A flat tire can happen to anyone at any time – and it always happens whenever you least expect it. This is where an air compressor comes in. Though it has several uses, an air compressor is most commonly used to inflate a flat tire. If you have an air compressor in handy, this is something that you should do.
Identify The Pressure Of The Tire
Before you start at anything, it is very important to know how much the tire needs when air pressure is considered. Check the pressure level that the tire is currently at. A digital pressure gauge will be able to help you with this. If you are unsure about the tire pressure that you should be at, you can consult the owner manual your vehicle comes with.
Make sure that you are careful with the air pressure. Going with too much air will bring some problems with performance and handling. On the other hand, if the air pressure is too low, the tire will have issues with temperature due to the extra friction.
Additionally, when you fill-up the tires, make sure that you do it when the temperature is at the cooler side.
Prepare Your Tire For The Inflating Process
Every car tire must be equipped with a stem cap on top. It can usually be found at the valve stem top. Unscrew the cap and keep them at the side for use later. Make sure that you will only uncap the valve when you are ready to inflate because some extra air might come out and mess up the pressure level that you have checked earlier.
Start Using Your Air Compressor
There are portable and still air compressors – both depend on electricity to function quite well. Going with an air compressor on electricity, you can start by plugging it on. Another safety tip is to verify first the voltage that your compressor runs on and use outlets that match to avoid any type of problem. If you use the wrong circuit, you are in for an explosion – one that will surely help nobody.
For easier access, you should place the flat tire closer to the air compressor – or vice versa, depending on the situation. Then, screw in the air hose to the tire compressor, making sure that the coupler is situated towards the end. Make sure that the hose will be much secured before you start turning the machine on.
This time, you have to wait for the tire to get filled in with air. Depending on how flat your tire was at the start, the wait time will be different for every situation. Just make sure not to leave your tires while it is inflating to avoid over-inflating them.
Remove The Air Compressor Hose
Depending on the air compressor that you use, there are some models that stop automatically when they detect that the target pressure level is reached. If not, you must monitor things on your own. If there is too much air, you can press down a little to release them.
Finally, you must remove the hose and replace the stem cap securely back on.
Air compressors genuinely serve a great purpose in car maintenance. Knowing the steps on how to use devices like this will help you in times of need and improve your road knowledge in no time.