What is the Recommended Tire Pressure for New Tires?

Monday, February 6, 2012 by Doc Horvath
Regardless of size, a tire's handling and durability is directly tied to using the appropriate inflation pressure for the vehicle. With a variety of wheel and tire choices for new vehicles, it's essential to rely on the vehicle manufacturer to specify the appropriate inflation pressure for the tires. Using the vehicle's weight capacity for each axle and other considerations, the manufacturer can best calculate the psi needed to ensure the tire handles and performs well.

All too often, many drivers and mechanics assume the maximum tire pressure listed on the tire's sidewall is what is recommended for proper inflation. However, that number represents the maximum pressure that's safely allowed, but is likely higher than what is recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

Tire pressure can vary on several things, including:
For best results, look for a placard on the inside of the driver's door or a similar chart in the owner's manual to determine the recommended psi for your application.

placard example

Comments on What is the Recommended Tire Pressure for New Tires?

Thursday, May 3, 2012 by Bill Landers:
What is recommended tire pressure for Goodyear, Eagle LS, 235/65 R18 for around town and then for high speed road trip in loaded SUV?
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 by Ron T:
I have a set of goodyear tires Integrity p215/65r17.sticker on door says 30 lbs, but car wonders hard to control tried 35 little better tried 40 and it drives great no front end problems 2009 charger with 27,000 miles. Thanks, Ron
Thursday, July 26, 2012 by Juan:
I need to know the correct tire pressure of Pirelli 215/60 R16
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by tony:
bought goodtear assurance tripled tread 235 65 18 what is the proper pressure thank you for help
Friday, October 5, 2012 by doc:
Tony,
Assuming the tire size you listed is the original equipment size, then inflate to the PSI recommended by the car manufacturer. If it is an optional size, please call in for more information
Saturday, October 13, 2012 by Bryan Merchant:
I ordered the 285/35/20 & 305/35/20 F1 G2 Goodyear eagles for my 2010 camaro which is a different than stock perillis at 36 psi - what is recommended tire pressure for the Goodyears
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by David Wingate:
2007 jeep. 255/70/18 pereilli tires. what psi/
Monday, October 29, 2012 by doc:
Bryan,
Goodyear only gives us a maximum PSI for specific tire sizes, nothing that is vehicle specific. Given the load indexes of your tires are higher than stock (they can carry more load than OE), you can still safely use 36 PSI.
Monday, October 29, 2012 by doc:
David,
Assuming you have a Wrangler, then you can still use the recommended PSI from Jeep as the 18" tire has the same load capacity as the stock tires. Should be 30 psi front and 35 psi rear.
Sunday, November 11, 2012 by max tang:
what is tire pressure for my front 255/3519 &rear 285/35/19 michelin
Monday, December 3, 2012 by Mike Lahey:
I have a 09 Avalanche 1500. Just bought new tires (17 inch rims). Tire pressure placard faded and can't read. What is the appropriate tire pressure?
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by doc:
Mike,
For 265/70R17 size, GM requires at least 30 PSI for reference.
Friday, January 4, 2013 by Patty:
What is the recommended air pressure for Pirelli 225/40ZR18 (92Y) on Mercedes Benz CL550?
Monday, January 7, 2013 by david:
I bought P285//70/17 bridgestone at revo 2, they are larger than the 265/70/17 that came on my 02 tahoeZ. I cant find a recommended pressure only the max pressure.
Monday, January 7, 2013 by doc:
Patty,
I'll need a little more information on your vehicle (like the model year) as the only size we've used for your vehicle is a 255/45R18 at 30 PSI recommended. A 225/40R18 size would be 2 inches smaller in diameter so we'd never recommend that size for use on the CL550
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by Greg:
I have a 2012 Nissan Frontier 4x4. The placard recommends 35psi on the OEM Tires which were BFG Long trail P265/70/16. I have switched to Firestone Destination A/T in the larger size of LT285/75/16 with a 3" lift. What is the recommended new pressure for this larger and LT rated tire on my truck?
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by doc:
Greg,
While the Firestone has quite a bit more load capacity given its size and reinforced sidewall, we'd still have you at 35 PSI minimum to keep the tire happy. You can inflate to up to 80 PSI per Firestone, but since the Nissan does not have near the axle load capacity to do any heavy hauling you're still fine at 35 PSI. You can can go over that number (and up to 80 PSI cold) if you want to increase the firmness of the tire, but that would be up to you.
Saturday, March 23, 2013 by Matt:
what is the recommended pressure for
the BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW-2 on a 2000 camaro SS?
Thursday, March 28, 2013 by doc:
Matt,

Its difficult to give a recommended PSI without knowing the tire size. Please give us a call for more information.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Gregory:
I have a 2008 Tacoma std cab, 2wd and upgraded my 215/70-15 to Michelin 235/75-15. Toyota only states 29 front 32 rear psi for the stock size. What would it convert to with the larger tire? All city/hwy driving, usually light load, seldom cary full loaded weight.

