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Can You Check Your Tire Pressure Without a Gauge?

Checking your tire pressure is a basic skill that every driver should know. It’s like brushing your teeth or putting on socks. Once you learn how to do it once, you’ll be able to do it time and time again. Read on to learn more about tire pressure and why you should make it a part of your car routine.


Every vehicle manufacturer has a specific range of tire pressure for every model vehicle. The recommended range is where your tire pressure should always be for optimal performance, safety, and efficiency. Below are the reasons why you should maintain your tire pressure:

  • Improves Fuel Economy
  • Prevents Accidents
  • Promotes Even Tire Wear

When Should You Check Your Tire Pressure?

Most automakers will recommend checking your tire pressure at least once a month. The more often you do it, the sooner you will be able to catch if something goes wrong. Checking your tires is an accessible form of maintenance as most gas stations have gauges and air-filling stations available. You should also check your tire pressure when:

  • …you hit a curb or bump.
  • …run over sharp or large objects.
  • …when your Tire Pressure Monitoring System light comes on.
  • …when you get new tires.

Can You Check Your Tire Pressure Without a Gauge?

Tire pressure is measured in pounds-force per square inch or PSI. Typically, the larger and heftier your car is, the more pressure is needed for your vehicle to function properly. To manually check your tire pressure, a gauge is the best way to do it for accurate results. It is fairly inexpensive and something you can always rely on. However, if you do not have a gauge on hand, you can check your tire pressure with the following methods:

  1. Cargo Check - Load some heavy cargo or equipment to one side of the vehicle. If you notice the cargo leaning down the vehicle, you should manually check your tire pressure.
  2. Hand Pressure - You can use your hands to push down on the tires to see if they are too low. If your tires are soft or squishy to the touch, they are likely underinflated. If they are overly stiff, they may be overinflated.
  3. Observation - Park your car on a flat and solid surface. Look for bulges or swelling on any sides of the tire. Sometimes, a bulge larger than 10mm indicates that your PSI is lower than it should.

All in all, it is very important to drive with the correct tire pressure. It can protect yourself, others, and your vehicle from accidents. And it’ll also save you money by boosting fuel efficiency and evenly wearing down your tires.  If you need assistance on tire pressure checks or tire maintenance, please call or visit the experts at County Line Auto Service today.

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