How do I fill air in car tires at a gas station?

My tire is low and the only place in my town to get air is at the gas station. How do I fill the air in car tires at a gas station?

Good question! Definitely important to know how to do this, so let’s walk you through it.
  • First, park your car near the tire filling pump in a position that allows you to reach all tires with the air hose.
  • Once you’ve parked in a good position, find the correct tire PSI for your vehicle. Your driver’s door jam should have a label with this information. If you don’t see a tire pressure label here, check your owner’s manual or inside the fuel door.
  • Then, remove the valve stem cap from each tire and put them in the vehicle or your pocket, so you don’t lose them. Take them off before you start the air pump so you can save time.
  • Attach the air pump to each valve stem and fill to the correct pressure. Attach the tube firmly to the valve stem. You should not hear a hissing sound that indicates air is coming out of the tire. Most air pumps allow you to set the pressure and alert you when to remove the hose. If the air pump doesn’t have this, you’ll need a tire pressure gauge to check.
Once you’ve inflated all four tires to the correct pressure, walk the air hose back to the machine and replace the valve stem caps on your tires.
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Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Nov 17, 2021

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