How Can I Find My Vehicle’s Recommended Tire Pressure?
The car manufacturer has provided the vehicle’s tire sizes and recommended cold tire pressures located on a placard somewhere in your car. The first place to check would be somewhere along the door frame around the driver’s door jamb. This tire placard lists the proper cold tire pressure for both the front and rear of your car.
Other places where you might find a tire placard are inside your glove box or inside the fuel lid. If the placard isn’t there, your vehicle owner’s manual will almost always list the proper recommended tire inflation pressures.
In order to determine your current tire pressure, you may:
- Use a tire pressure gauge,
- If available in your model vehicle, check your digital tire pressure readout on your dashboard,
- Visit an authorized Goodyear dealer to have your tire pressure evaluated.
Note: It’s important that tire pressure is checked while the tires are cold, which means the vehicle has not been driven for a minimum of 3 hours, and ideally the tires are kept in a shaded area.
One place to not look for the vehicle recommended tire pressure is on the sidewall of the tire. There will typically be an inflation pressure listed on your tire – but that pressure is the maximum inflation pressure for the tire, and not the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
Checking the pressure in your tires is a relatively simple process. Learn more on how to check your tire pressure.
What Happens If I Use the Incorrect Tire Pressure?
A tire with an inflation pressure less than what is specified on the vehicle placard when the tire pressure is checked cold (not driven for a minimum of 3 hours) is considered underinflated. An underinflated tire may not support the load of the vehicle and can result in poor vehicle handling, uneven and premature treadwear, and increased rolling resistance - negatively impacting fuel economy, and potentially resulting in excessive heat buildup which could ultimately lead to tire failure.
Conversely, a tire with an inflation pressure greater than what is specified on the vehicle placard when checked cold is considered overinflated. An overinflated tire can result in a harsh ride, poor vehicle handling, be more prone to impact damage, and potentially result in reduced wet and dry traction.
What Do I Do if My Tire Keeps Losing Air Pressure?
If your tire keeps losing pressure, you could have damage to the tire or valve stem. If you’re continually using the tire when it’s underinflated, the excessive heat and friction could cause damage to the tire. If your tire often needs re-inflation, the tire should be inspected by a Goodyear Authorized Dealer or replaced. Your Goodyear Authorized dealer can inspect the tire, repair it if possible, or suggest replacement options for your vehicle.