How to Use an Air Compressor on Your Flat Tire

How to Use an Air Compressor on Your Flat Tire
Air compressors give enough air pressure to sufficiently fill a low tire

It happens to everyone, so don’t think you are alone here. Every so often, we all run into issues regarding our tires. The main issue revolves around the tire pressure being way too low. This happens due to not having enough air in the tire itself. When you drive around with too much low air in the tire, eventually the pressure is going to give out. Eventually, you will wind up having a flat.

When this happens you are going to need to spend some time fixing it. One of the best tools you can use for this job is an air compressor. I had an air compressor for the last car I owned. It was a lifesaver in so many ways.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use your compressor to restore your tire back to new.

How to Use an Air Compressor on Your Flat Tire

  1. The first thing you will need to do is buy a tire gauge. This is good for telling how much-compressed air you really need. Putting in too much compressed air into a tire can do some serious damage. You don’t want to have this happen, believe me. You can also consult with your car’s ownership manual to see what it says. Your car should have come equipped with one.
  2. For most cars, you should have between 30-35 psi’s inside the tire

  3. Next, you should be removing the stem cap to your tire. Leave it off to the side when you put the air into the tire. Word of advice, leave the cap on the valve until you are ready to use the compressor. When the cap is fully off the valve, even just for a minute, some of the leftover air in the tire could still get free. This will save this from happening.
  4. Hook up the compressor cord and the tire and let the air go in. Now you will have to be patient at this point. Depending on how low your tire is, you could have a long way to go. Now if you have just filled up your tire in the last few weeks, you might want to consider doing just a “top-off” here.
  5. Now as you fill your tire up, keep an eye on the gauge. Make sure that your tire is getting filled with the right amount of air. As was noted before, too much air could cause some problems too.
  6. Once you are done, gently remove the hose to the compressor. Now you might hear some hissing as it’s being removed. This is normal. It might even feel as though the air is being left out again. It’s not, actually. Put the stem cap back on the valve and you are done. This is a fairly simple thing to do. If you are not sure as to what you are doing the first time around, get a friend to help you out.

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