How to Fill Tires With Air

Hand Holding Tire Gauge to Tire

When you drive your car, truck, or SUV around town, you’ll have to put air in your tires as part of regular vehicle maintenance. Maintaining proper car tire pressure can extend their life, improve fuel economy, and give you a smoother ride in Toms River. Read on with the experts at Automotive Avenues to learn more about how much air you should add to your tires, how to fill tires with air, and why optimal car tire pressure is vital to your vehicle.



Step-by-Step Guide: How to Fill Tires With Air

We’ll help you learn how to fill tires with air in our quick and easy guide. Follow these steps to add the correct car tire pressure a little at a time.

  1. Pull up to the air dispenser at your local gas station.
  2. Make sure you can reach all four tires with the air hose.
  3. Remove the cap from the tire valve on the first tire.
  4. Check the air pressure in the tire with your tire pressure gauge.
  5. Add air in short bursts.
  6. Double-check the car tire pressure.
  7. Add air again until the tire reaches the right air pressure.
  8. Repeat this process for the other three tires, if needed.

The air hose gauges at many Trenton gas stations aren’t completely reliable. That’s because driving causes the tires to heat, and the air expands, which increases the car tire pressure. Most importantly, avoid overinflating any tires. Only top off the air until you reach the optimal pounds per square inch (PSI) of the tire.

Don’t panic if add too much air. Simply press the pin on the tire valve with the back of the air hose nozzle. You’ll feel a burst of air come out. Release the pin to stop the air from coming out. Take another pressure reading until you get it right. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right after a few tries. After some practice, you’ll get better and faster at learning how to fill tires with air.

How Much Air Should I Put in My Tires?

You can find the right air pressure in your owner’s manual or on a permanent label affixed to the frame of your driver’s door. Generally, passenger cars suggest 32 to 35 psi when they’re cold. Always try to check the tire pressure after the car has cooled off from your last Howell Township drive. When learning how much air you should put in your tires, remember these things:

  • Don’t inflate your tires to the psi given on the actual tire. This number indicates the maximum amount of pressure the tire can hold. If you inflate your tires to this PSI, you will get an uncomfortable ride, more tire wear, and less fuel efficiency.
  • You’ll notice overinflated tires when the ride is bouncier.
  • Underinflated tires can wear out tires faster.

Learn More About Tire Care With Automotive Avenues!

Keep on top of your tire car with the experts at Automotive Avenues! Our Wall team will go over everything you need to know, from how to make your tires last longer to the difference between winter tires and all-season tires. Have questions? Feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help you learn more about tire care!


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