What’s Your Tire PSI?

January 31, 2015


What is PSI?

TiresIt stands for “Pounds per Square Inch.” PSI is very important to your tires. The correct tire pressure makes traveling safer and saves on gas too!

  • Increases the life of your tires
  • Better fuel economy
  • Saves you money on tires and fuel
  • Less tires going to landfills

How much PSI?

It’s usually a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation regarding your tires’ PSI for everyday driving.  There are other factors, like how much you carry in your car, you may need to make adjustments to offset the extra weight.

Where do you find your tires’ PSI? Often, the manufacturer’s recommendation can be found in the owners manual or decal in the glove compartment or door jam.


  • Passenger cars, minivans and small trucks – Recommended Range 27 – 32 PSI,
  • Full Size Pickup Trucks and Sport Utility vehicles – Recommended Range 5 – 8 PSI higher (due to the larger tire size and weight of the vehicle)
  • Inflation pressure may differ for the front and rear tires. Pressure should be equal side to side, if not you may notice steering or brake pull.

It’s also located on the sidewall of the tire. This number is the maximum pressure the tire is designed to safely handle. Higher pressure increases the risk of tire damage or tire failure.

Not sure if your tire PSI is in the right range? Stop by Plaza Automotive Center at Park Plaza Shell,  we have ASE Certified Technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to safely service, install, and repair your tires.

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