Everyone was faced with a situation where the car had a flat tire. It’s not nice, especially in the morning and especially when you are in a hurry. There can be several reasons: – it is either a puncture or a nipple, or rubber does not fit tightly to the disc, read more here. And so you go out and see that it is descended, and you have to go. So you have to pump it up, but in the evening you have to do tire fitting. For experienced drivers, there’s nothing simpler, once the rubber is inflated. But for young, inexperienced drivers, it can be difficult. To help beginners, our useful advice is how to inflate the wheel…
Seems hard to pump up your car’s wheels? But, nevertheless, even such a simple operation, in general, generates a lot of questions that we can not ignore. But before we talk about the process of pumping the wheels, let’s remember why it is necessary to maintain optimal pressure in them.
A car tire is responsible for the safety and comfort of driving. It has to be kept in good working order. This is a prerequisite for long-term and safe operation. Not all drivers know how to inflate the wheel, let us understand the nuances of this work in more detail.
Why it’s important to keep your tyres at normal pressure.
Tire pressure is an important parameter, it is responsible for the main technical characteristics of the wheel. The vehicle manufacturer calculates this parameter in advance and specifies it in the recommendations.
If the tyre has a reduced pressure, this will lead to higher fuel consumption in the first place. This is due to a reduction in the rolling ratio. There is also uneven grip on the road surface, resulting in reduced driving safety, which is felt as more difficult driving. Tires wear increases and the disc rim can cut the sidewall when pressure drops too much.
Tyres should not be pumped either. The tire will wear out unevenly and the middle part of the tread will be affected. Increased pressure can cause an explosion and complete destruction of the tire on the road. In addition, wheel stiffness will increase and braking efficiency will decrease.
How often should you check the tyre pressure
The pressure should be checked at least once a month. If there are sudden temperature changes outside, the parameter should be checked every two weeks. Be sure to measure the pressure before every long journey.
In the morning, carry out a visual inspection of the tyres. If there are any doubts about the quality of inflation, it is worth checking the pressure, if necessary, inflate the tire. It is worth checking and inflation on all wheels and different tyre pressures can cause the vehicle to lose control.
Be sure to check the condition of the spare wheel.
Where to find the correct tire pressure for your vehicle
Tyre pressure is determined by the vehicle manufacturer, he tests the limits to which rubber can be inflated. The data must be specified in the vehicle documents.
For greater simplicity, the parameters are additionally specified on a nameplate. It can be found on the front rack of the vehicle or on the inside of the fuel filler flap. In rare cases, the basic technical data plate can be found on the door. All you have to do is find the plate on your car and see how much pressure you can apply to the tires.
When you can shake the wheels.
There are certain pumping rules. They include not only how much air is pumped into the tyre, but also when to do so. The basic requirement is that the tire should only be inflated after a long period of parking. The tire heats up as you drive. According to physical laws, the temperature has a direct effect on gas pressure. Accordingly, the indicator will not be accurate immediately after stopping.
It is necessary to wait until the temperature in the tyre is equal to the outside temperature. This takes 3-4 hours. After waiting that long, you can measure the pressure accurately. It is most convenient to measure pressure and inflate in the morning, after a night’s parking.
How do you pump up a wheel with your own hands
It is not difficult to pump up the car wheel, but a beginner may have a few questions. Let’s go through the process and you’ll eventually know how to pump up the wheel correctly. You will need a pump, you can use a foot pump, or a compressor. Now there are compressors that run on a cigarette lighter. If you don’t have a pressure gauge in the pump, you’ll need this device as well.
Let’s take a step-by-step look at how the tubeless tyre pumps up.
- We put the car on the handle. It is desirable to choose a flat place.
- We take out the pump and the pressure gauge. If the compressor is electric, connect it to the power supply. Usually connection occurs through a cigarette lighter, just insert the tip of the cord into the cigarette lighter.
- Unscrew the protective cap from the bus nipple. The cap should be placed carefully to the side so as not to lose it.
- Connect the tip of the hose to the wheel. To do this, simply put the tip on the nipple, at the beginning you will hear the sound of the outgoing air. That’s okay. Put the tip on completely.
- After the tip handle, rotate it at a 90° angle. This is how we fix the hose to the nipple.
- Let’s look at the pressure gauge. It shows the tyre pressure if the compressor is not turned on enough. We wait for the pressure gauge to show a normal parameter.
- Disconnect the tip. You have to do it gently, but fast enough.
- Let’s screw in the cap that was removed earlier.
Then we repeat all the procedures described on the other wheels, including the spare. Now the car is ready to go.
If the pump is foot, all actions are the same, except for connection to the power supply. The air supply is carried out by driving the pump piston, this is done with the foot.
Pumping the tire of the car is not a difficult job. Every car owner can do it, even without any experience. The main thing is to know the basic rules, they are not difficult, to execute them will not be difficult. But save time for a trip to the car service.
Pumped tires are not good either. First of all – for the same suspension. A solid tyre will deliver more impact on the suspension elements than an optimally or insufficiently inflated tyre. Over time, the suspension parts may fail, and riding on such tires is not convenient. That’s why it’s better to stick to the “golden mean” when it comes to inflating tyres.