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3.1.12) At what pressure should I keep the tires?




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This article is from the Toyota RAV4 FAQ, by Ralph Becker with numerous contributions by others.

3.1.12) At what pressure should I keep the tires?

According to the owner's manual and the driver's door sticker, the
stock tires should be inflated to 28 psi front and 26 psi rear.
You can increase the pressure to get a stiffer ride, more
responsive feel, and slightly increased fuel economy, but do not
exceed the recommendation stamped into the sidewall of the tire.
Most drivers keep their tires inflated to between 28 - 30 psi,
providing a good compromise between performance and comfort. You
should experiment with tire pressures and go with what works best.
Note that there are also certain low-traction situations (such as
driving on sand) where lowering tire pressure can improve handling.

I has been noted by several owners that their vehicles were delivered
with tires inflated to 40-50 psi. It is reported that Toyota ships
their vehicles like this to prevent flat spots on the tires in transit.
Some dealers apparently forget to check this; the result is a very
harsh ride and a potential for premature tire wear. All owners should
check their tires as soon as practical after taking delivery.



 

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