What should the tire pressure be on my car?

Tire Pressure

The recommended tire pressure for your vehicle depends on a number of factors including the weight of your vehicle, application, tire size, and whether you will be driving on or off the road. You can usually find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle by looking at the sticker on the driver’s side door jamb. Your owner’s manual will also list it for you.

Note that your front and rear tire pressures will probably be different because of the weight distribution of your vehicle. Generally, most passenger cars and minivans have recommendations that range from 29 to 35 PSI (pounds per square inch). For full-size pickup trucks and SUVs, the recommended inflation pressures tend to be about 5 to 8 PSI higher to reflect the larger tire sizes and greater weight of these vehicles

If your goal is to improve fuel economy, you should try to use the maximum recommended inflation for your vehicle. Don’t exceed this value, as over-inflated tires won’t wear evenly and will cause premature tire wear as well as give you a less comfortable ride. If you plan to put a lot of extra weight in your vehicle, you will also need to add a few extra pounds of pressure to compensate. Never exceed the maximum tire inflation listed on the sidewall of your tire. Higher pressure than this risks tire failure, which means a dangerous blowout on the road.

When you’re checking your tire pressure, be sure to do it first thing in the morning while your tires are still cool. If you notice that tires on one side of the vehicle have a higher pressure than the other, then check to see if you’re parked in the sun. Try to check your tires in a cool, shady spot after your vehicle has been sitting for at least a few hours.

If you drive a Kia and can’t find the tire pressure on your car door or in your manual, you can also contact Mississauga Kia’s service department for information on the proper PSI for your particular model. You can also phone our Service Department.