So how do you use a compressor to inflate tires? It seems to be a simple question, but it isn’t so simple if you have never done it, is it?
Here’s what you need to do.
First off, don’t worry about the fact that your compressor can generate 300 PSI. That’s a good thing.
On the discharge line from the tank to the coupler where you would connect an air line is a regulator. Not sure what this or does?
1. Set The Pressure: All you have to do is “dial down” the pressure reading on this regulator (watch the gauge) to whatever pressure level you want to use.
In your case, if you want to inflate tires without bothering to check the resulting tire pressure, set the regulator to the recommended pressure of your tire. That’s usually in the area of 35 PSI for light truck and car tires, but you need to look on your tire or on your car’s door post for the specs for your vehicle.
2. Connect: You connect your air line to the compressor discharge coupler.
At the other end of the air line you need to have a tire filler tool (tire chuck) installed.
If you dont have one of these, you can get this one, the AstroAI Air Chuck, Heavy Duty Closed Flow Lock On Tire Chuck with Clip for Inflator Gauge Compressor Accessories, Yellow
One end fits onto the valve in your tire to allow air to flow in, and the other, with a connector installed, connects to the coupler on the end of your air hose.
Once you’ve got it all installed and connected, push the tire chuck onto the fill valve of your tire and the air will flow from your compressor into the tire and fill it to the pressure on your regulator gauge setting.
Make sure you set the regulator to the right pressure, or add air to the tire and then use a tire pressure gauge to check the tire. Make sure you don’t overfill the tires.
Best Tire Air Compressors
Just in case you are looking for a new air compressor for your tires, here are some great choices:
2. FORTEM Digital Tire Inflator for Car w/Auto Pump/Shut Off Feature, Portable Air Compressor, Carrying Case
3. Helteko Portable Air Compressor Pump 150PSI 12V – Digital Tire Inflator – Auto Tire Pump with Emergency Led Lighting and Long Cable for Car – Bicycle – Motorcycle – Basketball and other
You do need to take care when using an air compressor to inflate tires, but it is a good use for an air compressor if you have the right one. Please don’t use an air compressor not designed for the job. You might blow your tires to smitherines! The air compressors we use and mention above are some of the best air compressors for pumping tires – inflating tires on cars, inflating tires on bicycles, and on all sort of other things, even inflating basketballs!! They will speed that up! So get one and have a go.