7 Easy Steps on How to Put Air in Car Tires at Home With 6 Tips

You may have decided to inflate your car tires at home rather than going to a gas station.

Or, maybe your car tires have betrayed you just before you are going to start a long drive, you don’t even have time to go to a gas station.

Whatever your trouble is, we are going to help you to fix it. After reading this, you’ll get a clear answer of how to put air in car tires at home.

See, what’s exactly there for you.

What Things Will You Need?

Only three items you will need to inflate your tires. Let’s see what are those-

  1. A tire pressure gauge
  2. A tire inflator
  3. User manual

That’s it! Let’s go for the steps.

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7 Easy Steps on HOW to Put Air in Car Tires at Home


We will show you how to inflate a car tire without a pump. This will be easy and won’t take much time. Now, Look over the following steps. 

Step-1: Chose a pressure gauge

Eyeballing isn’t enough, use a pressure gauge to check the tire pressure. There are three types available pressure gauge in the market-

  • Pencil
  • Dial
  • Digital

We recommend you to use the last one, digital type pressure gauge. This one will provide you the accurate readouts of current pressure.

In this step, you will need the user manual that was given by the manufacturer. You can also find it on a yellow sticker in the door jamb on the driver’s side.

The normal range is from 195 to 250 kPa (kilopascals) or from 28 to 36 psi (pounds per square inch).

Step-3: Check the tire pressure

Before you start inflating the tires, check their pressure with the tire gauge you picked before. How to do this?

A black/silver colored valve stem cap is positioned on your car tire. Remove the cap and keep it in your pocket so that you don’t lose it.

Now, press down the open end of the tire gauge onto the valve stem. You have to hold it firmly before getting a hissing sound because of releasing a little amount of air. Note down the readings that are shown by the tire pressure gauge.

For details, you may learn how to check tire pressure yourself.

Step-4: Calculate how much pressure you need to add

It’s time to determine how much air you will add to the tires. You have to compare the recommended PSI (set by the manufacturer) with the pressure you found in the gauge.

Subtract the current pressure readout (you’ve got from the gauge) from the standard PSI. You will find the needed amount of pressure.

Step-5: Inflate the tires

Before inflating, two more words for you. We are using a tire inflator here instead of a compressor. Because tire inflation doesn’t demand a higher PSI. Moreover, the tire inflators are handier and cheaper than air compressors.Now, turn on your tire inflator. Place the air hose nozzle fitting on the valve stem and press the lever down. You will hear a hissing when the air starts flowing through the hose.

But, if you notice the air is going around the valve then sorry, you don’t have a tight connection. Make it tighter and go for the other three tires.

Step-6: Read the air hose gauge

Read the gauge now to know whether you’ve reached close to the right amount or not. We mentioned the recommended level earlier. More specifically, the perfect amount of pressure is about 32 psi.

Step-7: Replace the stem cap

Lastly, you need to replace the stem cap if the tires are properly inflated. Now sit back, buckle up and enjoy your ride.

6 Additional Tips for You


These tips will help you to be aware of some factors that you must need before inflating your car tires.

1. When you check the tire pressure, make sure the tires are cooled down. Tires get hot on the road (for the fraction). So what? Well, warm air will add false pressure readings in your tires.

Note it down that, at least 30 minutes needed to cool down the tires. So, check after 30 minutes from stopping the car.

2. Under-inflation causes permanent damage for your tires. When the tires get too hot, the rubber begins to degrade which leads to a rupture in the sidewall of the tires.

So, be careful and inflate the tires exactly when it’s needed.

3. In case you carried cargo or carpool today, we recommend that you fill in some extra air in your car tires to offset the extra weight.

Remember, whenever you add extra pressure to the tires, don’t ever exceed the level that is provided by the car manufacturer.

4. Check the pressure at least once in a week and run the pressure a bit higher than recommended, about 15% higher.

5. Suppose, the max pressure for your car tires is 44 PSI. Don’t go by the max, go by the recommended pressure. It will offer you to get slightly better gas mileage. Moreover, the car will have less traction as less tire surface is in contact with the road.

6. In case, you inflate pure nitrogen gas into the tires instead of air, no need to think much. The ways are the same as inflating air into it.

But yes, there are several compelling reasons to use pure nitrogen gas. Surety of more stability of your tire pressure over the long term is one of them.

Conclusion

We are at the cut-off point. We hope the information will help you to get the job done.

In the end, you surely have a crystal clear idea about how to put air in car tires at home. Read the instructions carefully and keep your eyes open while going through the steps, okay?

Happy DIY day!

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