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How to Fill Tires with Air

Filling a tire with air

 

Proper tire maintenance helps your car perform at its peak efficiency, while also keeping you safer on the Raleigh roads. But, how much air should I put in my tires? The service team at Hendrick Chevrolet Cary is here to help you determine how to fill your tires with air properly. We even have some tips and tricks to keep your tires in great shape for years to come, so learn all about car tire pressure below – and don’t hesitate to reach out to our service center for all of your automotive needs!

Step-by-Step Guide

Learning how to fill your tires with air isn’t complicated, and drivers around Apex complete this routine task every day. All you need is an inexpensive tire gauge, which can be found at any automotive parts department. Once you’ve got your gauge in hand, find the nearest gas station with an air dispenser and follow these instructions:

  • Pull up to the air dispenser, and make sure the air hose can reach all four tires.
  • Remove the cap from the tire valve on the first tire.
  • Grab your tire gauge to check the air pressure in the tire.
  • Repeat this process for the other three tires. 

We recommend that you try to avoid overinflating your tires. Your tires will retain heat as you navigate Holly Springs, which can cause the interior to expand and the car tire pressure to rise. Add air in short bursts to avoid overinflation. What if you add too much? Press the pin on the tire valve with the back of the air hose nozzle or use the small knob on the back of the rounded end of the tire gauge. This will release air and bring you back to the recommended levels. 

How Much Air Should I Put in My Tires? 

So, how much air should I put in my tires for the best results? Check your driver’s door for a sticker from the manufacturer or check your owner’s manual. Most passenger cars require around 32 to 35 psi (pounds per square inch), but the number can vary. Here are a few tips and tricks from our service department.

  • Don’t inflate your tires to the psi given on the actual tire. This number indicates the maximum pressure the tire can hold, and it’s a different number than the recommended psi by the manufacturer.
  • If you want the most accurate reading, wait until your car has cooled off. Hot tires will expand and throw off your reading.
  • Overinflated tires feel bouncy on the road with difficult handling, while underinflated tires can lead to greater wear and tear. Try to check your tire pressure once a month to avoid either extreme.

Schedule Your Tire Service with Hendrick Chevrolet Cary

Now you know how to fill your tires with air like a pro, but what if you still have questions about car tire pressure? Contact us at Hendrick Chevrolet Cary or schedule your tire service in Cary. Our team can make sure your tires get the quality care they deserve, so reach out at any time.

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