What is the Recommended BMW Tire Pressure?

A close up shot of a 2020 BMW tire and wheel

Most BMW models have a recommended tire pressure of 32 PSI (pounds per square inch). However, you should always double-check this for your specific model–here’s how to find out the recommended tire pressure for your BMW:

  • Check the sticker on the inside edge of the driver’s door.
  • Or, refer to your owner’s manual if you still have the same type of tires that came with the vehicle

Maintaining proper tire pressure for your BMW is essential for safety and optimum performance on Chicago and Park Ridge roads–learn more about BMW tire care from the experts at thePerillo BMW service center.

Why is Proper Tire Pressure Important?

When you are driving a BMW with properly inflated tires, there is a wide range of benefits. Proper tire air pressure can:

  1. Help reduce the risk of flat tires and blowouts.
  2. Help extend the life of your tires by reducing wheel spin and excess friction.
  3. Improve fuel efficiency up to 3.3%, according to the Department of Energy.

How to Check Tire Pressure

Most BMW models, whether new or used, include a built-in tire pressure monitor, with a tire pressure monitor warning light on the dashboard that will turn on if the pressure is low. If you see this light turn on and you want to check the tire pressure to see how much air they need, follow these steps below:

  1. Check the tire pressure when the tires are cold as opposed to right after the care has been driven. This ensures a more accurate reading.
  2. Unscrew the valve stem cap and put it somewhere safe.
  3. Place a tire gauge onto the valve stem and firmly press down.
  4. The gauge will display the PSI. If it right around the 32 mark, you are good.
  5. Remove the gauge.
  6. If you have more than the recommended PSI, let some of the air out by pressing down the center plunger in the valve stem, and recheck.
  7. If the PSI is below what’s recommended, add enough air to bring it up to the recommended level.
  8. Replace the valve stem cap.

Where can you fill up your tires? There are several options for Oak Park drivers.

  • At home, you can use a special car tire pump.
  • If your tires are only slightly under-inflated, a bicycle pump can work in a pinch.
  • Many gas stations have tire filling areas
  • You can have your tires filled by a professional at a service center.

Don’t forget to also check your BMW spare tire every 6 months to a year to make sure it isn’t losing air. Having an under-inflated spare tire isn’t much help if you get a flat out on the roads.

BMW Tire Care Tips

  1. Visually inspect your tires on a regular basis for tread wear or cracks in the sidewalls.
  2. If your tires regularly lose air pressure, it could be a slow leak that should be addressed immediately.
  3. Keep up to date with the recommended tire rotation and wheel alignment schedule in your BMW owner’s manual maintenance schedule.
  4. If the outside temperature drops quickly, your tire pressure will drop as well, and the warning light may go on. Add air at your earliest convenience when this happens.

Rely on Perillo BMW for Your Service Needs

Check out our current service specials, then schedule a service appointment with us and we’ll get your vehicle taken care of ASAP. You can also turn to Perillo BMW for additional automotive tips, like how to update BMW software, how to keep an unused car healthy, and more.

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