Thank you.
Friday, May 17, 2013 by doc:
Gregory,
Even with the larger tire, the recommended PSI will still be enough to carry the weight of the vehicle safely (even at full load). If you want, you can go up to 36 PSI if you want to make the tires feel a little "firmer" without creating any irregular wear.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Tony:
I have a 1967 Le Mans with Hankook 225-50 - 17 tires. What is the recommended tire pressure?
Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Doc:
Tony,
Without knowing the load rating for your axles, I'd have you run 36 PSI (cold) to make sure you the tires carry enough weight to be safe.
Friday, May 31, 2013 by johnny waters:
I have a 2003 ford ranger 4x4 extended cab with 30x9.50x15yokohama geolander at what tire pressure is recommended. Thanks.
Friday, May 31, 2013 by Doc:
Johnny,

I'd have you run 36 PSI (cold) to make sure you the tires carry enough weight to be safe.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 by Trish:
I have a new toyota hatch sport and dont understand the new tire pressure instructions,tires are 205/55R16,Cheers
Monday, June 24, 2013 by doc:
Trish,
Without knowing the specific year and model of your car we could not recommend a tire pressure. For best results please call in with your vehicle information. Thanks !
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Melody:
OE tires for my '07 Impala are P225/60R16. However, it is currently equipped with P215/60R16. What is the correct cold psi for these tires? Thanks for your help.
Sunday, June 30, 2013 by kim Edison:
Can you recommend a tire pressure for a 235/65/R16 tire on a 2008 Saturn vue? They are Firestone FR710 tires. The information tire sticker is gone off my vehicle.
Monday, July 1, 2013 by doc:
Kim,
Saturn requires 30 PSI for your tire size.
Sunday, July 7, 2013 by Freddie Simpson:
I have a 2006 chrysler300c with nexen 265/35/22 what tire pressure would you recommend?Thanks
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by doc:
Freddie,
I'd have you use around 34 PSI given the low profile tire
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by Scott:
I put on LT265/75R16 LR C Duratracs on a 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser.

The previous tires were the same size, but E-Rated and required 46 psi. What should be the recommended tire pressure for C-Rated tires.

I understand the 46 psi was due to the government recommendation for all E-Rated tires. This seems too high.
Thursday, August 1, 2013 by doc:
Scott,
With a 6 ply or standard load tire, Toyota requires 32 PSI for reference
Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Steve M:
Use the sticker on a truck, only if you run the truck at max weight. Otherwise it is not accurate. If you run your truck at those pressures the tire wear will prove to be overinflated with the centers worn much more than the edges
Friday, August 16, 2013 by Mark:
2008 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4x2
OEM BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A P275/65R18 114T SL
Replaced with Michelin LTX M/S2 LT275/65R18 123/120R E

