Knowing how to add air to your tires is essential, especially in the winter, when the cold weather shrinks the air in the tires, reducing their traction and making driving more dangerous. Buy an inexpensive pressure gauge—they don’t usually run more than $30—and check the pressure every couple of weeks or so until it starts to warm up.
Checking pressure is easy. Just unscrew the stem on the inside of your tire to reveal the air valve and place the open end of the gauge into the valve. Hold it there for a few seconds, and then check the gauge.
If you find that your tire pressure is low, or your tire pressure monitor dashboard light comes on, either use a home pump or a pump at the gas station to fill the tires to the right psi. To do this, all you have to do is remove the stem the same way you did to check the gauge and put the tip of the pump into the air valve.
Stop every few seconds to check the tire pressure to make sure you don’t overfill the tires. Once they’re full, replace the valve caps, and you’re done!
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