What Is the Recommended BMW Tire Pressure?

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The recommended tire pressure for most BMW models is 32 PSI (pounds per square inch). However, our experts at BMW of Wichita recommend checking the sticker on the inside edge of the driver’s door for more information. If you can’t find the information on your BMW tires there, refer to your owner’s manual. 

Whether you’re planning a long trip out of Andover or you are simply running errands in Derby, your BMW’s tire pressure needs to be correct for optimal results. Learn more about BMW tire care from the experts at the BMW of Wichita service center.



Why Proper Tire Pressure Is Important

Properly inflated tires on your BMW can:

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


How to Check Tire Pressure

Most modern BMW models have a tire pressure monitor on the dashboard to alert you if the pressure is low. You’ll get a more accurate reading if you use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure when the tires are cold. Do not immediately after the car has been driven. 

Follow these steps for checking the BMW tire pressure:

  1. Unscrew the valve stem cap and put it somewhere safe.
  2. Place a tire pressure gauge onto the valve stem and firmly press down.
  3. The gauge will display the PSI. If it’s right around the 32 mark, you are good.
  4. Remove the gauge.
  5. 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 using the tire pressure gauge. 
  6. If the PSI is below what’s recommended, add enough air to bring it up to the recommended level. 
  7. Replace the valve stem cap.

You can fill your tires at home with a car tire pump or even with a bike pump (which would take longer), or you can go to a gas station or service center with an industrial-strength tire air pressure machine. Don’t forget to check your BMW spare tire every six months to a year.

BMW Tire Care Tips

  1. Visually inspect your tires on a regular basis for tread wear or cracks in the sidewalls.
  2. Check the tire pressure every time you fill up the gas tank, or every week if you have an EV. Tires typically wear out more quickly on EVs because they are heavier than internal combustion engines. 
  3. If your tires regularly lose air pressure, it could be a slow leak that should be addressed immediately.
  4. Keep up to date with the recommended tire rotation and wheel alignment schedule in your BMW owner’s manual maintenance schedule. 
  5. If the outside temperature drops quickly, your tire pressure will drop as well, and the warning light may go on. Add air to your BMW tires at your earliest convenience when this happens. 


Expert BMW Tire Care at BMW of Wichita

The BMW of Wichita tire centeroffers a fine selection of BMW tires from major brands such as Goodyear, Michelin, and Pirelli. Any of these brands provide performance and safety on Newton roads. Check out our current service specials, then schedule a service appointment with us, and we’ll get your vehicle taken care of as soon as possible as we diagnose your BMW tire air pressure difficulties.


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