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How to Check the Tire Pressure

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How to Check the Tire Pressure

Terry Brown
April 11, 2006

Over-inflated or under-inflated tires could actually cause you and your GM vehicle trouble that you may not be quite prepared for. The truth behind these tires is that too little or too much air in it could make your vehicle run more on gas. It could also make some of your GM vehicle’s parts run askew. That is why it is important that air inside the tires is just right.

The ideal timeframe as per checking your vehicle’s tire pressure should be around once a month. However, it would be much better if you could check the tire pressure any time within the month. If you are preparing for a long trip and you need your vehicle to do the task of transporting you to your destination, do not forget to check your tire pressure.

What do you need to check your tire pressure? A tire pressure gauge of course. This tire pressure gauge is available in most car parts stores like Auto Parts Information. Or you can also try using tire pressure gauges in gas stations. However, if you would be using tire pressure gauges from the latter, make sure that you are using one that is functioning well. You see, most of the gauges that are found in these locations are old and damaged which could actually provide you incorrect information.

So how much air should be pumped into your tires? The information regarding this is easily learned from your car owner manual. Or, you can also find the information through the driver’s side doorjamb of the car. GM vehicles and most vehicles hold a sticker that provides the much needed tire-related information. This would include knowledge on the type of tires, measurements, as well as the needed amount of pressure.

How do you go about checking your tire pressure? Unscrew the caps of the tire air valve. Then, press the tire pressure gauge against it. However, make sure that the tire pressure gauge is firmly put against the tire valve because if it is not properly done, the air inside the tire could come out. On the other hand, when this is properly done, the tire pressure gauge will be able to inform you the tire pressure. Once you know the tire pressure, you can then add air or release air from your tires.

Maintaining GM vehicle is not as easy as checking tire pressure. In fact, there is a need to continually go through the whole vehicle to see if there are some parts that need replacement. Quality GM parts are easy to find at trusted auto parts stores like Auto Parts Information. There are specifically crafted parts for GM vehicles like the GM Buick parts.

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