When was the last time you checked the tire pressure on your BMW? If you haven’t ever done that, it’s time you did. Maybe you don’t have a clue how to do that or what optimal tire pressure is. If that’s the case, and you have no desire to learn, simply bring your BMW into an authorized service center like Bimmex and the qualified and helpful technicians there can help.
For those that prefer a more hands on approach, how can you check the tire pressure?
On each tire of your vehicle, including the spare tire, there will be a small valve. This valve should have a small plastic cover on it that you would unscrew. When you remove the cab, you will see a metal tube with a small pen in the center.
Take the tire pressure gauge, place it over that valve, and press down. You will hear the sound of air escaping, so press hard enough so that sound stops. You will see the tire pressure gauge, whether it’s digital or manual, show a reading. This reading could be just about any number between about 10 and 40 or 50, but it should be around 32 psi.
If the tire pressure is low, you will need to add air to the tires.
You can do this at an air filling station, usually found at most fueling stations across the country, and some of these devices will allow you to set the number for the tire pressure you want and all you have to do is hold the hose onto the valve until the machine stops pumping air into the tires.
If the tires are overinflated, you can basically use the tire pressure gauge to release some of the air until you reach the optimal pressure.
Remember, if you have any questions or doubts about your ability to do this, bring it to an authorized service technician to ensure it is done properly.