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How to check tyre pressure is correct

How to check your tyre pressure.

Quick Answer: To find your tyre pressure quickly check the tyres for the inflation number or the PSI.

The exact PSI for your car tyres depends on your specific vehicle. Here’s how to find the recommended PSI for your car:

1. Check the sidewall of you tyres: Look for an inflation range with the wording PSI.

2. Look for a sticker: Many cars have a sticker on the driver’s side door jamb or fuel door that specifies the recommended tyre pressure. This sticker might also indicate the pressure for different load conditions (e.g., with or without passengers).

3. Check the owner’s manual: Sometimes this can be source for recommended tyre pressure for your car. However in most cases it will typically be listed in a section on tyre maintenance or specifications. However in most case it will suggest you use steps

Is a General PSI Range ok?

Yes, PSI can change with tyre tempature, most car tyres for passenger vehicles are inflated to a pressure between 30 and 35 PSI (pounds per square inch) when cold. This is a general guideline, so always refer to your specific vehicle’s recommendations as a base of what is a normal range.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Check your tyres pressure regularly: It’s recommended to check your tyre pressure at least once a month and before long trips. Ideally, check it when the tyres are cold (haven’t been driven for several hours).
  • Adjust pressure based on load: If you’re carrying a heavy load or towing a trailer, you might need to increase the tyre pressure slightly as recommended in your owner’s manual.
  • Don’t rely on the tyre pressure gauge at gas stations: These gauges aren’t always accurate, so it’s best to have your own reliable pressure gauge.

By following these tips and referring to your vehicle’s recommendations, you can ensure your tyre are inflated to the correct PSI for optimal safety, performance, and fuel efficiency.

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Written By

Matt Banks

Matt is the founder of Autohero.com.au and has been hooked on cars and repairs ever since childhood. A veteran in automotive since leaving school, Matt has completed his trade as a panel beater and is across all things with wheels.

His first car was a 1967 FORD XR Wagon followed by a string of collectable Holden’s.

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