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Tyre Pressure Gauges Buying Guide

Would you like to have better fuel efficiency, stop faster, and have a smoother ride? Of course. The good news is all of this can be improved by keeping your tyres  properly inflated. No need to panic!  You don't have to be a certified auto mechanic to make your ride more enjoyable.  Believe it or not, using a tyre pressure gauge is easy.  Once you get one of these nifty accessories for your car , everyone will be asking to borrow it.  Use the guide below to pick a gauge that suits your needs and know exactly how much air is in your tyres. Happy motoring!

Types of Tyre Pressure Gauges

 

 

Analogue 

Analogue pressure gauges are considered by mechanics to be more accurate than digital gauges.  Also, these gauges generally do not require batteries.

Digital 

Digital pressure gauges are extremely easy to read and are generally more compact than analog gauges.  Some even fit on your key chain.  Don't forget the batteries. 

Stick Gauge 

These are more compact than needle-driven gauges and are still very accurate. The pressure is read according to how far the marked stick pushes out when placed on the tyre.

 

 

The Basics

Locating Pressure Requirements

  • Check your vehicle's owners manual for the correct pressure specifications.
  • Lost your owner's manual or don't have one?
    • Some auto manufacturers place a decal on the inside of the driver-side door.
    • Most manufacturers have this information online (check the 'technical information' section).
    • If all else fails, contact your local dealer and ask the service department.
Air valve. (Remove cap to fill)
Air valve. (Remove cap to fill)

How to Properly Inflate a Tyre

  • Start by removing the cap to the valve stem located on the tyre
  • Press the tyre pressure gauge firmly on the valve and note the pressure reading. You should hear no air escaping.
  • Add or release air according to auto manufacturer's requirements based on the gauge reading.
    • Caution- Some vehicles have different pressures for front and back tyres.

Tyre Pressure Safety

  • Always use caution while working with compressed air.
  • All tyres have a maximum pressure, which is imprinted on the tyre. You should not follow these specifications because they are for the tyre itself, not your vehicle specifically.
  • Never over-inflate or under-inflate tyres.
    • Remember, every automobile has different pressure requirements to match its weight and type.

Tips

  • Keep a shop rag  or paper towel handy when working around tyres to keep brake dust build-up off your hands.
  • Store your tyre pressure gauge in your glove box for easy access.
  • Handle gauges with care. Dropping them or misusing them can cause them to be inaccurate.

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