How many PSI / kPa do I have to pump into my tyres?

Jerrica · Oct 20, 2019 12:00 PM

How much pressure to pump into tyre?

Checking our tyre pressure is an integral part of owning a car. But sadly not many car owners perform this check as often as they are supposed to.

As my colleague, Eric, has highlighted, your tyre pressure easily affects your car's handling, ride and comfort and even your fuel consumption! 

So now you know the benefits of checking on your tyres constantly and keeping them well filled, but do you know how much air pressure to pump into your tyres? And where do you find the guide of the air pressure for car tyres or how to pump your tyre? 

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What is the Perodua Myvi's 175/65 R15 tyre pressure? Or say how much is a Proton X70's 255/60 R18 tyre pressure? 

Tyre pressure pump at petrol station

There are two types of units that car manufacturers often provide, PSI and kPa. Both PSI and kPa tyre pressure units are available on the air pump stations as well. 

To find out how much you should be pumping into your tyres, either dive deep into the instruction manual for the exact numbers or just open your driver’s side car door!

Pumping tyre pressure

Have you never wonder why there is a permanent sticker placed on the inside of the car door? Don’t remove it because it’s where the car tyre pressure PSI or kPa measurements are located for easy reading!

Some cars like Mercedes-Benz have their air pump pressure located on the fuel filler lid as well. 

Some indicators are on the fuel lid

Picture taken from a Mercedes-Benz car

Since a long time ago, car manufacturers have had that foresight to place the sticker on all cars so instructions to pump your car tyres follow you wherever you go.

Most tyre pressure pumps usually allows you to change between the tyre pressure PSI and kPa.

Perodua wheel and tyre

Take note that front and rear tyres may have different measurements for the front and rear tyres for optimal handling.

Now you know more about pumping pressure into your car so be sure to make that tyre pressure check every few weeks!

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Jerrica

Writer

There isn’t a time in memory that doesn’t involve staring at cars. After discovering the excitement of watching Schumacher vs Hakkinen, Formula 1 became a major part of life. The love for cars and F1 ultimately led to a job with CAR Magazine. The untimely death of the magazine meant a hiatus from cars at lifestyle women’s magazine Marie Claire before another opportunity came knocking again.

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