Automobiles are machines that you need to maintain regularly to run properly. One of its main components is the tire. There are times when faulty tires are the cause of road accidents. Whether you want to avoid accidents or inconveniences, you should always maintain your tire pressure on the ideal range.
Knowing how to fill the tire or let the air out is essential knowledge as a car owner. In this article, we will show you how to easily let the air out of tires if the pressure is too much. You can also do this tutorial (with a little modification) if you’re deflating your tire.
Steps in letting air out of your tires
- Learn the recommended tire pressure
First things first, you should decide whether your tires need to be deflated for a certain amount or completely. If you’re going to deflate the tire completely, don’t forget to use the tire jack to avoid any tire damage and accidents. Consult your manual to know the ideal jack point for your car.
- Locate the Tire Stem or Valve
The tire stem or valve is pretty much unmissable on site. This part is usually located in the middle of the metal plating or the spokes. It is a tube that usually protrudes from the spokes and is about five centimeters. Look for the metal cap, which protects the valve from dust and other particles.
- Remove the valve pin.
Most valve pins are easily removable by hand and without any tools needed. Rotate the pin counter-clockwise (in most tires) to reveal a metallic object inside. In this part, you can find a tiny hole in the center. You might have to use pliers if the valve pin cap is stuck. If you’re using pliers to get the pain away, don’t make unnecessary pulling and pushing, as it can damage the whole pin itself. Just use force that is enough to make the pin cap rotate. For the corroded valve pin, you might have to use a propane torch and heathen up the corroded part.
- Check the tire pressure with tire pressure gauge
Before making any changes in the pressure of the tire, use a pressure gauge to check the current pressure inside the tire. To use a pressure gauge, you have to stick the end of the device to the metal part of the valve. Its digital screen will give you a reading instantly. According to cars.com, newer cars usually have stickers indicating the ideal pressure for the unit. Take note that the ideal range might not be the same during a cold day.
- Press the metal pin with a screwdriver
Once you know the ideal pressure for your tires, it’s time to deflate (or inflate) it. Get a screwdriver with a flat head and place it on the top of the metal pin. Gently press the screwdriver inward to release air slowly.
- Remove the screwdriver and check the pressure once again
If you feel like the tire is in good condition sufficiently, remove the screwdriver and check the pressure using the gauge. Although you might get compelled to skip-check the tire’s pressure by eyeballing it, getting an accurate reading is recommended for optimal performance and safety in the road.
- Repeat the process until the pressure is within the ideal range
Repeat the last two steps until you get the best pressure of your car tires. If you haven’t done this task before, you might have to get an air pump ready, in case you deflate more air than intended. After getting the right range, cover your valve with the valve pin, and you’re ready to go.
How do I lower my tire pressure?
What happens if the tire pressure is too high?
How do you let air out of tires at a gas station?
- Park your vehicle by the air dispenser.
- Remove the cap from the tire valve on the first tire.
- Use your tire gauge to check the air pressure in the tire.
- Use the air hose to add air in short bursts.
- Keep checking the pressure until you get it right.
Where can I fill up my tires with air?
Why won’t my tires take air?
Why do my tires lose air so fast?
How do you tell if a tire is flat or just needs air?
- Worn Out Tread. You should always be aware of the condition of the tread on your tires.
- Excessive Vibration. If the steering wheel shakes, this is a clear sign that something could be wrong with the tires.
- Bulging or Blistering Spots.
- Low Pressure.