Consumer Tire Guide

Things you need to know about
auto and light truck tire care
and safety


Tires are designed and built with great care to provide thousands of miles of excellent service. But for maximum benefit they must be maintained properly.
The most important factors in tire care are:
  • Proper Inflation Pressure
  • Proper Vehicle Loading
  • Regular Inspection
  • Good Driving Habits
With the right amount of air pressure, your tires wear longer, save fuel and help prevent accidents. The "right amount" of air is the pressure specified by the vehicle manufacturer for the front and rear tires on your particular model car or light truck. The correct air pressure is shown on the tire placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle--door edge, door post or glove box door. If your vehicle doesn't have a placard, check the owner's manual or consult with the vehicle or tire manufacturer for the proper inflation.
The tire placard tells you the maximum vehicle load, the cold tire pressures and the tire size recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
If you don't take proper care of your tires, the results can be serious. Most manufacturers now mold a safety warning on the sidewall of the tire.
It points out that serious injury may result from tire failure due to underinflation or overloading. Motorists are strongly advised to follow the vehicle owner's manual or the tire placard in the vehicle for proper inflation and loading.
Only specially trained persons should demount or mount tires. An explosion of a tire and wheel assembly can result from improper or careless mounting procedures.