What is the Recommended BMW Tire Pressure?

If you make your daily commute to Raleigh in a performance-driven BMW SAV®, sedan, coupe, or EV, it’s important to maintain the recommended BMW tire pressure of 32 PSI (pounds per square inch). This is the proper BMW tire pressure for most models in the BMW lineup, but you should still confirm it in your owner’s manual.

BMW of Southpoint is your trusted resource for auto maintenance tips and tricks, including information for your BMW tires like when to rotate them! If you’re interested in learning more about tire pressure specifically, read on for our top tips including how to check BMW tire pressure.

Why is BMW Tire Pressure Important?

There are a few compelling reasons to pay attention to your tire pressure as you drive around Cary every day. Tire pressure recommendations are created with the following benefits in mind:

  • Reduces the risk of a flat or blown-out tire
  • Reduces friction and wheel spin while driving, thereby extending the life of your tires
  • Improves fuel economy by as much as 3.3 percent, per the Department of Energy

How to Check BMW Tire Pressure

Most new BMW vehicles are equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on the dashboard to let you know when you need to adjust the air in your BMW tires, and some can also tell you the current PSI for each tire so you know how much air to add or release. However, it’s also useful to know how to check BMW tire pressure manually:

  1. Unscrew the valve stem cap and set it aside somewhere you won’t lose track of it.
  2. Place a tire gauge onto the valve stem and press down firmly.
  3. The gauge will give a reading of the PSI. If the reading is around the 32 mark, you’re good to go.
  4. Remove the tire gauge.
  5. If the gauge shows a higher PSI than 32, you can release some air from the tire by pressing the center plunger of the gauge into the valve stem. Release the air in small, quick bursts, re-checking the PSI until you get the correct reading.
  6. If the gauge shows a lower PSI than 32, add a little air and check the PSI again.
  7. Once you adjust the BMW tire pressure to the proper level, be sure to replace the cap on the valve stem.

If you need to add air to your BMW tires, you can use an at-home car tire pump or visit your preferred gas station that has a tire filling station. Of course, you can also get your tire pressure adjusted at a service center near Chapel Hill.

Caring for Your BMW Tires

In addition to maintaining the correct BMW tire pressure, here are some additional practices to keep your BMW tires in good shape:

  • Perform routine visual checks, looking for excessive tread wear, tire punctures, and cracked sidewalls.
  • BMW spare tires shouldn’t be neglected — be sure to check your spare every 6 months so it’s ready to be used should you ever need it.
  • Follow the tire rotation and wheel alignment schedule outlined in your owner’s manual.
  • If there’s a sudden drop in the temperature outside, it may affect your tire pressure and trigger the warning light. You will often need to add air to your tires when this happens.

Schedule BMW Tire Service at BMW of Southpoint

Need help adjusting your vehicle’s tire pressure? You’re welcome to schedule service with the BMW of Southpoint service department! Our technicians are happy to help and can get you back on the road quickly. If you have additional questions, you can also fill out a contact form to connect with a friendly service advisor.

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