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How often do I need to check my car tire air pressure?

I typically check the pressure on my car tires, whenever I have the car serviced.

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I usually check my tire pressure on a monthly basis. Typically, people have it checked during an oil change every 3000 - 6000 miles. It's most important probably after long period of non-use, as it almost always means some tire pressure loss.

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As long as your tires have a healthy tread on them, checking the tire pressure can be done when you get your oil changed which is about every 3 months or 3000 miles. Most auto service places offer that as part of multi-point check when they do an oil change.

It's not a bad idea to do a quick visual check every time you get gas just to see if they look low, but a healthy tire shouldn't lose much pressure between oil changes unless it's punctured.

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I have always checked my tire pressure every Saturday morning. I don't think I would wait 3 months.

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I've been told that it's good habit to check your tire pressure every time you get gas. It really only takes a few minutes and you can do it while you're waiting for the pump to finish. Plus, if you need air, you are already at the gas station and can put some Air in as needed.

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It is also somewhat important to check your tire pressure during drastic changes in climate - specifically temperature. In the fall and spring, when there are more sudden changes in temperature from day to day, you should check your tire pressure more regularly. The change in temperature will have a fairly major impact on your tire pressure.

As for checking with every oil change - I wouldn't suggest using this as your reminder to check tire pressure. The 3 months/3,000 mile rule is way outdated. Most cars made in the last 10 years don't need their oil changed more frequently than 5,000 or 7,500 miles. Some as high as 15,000 miles. If you're changing your oil more frequently than that (read the manual) you're wasting money. And if you're checking your tire pressure that infrequently you're not doing a good job of it.

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