How to check and fill car tires the right way


Do you own a car? Do you even know how to check and fill your car tires in the right way? Hop in here to find out how to do these things properly now!

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While you might naturally see checking and filling car tires as a casual task, it is actually more crucial for any vehicle than you think. Apart from the fact that doing it normally results in the more economical and safer driving experience, proper and appropriate tire inflation can improve any vehicle’s fuel economy significantly.

1. What’s the right way to check car tires’ inflation?

Here some of our best tip;

  • Find the appropriate specified inflation levels for your car on the sticker that is usually pasted in the doorjamb of the vehicle’s driver-side. You can also find these same details under the maintenance section of your car’s owner’s manual.
  • Do not assume and choose to use the sidewall markings of your car tires because they are actually meant to be maximum tire pressure which is definitely not the suitable level to always keep your tire at all.
  • Unless you can visibly see that your car tires are flat, never judge the tires’ inflation level by mere looking at it. Always use the appropriate tire pressure gauge for readings.
  • Most tire manufacturers usually suggest checking tire inflation level (reading) when the tires themselves are cold in order to get really accurate readings. It might be best to just do the checking in the morning before taking the car out of the garage for a ride


Checking and filling car tires the proper way goes a long way in ensuring safety when driving

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2. How should the tires’ inflation level be checked properly?

Below is a quick highlight of the recommended steps;

  1. First, pull your vehicle onto a surface that is levelled and under a shade
  2. Gently remove the dust caps from your vehicle tire’s valve stems
  3. Using the tire gauge that you must have gotten, press the gauge’s tip firmly onto the car tire’s valve stem just for a brief moment
  4. If done properly, your tire gauge should provide you with the psi reading.


If the displayed number seems unrealistically high or low – maybe 1 psi or 85 psi – it means you just have to repeat the steps numbered 1 to 4 from above but this time ensuring that you get the gauge’s tip to make proper contact with the tire’s valve stem.

So, when you finally have reasonable readings, you will be left with one of three conclusions which are;

  • The tire’s inflation level is too low compared to what the manufacturers recommend
  • The tire’s inflation level is too high compared to what the manufacturers recommend
  • The tire’s inflation level is very close or the same as what the manufacturers recommend

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If it’s the inflation level is too low, try and get the tires pumped more to reach the recommended usage level.

If the inflation level is too high then, reduce the air present in the tire until you get close to the recommended measurements

And if the reading is close to the recommended measurements, you are good to go!

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Oluwaseun Solomon


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