What Is the Recommended BMW Tire Pressure?

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For most BMW tires, the recommended tire pressure is 32 PSI (pounds per square inch), but you should always rely on your owner’s manual as a source of truth. You can also refer to the sticker found inside your door jamb that offers pertinent information about your BMW tire pressure. Whether you need to get your vehicle set for a road trip out past Galesburg, or you want to be certain that your Pekin commute remains safe, knowing how to check tire pressure will go a long way. Read on with our BMW of Peoria service experts to learn more about BMW tire care!

Why Proper BMW Tire Pressure Is Important

Proper tire air pressure is essential for performance, efficiency, and safety on the Dunlap streets. Learning how to check tire pressure to keep your BMW tires in good shape will:

  1. Reduce the risk of flat or blown-out tires
  2. Extend the life of your tires by reducing friction
  3. Improve fuel economy by up to 3.3%, according to the Department of Energy

How to Check Tire Pressure

Generally, your BMW model will be equipped with a tire air pressure monitor to keep tabs on the status of your tires on your behalf. However, if you prefer to check your tires with a tire pressure gauge or if your vehicle isn’t equipped with a TPMS, follow these steps to learn how to check tire pressure:

  1. Unscrew the cap for your valve stem and store it somewhere safe. 
  2. Place the tire pressure gauge on the valve stem and press down firmly. 
  3. The gauge will read in PSI. If you’re right around the 32 PSI mark, you can continue your Peoria travels with peace of mind. 
  4. Remove the gauge.
  5. If your tires are overfilled, remove some air by pressing down on the center of the valve stem with the back of the tire pressure gauge.
  6. If your tires are underfilled, slowly add more air until you reach a sufficient volume. 
  7. Replace the valve stem cap.

You can easily take on this task at home or while running errands around town. If you need to add air, you can use one of the many air pumps found at gas stations on seemingly every corner. You’ll also want to be sure to check your BMW spare tire every 6 months to a year!

Tire Care Tips

  1. Visually inspect your tires on a routine basis to check for tread wear or cracks in the sidewalls. Every few months, check your BMW spare tire as well.
  2. If you’re consistently making your way to the gas station to add air to your tire, you may have a slow leak that should be addressed immediately.
  3. Stay in line with tire rotations and wheel alignments as prescribed by your maintenance schedule.
  4. If the weather outside suddenly gets cold, you can expect a drop in your tire pressure. While normal, you’ll want to add air to your tires as soon as possible. 

Expert BMW Tire Care Is Available at BMW of Peoria

Whether you need to check your BMW spare tire, or you want recommendations for a reliable tire pressure gauge, BMW of Peoria is here to offer the support and guidance you need. Along with delivering tire air pressure tips, we provide rotating service specials to help you save with every visit to our dealership. Schedule service with us today to enjoy leading car care!

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