ERJ staff report (DS)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- The Rubber Association of Canada is recommending drivers to check tyre pressure once a month.
The organisation issues the folowing advice:
- Invest in a reliable tyre gauge. The most accurate way to know if your tyres need to be inflated or deflated is by measuring their pressure with a reliable gauge monthly.
- Always inflate your tyres to the vehicle manufacturer's recommendation. The right tyre pressure by wheel position is listed on the vehicle placard, which is located on one of the vehicle's inside door posts, or inside the glove compartment or fuel door. Never use the tyre pressure stamped on the sidewall. This refers to the maximum pressure a tyre can contain under maximum load.
- Always measure tyre pressure when the vehicle has been stationary for at least three hours, or has not been driven more than two kilometres. Tyres heat up when rolling, so if they are measured after driving more than two kilometres, the pressure reading will be inaccurate.
Fuirtermore, it suiggests the following four-step method for pressure checking
- Find the recommended inflation pressure for your tyres on the vehicle placard. Check the owner's manual for its exact location.
- Remember to only measure inflation pressures when tyres are cold.
- Use a tyre gauge when measuring pressure. Remove the cap from the valve stem, press the tyre gauge onto the valve and take the pressure reading.
- Add air until the recommended air pressure is achieved. If you overfill the tyre, release air by pushing on the metal stem in the centre of the valve, then re-check the pressure.
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Press release from Rubber Association of Canada