Testing the tyre pressures is one of the most important maintenance checks to your car, one that should be performed on a regular basis. The tyres hold the car on the road, and if not inflated correctly can drastically affect the handling and steering of the car, increase fuel consumption and cause uneven tyre wear.
The are a number of pumps available for testing and inflating your tyres, some can be purchased and used at home such as those that require pumping a foot leaver, others are electrical based and use a compressor to generate air flow whilst larger machines are also available at most petrol and service stations.
In this example we’ll be using a standard single piston foot pump, which is available from most motor spares stores.
Remember to only check your tyres when they are cold, checking the pressures after a journey will give inaccurate results due to the heat in the tyres.
Step 1: Step One Â Find Out the Correct Pressure Levels
Every car has recommended pressure levels for its own tyres and weight, this can usually be found near the passenger door frame but may vary between cars. This information is also available in your cars handbook. Remember to check these figures when setting off on a long journey, extra passengers and baggage may require higher tyre pressures.