How to check car tire pressure without a gauge?

One of the most important things to do for your car is to check the tire pressure. The problem is that many people don’t know how to check it without a gauge, which can be difficult if you are not mechanically inclined.

Luckily, this blog post will walk you through three different ways that you can check your tire pressure even if you don’t have a gauge handy. 

Why it is important to check tire pressure

Under-inflated tires can lower your gas mileage, cause uneven wear on the wheels, and even worse, they might blow out! It is important to avoid all of this by keeping an eye on your tire pressure. Even if you don’t drive much over the winter, it’s important to check your tires every 2 weeks to make sure that they are not getting too low.

Things to do before checking pressure

The first thing you need to do is to find the sticker on your car that tells you what the recommended tire pressure is. Then, make sure that your tires match those numbers. It’s a good idea to do this in a garage since it might be difficult to read the sticker if there’s snow covering it.

Once you have found out what type of psi number your required tire pressure is, now it’s time to see whether or not they are too low. The best way for most people do this is by borrowing their neighbor’s tire gauge and going outside with them so they can check all four tires at once. However, if you don’t have access to a tire gauge, there are other options for you.

Check Your manual

The first option is to check your manual. This will specify both the recommended psi number as well as the psi range where you have full control over it. If that’s not an option for you, then all hope is not lost!

Looking at Tire

That’s because if there isn’t snow covering the tires, another way to check their pressure is to just look at them. If any of the tires appear soft or spongy, then they need air in them because it has been driven on long enough to pass through the rubber compound and deflate it.


In conclusion, it is important that we drivers check our tire pressure regularly so we don’t run into any problems while out on the road. The best way to check it is by using a tire gauge and setting your psi number where it should be. However, if you can’t do that for some reason, then just look at the tires and see if they’re too deflated! After checking them, fill up all of your tires until they are plump again because over-inflated or under-inflated tires don’t have much tread life left in them.

Steven Hatman
Steven Hatman

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