When the tires were rotated, the tech looked at the door sticker,
and let out a bunch of air. These load-rated E "Light Truck" tires
look very under-inflated at 40psi. What PSI should they be at for
lightly-loaded highway driving?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Doc:
Mark,
80 PSI is max (cold) pressure for the Michelins, and while 40 PSI is safe to use from a load capacity standpoint the tire may look a little better at 50 psi.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Tito Acevedo:
I have Dunlop fierce attitude mt 325x65x18 on a 2003 ford expedition with a 5" lift what should my tire pressure be set at
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Doc:
Tito,
Based on the weight of the Expedition, I'd have you use at least 40 PSI, and you can add pressure (up to 65 lbs. cold) to tune the tire for ride comfort or looks. (see Mark's post above)
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by Arjmand :
I have Prius 2010 , using yokohama 195/65/15R 91H tyres . What should be the front and rear tires pressure & what is max cold inflation permitted in these tires .
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Doc:
Arjmand,
Assuming you have the Yokohama AVID S33d, max cold pressure is 44 PSi per the manufacturer. Given that this is the Original Equipment size, you would follow Toyota's guideline of 32 PSi (cold).
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by hah:
what the right psi on toyota prius 2008 since i change the tire to 17 instead of 16 the sensor doesn't turn off !!!
215/45ZR17 91W extra load
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 by Doc:
Hah,
We' recommend 35 PSI. If you changed wheels and tires, you may have to have a dealership reprogram the car for new sensors unless the old sensors were reused.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Mary Anne:
I have some LT265/70r17 tires on my Yukon. They are more heavy duty than what came with the truck. The inside sticker says 30-35psi, but my husband insists that recommendation was for the factory tires and my pressure should be higher than that (80 is written on the sidewall as max, instead of the factory tires' 44). Can you recommend a pressure for me? Thanks.
Monday, November 11, 2013 by Scott:
I have a 97 blazer LS 4x4, door placard says 235/70/15 102s tires@32 psi. I have 235/75/15 105s goodyear wranglers installed. Given the higher load index of 105 vs 102 is it correct to run 29 psi instead? I looked it up on a load vs psi chart.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Doc:
Mary Anne,
If your tires are 10 ply rated (also known as E load), 50 PSI would be ideal.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Doc:
Scott,
You are correct that at 29 PSI, the 235/75R15 will carry the same load as he 235/70R15 at 32 PSI. It's not going to hurt the taller tire to run the 32 PSI, so either setting is fine
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by mark:
I just got new Bridgestone surenity plus tires for my Mazda 6 2007. Tire max pressure is 51psi. Mazda recomand 32psi. Should I go 36psi or higher to keep my tires ,,happy,,. I think 32psi is little low for 51psi max on my new tires. What you think? Thank you
Saturday, July 26, 2014 by Mike:
Dodge magnum inflation chart says 30psi
I have always used 30 psi I have now replaced two sets of Mich. hydro-edge at about 40,000 mi. ( 90,000 mi tire )
on both sets outer and inner tread completely worn down to the steal belt as if they were under inflated any ideas?
Friday, August 1, 2014 by Dave Raynsford:
My 2010 Tacoma has Goodyear Wrangler Dura Trac LT285/70r17 tires. The sidewall says max 65 psi (cold). What would be a good road psi for best treadwear and ride?
Friday, August 1, 2014 by Doc:
Mark,
The max PSI on your tire has no bearing on the PSI needed to carry the weight of your car safely. At 36 PSI the tire will carry a little more load and corner a little better than at 32 PSI, so feel free to bump it up if you want.
Friday, August 1, 2014 by Doc:
Mike,
Assuming your alignment is good (and that you are using the stock tire size), the wear pattern you mentioned does make it sound like the tires are underinflated. I'd say go ahead and bump up to around 35 PSI and experiment a little (but stay below max cold pressure as listed on the tires).
Friday, August 1, 2014 by doc:
Dave,
I'd probably have your use around 36 PSI, since the Tacoma is pretty lightweight (compared to the load capacity of the oversized tire) it shouldn't take much more. You can go up from there if you want to tune for handling reasons
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Greg Carlson:
Answered my questions perfectly, seems that everyone runs with too much air in larger tires that are not going to carry any heavy loads
Sunday, August 10, 2014 by siddique:
215/60 16 95 PSI 30 or 35??
Friday, August 15, 2014 by Bob:
I have a 2011 Silverado w/ LT285/65/R18 tires. Don't carry much in the back. Normally 2 people and 2 dogs. Been running 35 psi all the way around. Too much, too little?
Rhanks.
Saturday, August 16, 2014 by Doc:
Siddique,
Without knowing what kind of vehicle you have I really could not say. Sorry !
Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Doc:
Bob,
To make sure the tire wears evenly across the entire tread face, I'd stick with the 35 PSI
Saturday, October 4, 2014 by Glen:
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD with LT275/70R18 Dura Trac "E rating" tires. What's a good PSI for driving in town and when i tow my trailer 7,000lbs what would be a good range.
Monday, October 6, 2014 by chei:
I have 2012 toyota fj cruiser off road ., can I use 265 70 17 E 10 ply?
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Michael Cruz:
What tire pressure go on 2011 camaro ls with 22x9 265/30/22 on 22x10.5 295/25/22?
Saturday, October 11, 2014 by Doc:
Chei,
265/70-17 is fine
Saturday, October 11, 2014 by Doc:
Michael,
36 PSI is recommended
Saturday, October 25, 2014 by Guillermo:
I have a 2010 Ford F-150 super crew cab 4X4. Came with P275/55-20 tires (rated 44 psi max, recommended 35 psi all around). I am replacing them with LT 275/65-18 tires rated at 80 psi max). I never carry a heavy load but wanted aggressive tire tread for mud and snow. What tire pressure should I run so I have even tire wear and not too harsh a ride?
Monday, November 3, 2014 by Doc:
Guillermo,
The 275/65R18 tires are going to ride a little harsher due to the "LT" or ten ply load rating. Minimum of 50 PSI is recommended
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by stan:
Hi
Whats the tire pressure 205/50/15 for ek sedan Si?
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by srh:
Just received 4 235/65/18 Michelin Snow tires for my 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. What PSI do you recommend?
Thanks,
Saturday, November 8, 2014 by Doc:
Stan,
A minimum of 30 PSI would be ideal
Saturday, November 8, 2014 by Doc:
SRH,
You'll need a minimum of 32 PSI, but it wouldn't hurt to add a couple PSI to account for extreme cold temperatures (the tire will lose 1 or 2 PSI for every 10 degree drop in temperature
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Ed:
2009 access can 4x4 trd off road came with bf up grade to 265/75r16 load c cab label states 32 front 29 rear what would you recommend for the new size thanks
Friday, November 14, 2014 by Doc:
Ed,
You should be at 29 front and 32 rear for the stock size. I think you may have read that backwards. For proper wear I'd run around 35 psi.
Sunday, November 23, 2014 by Gina Kaiser:
I have a 2012 GMC SIERRA HD 2500, tires sidewall says 275/65/18 and 80 PSI, what should I have the pressure be, these are 10 ply tires and I have been having issues with the TPMS coming on if they are even a few pounds off, what do you think?
Sunday, November 23, 2014 by Gina Kaiser:
Forgot to mention they are Contitrac tires

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