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How do I know how much air to put in my car tires?

By Product Expert | Posted in Q&A, Tips and Tricks on Friday, September 8th, 2018 at 7:48 PM
customer looking at new tires at the store

Tire maintenance is one of the easiest things that drivers can do to ensure that their car is safe and performing optimally, but it’s also one of the most common maintenance items that is skipped or avoided until a problem arises. Keeping your tires filled to the correct PSI can optimize fuel economy and handling and can even prolong the life of expensive tires. Find out where to locate your car’s recommended tire pressure which is measured in PSI or pounds per square inch below.

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Where To Find Your Car’s Recommended PSI

flat tire on a carThere are a few places where your car’s recommended tire PSI should be listed including on the driver’s side door, driver’s side door jamb, or inside the glove compartment. If you don’t see any stickers with PSI recommendations in those areas, take a look through your owner’s manual and you should find what you need. Just don’t use the PSI listing on the wall of your tire. This is not the recommended tire pressure but rather an indication of the maximum PSI the tire can hold.

Keep in mind that whenever you are replacing your tires you should be sure to replace them with tires of the same size. Not only will this help to ensure your car performs as it should, but it will also keep the PSI consistent with the recommendations in your owner’s manual or on your vehicle. If you have replaced your tires with ones that are larger or smaller than the factory-installed tires, your recommended tire PSI will be different.

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Other Tire Care Tips and Tricks

While checking your current PSI or filling your tires with air, take some time to check the health of your tires with a visual inspection. Do you see any tears or bubbling? Does the tread look worn or uneven? If you do see signs of tire wear, it could be time to bring your car into your local service center and let the pros take a look. It could be time for a tire rotation or replacement.