Ensuring that your car's tyres are properly inflated is a fundamental aspect of vehicle maintenance often overlooked by many drivers. Putting air into your car’s tyres is not just a matter of convenience but is paramount for safety, fuel efficiency, and the overall longevity of your tyres. 

In this guide, we’ll cover the process of how to put air into car tyres step-by-step and shed light on its critical importance. Whether you're a seasoned driver or a novice behind the wheel, understanding the details of tyre inflation is key to a smoother, safer, and more cost-effective driving experience. 

A step-by-step guide on how to put air into car tyres 

Step 1: gather the necessary tools 

Before you start any tyre maintenance, make sure you have the following items:

  • A tyre pressure gauge
  • An air compressor
  • A tyre inflator or an air hose with an inflation nozzle
  • Your vehicle's recommended tyre pressure (found in the owner's manual or on a sticker inside the side door frame)

Step 2: Find a suitable location 

It’s best to fill your tyres while they’re cool to get the most correct reading. Locate a nearby petrol station with an air pump. Most petrol stations provide free air, but some may require a small fee.

Step 3: Remove the valve cap 

Unscrew the valve cap on the tyre you are inflating and set it aside in a safe place.

Step 4: Check the current tyre pressure 

Use a tyre pressure gauge to measure the pressure in each tyre. Unscrew the valve cap, firmly press the gauge onto the valve stem and read the pressure displayed on the gauge.

If the reading on the gauge matches the recommended tyre pressure for the vehicle, no additional air is needed. If the pressure is higher than recommended, some air needs to be released until the correct reading is reached. If the pressure is low, you will need to connect the air hose and add air.

Step 5: Connect the air hose 

If the air compressor allows you to set a required pressure, adjust this before connecting the air hose. Attach the air hose or inflation nozzle securely to the valve stem. Ensure a tight connection to prevent air leakage.

Step 6: Inflate the tyre 

Turn on the air compressor and begin inflating the tyre. Some air compressors do this automatically. Keep an eye on the pressure gauge and stop periodically to check the pressure, adjusting as needed to reach the recommended PSI. Automatic machines will stop by themselves when the set pressure is reached.

Step 7: Check and adjust all tyres 

Repeat the process for each tyre and ensure they all reach the recommended pressure.

Replace valve caps 

Once all tyres are properly inflated, screw the tyre valve caps back onto the valve stems.

How much air should I put in my car tyre?

The recommended tyre pressure is usually measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). Common recommended PSI values fall within the range of 30 to 35 PSI for many passenger cars, but this can vary based on the make and model of your vehicle. Larger vehicles, such as SUVs or trucks, typically have different recommended pressures.

Check the owner’s manual 

Refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommended tyre pressure. This information is often listed in a section related to tyres or vehicle specifications.

Avoid overinflating or underinflating

It's crucial to adhere to the recommended tyre pressure to ensure optimal performance, safety and longevity of your tyres. Avoid overinflating or underinflating, as both conditions can negatively impact your vehicle's handling, fuel efficiency, and tyre wear.

Think about driving conditions 

In some cases, manufacturers may recommend slightly higher tyre pressures for loaded or towing conditions. Check your manual for any specific recommendations based on different driving scenarios.

Regularly check and adjust your tyres 

Tyre pressure can change with temperature fluctuations, so it's a good practice to check your tyre pressure regularly, especially during extreme weather conditions. Adjust the pressure as needed to keep it within the recommended range.

Understanding the benefits of proper tyre pressure

Maintaining the proper tyre pressure is paramount to the overall health and performance of your vehicle. Here's a closer look at the benefits of ensuring your tyres are adequately inflated:

  • Enhanced safety: properly inflated tyres provide optimal traction, improving your vehicle's ability to grip the road surface. This translates to better handling, responsiveness, and reduced chances of skidding.
  • Extended tyre lifespan: uneven tyre wear is a common consequence of improper inflation. By keeping your tyres at the recommended pressure, you ensure even wear patterns, resulting in a longer lifespan for your tyres and reducing the frequency of replacements.
  • Optimal vehicle handling: properly inflated tyres contribute to stable and predictable vehicle handling. This is particularly crucial during emergency manoeuvres or challenging driving conditions, promoting overall safety.
  • Cost savings: with increased fuel efficiency and extended tyre life, maintaining the correct tyre air pressure leads to significant cost savings over time. It minimises expenses related to fuel consumption, more frequent tyre replacements and potential repairs.

Get professional tyre services at Natrad Autocare

When it comes to the health and performance of your vehicle's tyres, seeking professional assistance is key. Natrad Autocare is your trusted partner for comprehensive tyre services.  

Whether it's tyre inspection, pressure checks, rotations, alignments or addressing specific issues like punctures and uneven wear, our experts are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to provide top-notch solutions. For more information on our services and repairs, contact us today.