What is the Recommended BMW Tire Pressure?

A close up shot of a 2020 BMW tire and wheel

Did you know that ensuring the proper BMW tire pressure delivers numerous benefits for your vehicle? Wondering about the recommended BMW tire air pressure for your particular model? 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.
  • The BMW recommended PSI could also be found in 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 the Perillo BMW service center.

Why is Proper Tire Pressure Important?

When you are driving a BMW X5 or 3 Series 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

BMW SUV Tire Pressure

BMW SUV tire pressure can range depending on which model you drive and the tire size. For example, recent BMW X3 models have a tire pressure that ranges from 32 PSI to 41 PSI. With the BMW X5, figures can fluctuate between 32 PSI and 45 PSI. The larger BMW X7 may have a BMW recommended tire pressure between 32 and 42 PSI.

BMW Sedan Tire Pressure

What about BMW sedan tire pressure? Here, you will also find variations based on model and tire size. Recent BMW 3 Series models can have a BMW recommended tire pressure between 32 and 42 PSI. The BMW 5 Series tire pressure can range between 33 and 44 PSI.

How to Check Tire Pressure

How can you tell if your BMW tire pressure is correct? 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. What happens if the BMW tire pressure warning light comes on in your BMW X5 or BMW 3 Series? If you see this light turn on and you want to know how to check BMW tire pressure to see how much air they need, follow these steps below. Always check tire pressure when the warning light comes on.

  1. Check the BMW tire pressure when the tires are cold as opposed to right after the car 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’s 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.

If your BMW tire pressure is not at the level it should be, 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 on your BMW X3 or 5 Series.
  • 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. It also needs the correct BMW recommended PSI. 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 about BMW low tire pressure.

BMW Tire, Oil Change, and Maintenance Coupons




The BMW Ultimate Care Oil Services plan includes unlimited oil and oil filter changes for three years for $225.00 plus taxes and disposal fees where applicable. The need for included services are prompted by the vehicle’s Condition Based Service (CBS) system. For non-CBS vehicles, annual low-mileage oil changes are included as outlined in your BMW Maintenance Booklet. Available for all BMW vehicles that have reached 60 months or 60,000 miles but have not yet exceeded 240 months / 20 years and have no current Ultimate Care+ coverage. Plan is also available for purchase for vehicles that have reached at least 54 months and are currently covered by the BMW Ultimate Care Scheduled or BMW Ultimate Care+2 coverage. All work is carried out by BMW Trained Technicians using Original BMW Parts, which come with a two-year unlimited mileage limited warranty. Warranty repairs do not constitute an extension of the original limited warranty period for the vehicle or a part thereof.

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