Auto Repair St. Louis, Brakes, Tires, Suspension, Alignment

How do I know what my recommended tire pressure should be?

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.

Tire Manufacturers & Distributors and Vehicle Manufacturers all agree – use the Vehicle Manufacturers recommendation.  Today’s vehicles have been designed by some amazingly smart engineers and they don’t put just any tire on any car and they take the tire’s pressure very seriously when building the 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.  They 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

“So, now that I know I’m supposed to go by the Vehicle Manufacturer’s recommended pressure, how do I find it?”  Great question!  There is a sticker in the door frame of your vehicle on the driver’s side that will list many important bits of information.  I have attached several samples with arrows to indicate the tire pressure information as a sample.  If you go to your door frame and your sticker is illegible, gone, or just too hard to figure out, then give me a call and I will be happy to look up the information for you!