isn’t located there, take a look at your owner’s manual.
Once you know the correct psi, take off the caps on the valve stem and push the end of your gauge on it until the hissing sound stops. Then, see what the number says.
Bring Your Car to Our Dodge Service Center
You can also bring your car to our service center here at Champion Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM in Downey to have your tire pressure checked. If your tires need air or you have another service-related issue, we’ll take care of it.