As a car owner, we're sure you're aware that you need to maintain all aspects of your vehicle in order to keep things running smoothly. This means not just keeping your fuel tank capped and windshield clean, but also ensuring your vehicle's internal mechanisms are working smoothly. This is especially true for the wheels on your car, which are some of the easiest parts to damage on your vehicle.
Do You Have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System?
So, how often should you check your tire pressure? As you may know, any vehicle made in the US after 2008 is required to possess a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) of some kind. These can either be direct or indirect systems. In other words, they may tell you when a specific tire has lost air pressure, or tell you that one of your tires has lost air pressure - in the latter case, you're going to have to check yourself. So with modern monitoring systems, you don't really need to check your tire pressure yourself, unless you suspect that your monitoring system is faulty.
How Often Should You Check Sans TPMS?
If you own a vehicle older than 2008 and don't have a TPMS in your vehicle, or if your TPMS is malfunctioning, then you should check your tire pressure about once a month. It's recommended you check your tire pressure even if you haven't noticed any signs of deterioration in your vehicle's performance, as your tire might have suffered micro-abrasions or small tears that could lead to slow leaks. if you do notice a change in your tire pressure with each monthly check-in, your tire might have one of these small tears. If this is the case, then simply taking your vehicle into a qualified mechanic - you're invited to bring in your vehicle for servicing any day!
Checking in on your tire pressure is an important step to making sure your vehicle stays in good shape. Even though most modern vehicle owners don't have to do this any more thanks to TPMS, it's not a bad idea to check yourself.