5 July 2019 · Motoring Tips & Advice

Are You Inflating Your Tyres Correctly? | Phil Gilbert Hyundai

Are You Inflating Your Tyres Correctly?

Regularly checking your tyre pressure and properly inflating them is one of the most neglected aspects of routine car maintenance and care. However, your tyre pressure is crucial for safety, and ensuring your Hyundai vehicle performs at its best on the road. By inflating your tyres correctly, you improve your vehicle’s handling and control, improve the fuel economy of your vehicle, extend the lifespan of your tyres and reduce the risk of blow outs and accidents. Ensure your tyres are properly inflated on a regular basis by making it a habit to check them when you refuel. The frequency of when you’ll need to inflate your tyres will depend on a variety of factors like the amount of driving you do, how much weight your car is carrying, the weather and the extremity of seasonal changes. A good guideline is to check them at least once a month.

Checking Tyre Pressure

Maintain your tyres at the recommended PSI. This is often different from car to car, depending on the vehicle’s manufacturer and the size of your tyres. You can check the recommended PSI by looking at the tyre placard (which may be kept in one of the front door openings or glovebox) or by checking your car’s owner manual. Don’t make the error of using the max PSI printed on the sidewall of the tyre as over-inflated tyres increase wear and tear.

When inflating your tyres, keep in mind that the pressure can differ for front and rear tyres. Most service stations should have air hoses with tyre pressure gauges. However, it’s a good idea to get your own mechanical/pneumatic gauge for more accurate readings, especially if you are going on a road trip and using a portable pump.

How to Inflate Your Tyres Correctly

Whether you’re pumping your tyres at a service station or using a 12-bolt air compressor or even foot pump, here is the correct way to inflate your tyres:

  1. First, unscrew the cap on the air valve of your tyre.
  2. Push the tyre pressure gauge firmly onto the tyre valve and look at the pressure reading on the gauge.
  3. If the tyre pressure is lower than the recommended PSI, attach the air hose to the tyre valve and inflate the tyre until the pressure is at the right level.
  4. Recheck the pressure with the tyre pressure gauge afterwards. After being inflated, the tyre can temporarily read a higher pressure than it really is. It’ll take around 1 or 2 minutes for each tyre to back up to a normal pressure.
  5. Once the tyres are correctly inflated, screw the cap back onto the tyre air valve.

Take care if you are using an air compressor as they can often become too hot to touch during the inflation process and some air compressors will stop working when they become too hot. When checking and inflating your tyres, don’t forget to check the pressure of your spare tyre as well.

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