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How to Fill Your Tires With Air

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When do you need to fill your tires with air?

After a puncture or a low tire pressure warning.

Your tires are bound to get flat at one point. It's just how they roll. They might even get a flat! So how do fill tires with air again after you've repaired the puncture? Or when the low tire pressure icon displays?

How do you fill tires with air?

First things first. You need to check the tire pressure. The tire can only hold a certain amount of air pressure. Too much air and the vehicle will bounce as you drive, too low and the tires will wear down more quickly and possibly overheat. You check tire pressure by using a tire gauge. The gas station tire gauges aren't too reliable in measuring the pressure. You have a choice between this one or this digital gauge that has an easy-to-read screen and is programmable.

How do you determine the right tire pressure for your vehicle? Don't go by what's on the tire. The owner's manual or a side panel will have the specifications on the tire pressure. Make sure to check all the tires, not just the one your filling. You want to have even tire pressure all around.

Once the tire pressure has been checked and the recommended pressure is known, it's time to start filling the tire or tires!

The best thing is that you don't have to remove the tire!

1. Remove the valve cap on the tire

2. Turn on the compressor

For air compressors, there are different options.

12-Volt compressors and 120-volt compressors. The 12-volt compressors are the ones that can be inserted into the cigarette lighter/electrical socket or receptacle. The 120-volt compressor requires an outlet. Something that you're not lucky to have on the road. So the 12-volt compressor is the way to go. The best one out there? The Stop & Go Mini-Air Compressor. It has a built-in LED light, built-in gauge 0- 50 psi, 4” inch tire valve hose. It's super compact and light weight and it's made of heat-resistant plastic so it won't overheat. It will fill tires fully in less than 10 minutes.

3. Plug the compressor into the value

  • Press down firmly and squeeze the valve trigger. If it hisses loudly, press more firmly until the hissing stops or is minimized.

4. Once close, check the built-in gauge. Either add more air in short 5-second bursts or use the gauge to press the pin inside the valve stem and let air out, if you've over-filled the tire.

5. Finally, the tire pressure is corrected and replace the cap.

fill tires - mini-air compressor

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