Did you know that not all tires are the same and not all vehicles require the same amount of pressure? It’s true. If you are unsure what your tire pressure should be – rest easy – you are not alone. It is a subject that many people are unsure about. With recommendations coming from all directions, including well-meaning family members, it is hard sometimes to know exactly what to do.
What Your Tire Pressure Should Be
Tire manufacturers & distributors as well as vehicle manufacturers all agree – use the Vehicle Manufacturers recommendation. Today’s vehicles have been designed by some crazy smart engineers and they don’t put just any tire on any car. They take the tire’s pressure very seriously when building many different systems on your vehicle.
All parts of the system and the computer in your vehicle that monitors the system all are built to accommodate a specific pressure. It will take in to account many factors, including fuel economy, load capacity of the vehicle, safety of dry and wet conditions, among others. Running your tires at the wrong pressure can affect the performance of your vehicle in many different ways, shorten the life of your tires and in extreme situations can even cause unsafe driving conditions for your family by affecting your anti-lock braking systems and other safety features.
Finding Your Recommended Tire Pressure
“So, now that I know I’m supposed to go by the Vehicle Manufacturer’s recommended pressure, how do I find it?” There is a sticker in the door frame of your vehicle on the driver’s side that will list many important bits of information.
If you go to your door frame and your sticker is illegible, gone, or just too hard to figure out, then check your owner’s manual, search for the make and model of your vehicle online, or call us and we’ll let you know.