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How to Fill Tires with Air

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Maybe you know where the air pumps are at the nearest Denver gas station. But, if you’ve never inflated tires before, you probably have questions, like “How much air should I put in my tires? How do I know how much air is in the tire?”. Don’t worry. Our service department wants to help you keep up with your car tire pressure. So, we’ve put together the guide below on how to fill tires with air.

 

 

How to Fill Tires with Air

Maintaining the proper car tire pressure is important for preventing early wear and tear on your tires. Proper tire pressure also contributes to optimal gas mileage and makes for a safer ride on our Lakewood roads. Follow the steps below to air up your tires:

  • Pull up close enough to the gas station’s air pump so that the hose can reach all four tires.
  • Find out the proper air pressure for your tires (see below on how to do that)
  • Remove the cap from the valves on the tires you wish to inflate and keep the caps where they won’t get lost. Do this before turning on the machine, since the machine is on a timer and this step will help you make sure you have enough time to inflate all of the tires.
  • Insert your payment into the machine, if required.
  • Some machines will allow you to set the specific PSI, or air pressure, for your tire before pumping. Make sure to set it to the correct pressure.
  • Attach the hose snugly to the tire’s valve stem.
  • Check your tire’s air pressure with a tire gauge once inflated. The pump may have a tire gauge, but it’s good to double-check with your own gauge, which can be bought inexpensively at any auto parts store.
  • Repeat this process for the other tires.
  • Remember to screw the caps back on all of the tires! 

How Much Air Should I Put in My Tires?

The correct air pressure, indicated in “PSI” or “Pounds per Square Inch”, will be listed on the sticker that is inside your driver’s door. Otherwise, it should be listed in the owner’s manual. You can also find it online if you search for the PSI of the make and model of your car. Do not fill your tire to the “max PSI” marked on the tire itself. This is the maximum amount of air pressure your tire can withstand. Inflating to the maximum PSI will result in overinflation, which is bad for your tire and can be dangerous.

Planet Honda of is Here to Help With Your Tires

What if you properly filled your tire, but it keeps losing air? It may need to be replaced. Our tire center can help with that! Schedule an appointment with us. We’re just down the road from Arvada, so drop by or contact us today!

 

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