Tire Gauges

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September 14, 2012 by quirkyuncle

A tire gauge is an inexpensive tool that you can keep in your car to make sure that your tires are properly inflated. You need to use one whenever you add air using a tire pump. Add a tire gauge to your Essential Tools.


There are several types of tire gauges available. Here are examples of three of the most popular styles, along with estimated cost:

Pencil gauge (under $5)
Pencil tire gauge

You can purchase a pencil gauge from Amazon.com.

Dial gauge (under $10)
Dial tire gauge

You can purchase a dial gauge from Amazon.com.

Digital electronic gauge (under $15)
Digital tire gauge

You can purchase a digital electronic gauge from Amazon.com.

Personally, I prefer the dial gauge style. Dial gauges tend to be more accurate than the pencil style and are a lot easier to read. The digital gauges are nice, but they are more expensive and, while their batteries do last for a long time, they always seem to go dead at the most inopportune times. You can get a functional tire gauge just about anywhere – even my grocery store sells them. Better gauges are found at your local auto parts store.

I have the dial gauge shown above. I got it from Summit Racing Equipment. Summit carries quite a selection of quality products and they have a lot of tire pressure gauges to choose from.

You can use your tire gauge to check and adjust your tire pressure.

(Updated 22 September 2012 – added link to “DIY – Checking and adjusting tire pressure.”)


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