How do I fix overinflated tires?

I had a low tire pressure warning the other day, so I went and filled up my tires at the gas station. Problem is, I think I overfilled them! How do I fix overinflated tires?

Nick Kunze · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s good you’re trying to fix this issue—overinflated tires can cause a blowout and cause your tires to wear out more quickly. Thankfully, you can fix an overinflated tire at home!
To fix overinflated tires, do the following:
  • To partially deflate a tire, you first need to unscrew the valve stem cap. Be sure to put it somewhere safe—these small pieces are easy to lose!
  • Now, use a pressure gauge to check your tire pressure. This will give you an idea of how far above the recommended PSI you are. To find your car’s recommended PSI, check on your tire or in the car’s owner manual.
  • Using the back of the air gauge, push the metal pin in the center of the valve stem. This will release air. Do so slowly and regularly check the PSI to make sure you have removed too much air.
Once you’ve got the tire pressure back to the recommended range, you should be good to go!
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