How do I use a car air compressor?

How do I put air in a tire with an air compressor? My tires are looking a little low. My neighbor said he'd lend me his air compressor, but I don't know how to use it.

Answer
“What an awesome neighbor!
To fill your tires using a car air compressor:
  • Start by turning on the air compressor.
  • Then, remove the cap from the valve stem (where you put the air in) on your tire.
  • Attach the connector hose from the compressor to the valve stem, and press the lever to turn on the air.
  • Fill the tire to the desired level.
  • Finally, replace the valve stem cover and turn off the compressor.
Because driving on a flat or partially inflated tire is never a good idea, learning how to use an air compressor is an essential part of car ownership. In addition, you should have a tire gauge in your car’s emergency kit and check your tire pressure regularly.
For added peace of mind, a roadside assistance membership can help ensure you never end up stranded. Jerry partners with Urgently to provide roadside assistance, including jump starts, lockout service, key replacement, and towing for only $50 a year.”
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Answered on Aug 27, 2021
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