Correct Tire Pressure

Toyota Tire Care

Importance of Tire Pressure

There are many benefits to keeping your tires properly inflated. Your tires will wear evenly, which extends their life and can improve your vehicle's fuel efficiency. When your tires are correctly inflated, they can perform at their best. This means better handling, dependable traction and a more comfortable ride for you.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind:

  • You should always set your tires to the pressure specified in your vehicle's owner manual or tire information placard.  
  • Try to check and adjust your tire pressure first thing in the morning before driving on them.   
  • Temperature changes affect your tire pressure. Cold, winter weather may cause your pressure to drop while warm, summer weather may cause your pressure to increase. It's important to check your tire pressure as the seasons change.   
  • Always check your tires with a good quality tire pressure gauge. Many vehicles come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Generally, this system will alert you if your tires are losing air or are below the recommended pressure. Do not try to visually estimate your tires inflation pressure.   

Overinflation vs. Underinflation


Overinflated tires are rigid and stiff, causing the amount of rubber that meets the road to be reduced. That leads to a "tougher" ride as well as uneven tread wear. The most common type of uneven tread wear due to overinflation is referred to as "center wear." Exactly what it sounds like, the center of the tire will be smooth and worn down while there will be more tread on the sides of the tire.

Underinflated tires do not hold their shape and are flatter to the ground. Therefore, more of the tire comes in contact with the road, causing the shoulders of the tire to wear prematurely. That is referred to as "shoulder wear."

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