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How to Fill Tires With Air

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Some Brick drivers understand the concept of filling tires with air, but not all of them understand why it’s important. Keeping your tires filled with the correct amount of air makes room for enhanced tire performance and an extended lifetime. Properly filled tires can also improve your driving experience by improving overall vehicle handling, ride quality, and fuel economy. If you’d like for someone to teach you how to fill your tires with air in person, make an appointment with our service department, and they will be happy to help.

 

 

Understanding the importance of keeping your tires filled with air is the first step. Now, let’s move one to our guide for completing the task!

Instructions on How to Add Air to Your Tires

If you are filling your tires with air for the first time, don’t be nervous. This process is relatively simple and won’t take up too much of your time. Just follow these steps, and you’ll be back on the Manahawkin roads:

  1. Most gas stations have air dispensers. Locate a station and park next to one of the dispensers so that the hose can reach all four tires.
  2. Unscrew the cap from the tire valve on the first tire.
  3. Attach the hose to the valve, and press down until you hear the air inflating the tire. Add air for about 10 seconds.
  4. Use your tire gauge to check the air pressure in the tire. If the pressure is still low, repeat the previous step.
  5. Repeat this process for the other three tires.

Keep in mind that not all gas station air hose gauges are 100% accurate, but overall, you want to make sure to not over inflate your tire. This can cause distortion in the tire shape, leading to more wear and tear and decreased traction. If this happens, there is a simple fix: release some air from your tire by pressing the pin of the tire valve in the nozzle. If you don’t get it on your first try, that’s okay; it may take a few attempts to understand your car tire pressure. It won’t take you long to get the hang of it, so don’t give up!

How Much Air Should I Put in My Tires?

Toms River drivers tend to ask our service department questions around how much air they should be putting in their tires. Newer vehicles will have this information on a sticker inside the driver’s door that has the recommended car tire pressure. If you don’t have a sticker, check your owner’s manual. Most vehicles suggest 32 to 35psi.

To get the most accurate reading, check the tire pressure after the car has cooled off. When putting air in your tires, keep in mind the following:

  • Don’t inflate your tires to the psi given on the actual tire. This number indicates the maximum amount of pressure the tire can hold — not its recommended psi.
  • You can usually tell that you’ve overinflated your tires when the ride quality is bouncy and the car is harder to handle.
  • Underinflated tires can lead to faster tire wear and tear.

Filling Your Tires in the Winter

Berkeley winters are often cold and brutal, impacting your tire performance. Cold weather causes your tires to lose pressure, leading to less efficient fuel economy, increased braking time, and increased proneness to skidding. To keep your tires healthy and functional during cold weather, check your tire pressure more often to make sure you have enough air in your tires. You might need to refill more often as well.

Should I Put Nitrogen in My Tires?

Toms River drivers often ask about putting nitrogen in their tires. It’s said that nitrogen can reduce rolling resistance, reduce air loss and boost fuel efficiency, but research says those “benefits” are more theoretical than factual. Studies show that nitrogen does in fact reduce air loss, but it’s minimal compared to filling your tires with regular air. It was also found that rolling resistance remains the same, regardless of what type of air you fill your tires with. At the end of the day, either gas works.

At most dealerships, it costs at least $5 per tire to fill with oxygen, but at a gas station, you can fill your tires with regular air for quarters. Some places will even let you do it for free. As long as you focus on taking care of your tires, you’ll be safe on the road.

Schedule Tire Service at Honda of Toms River!

If you’re not comfortable with going to a gas station and filling your tires yourself, visit our service center in Toms River, and our technicians will be happy to fill your tires and make sure they’re in good driving condition. Check our website for service specials as well. We hope to see you soon!

 

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