Tire pressure is one of the most vital components of a tire, no matter the type of vehicle they’re attached to. If you’re not doing it already, it’s important you check your tire pressure every two weeks. The right tire pressure ensures optimal traction and grip on any terrain and gives you more mileage for your fuel.
Let’s get into detail and discuss how to find the correct tire pressure for your SUV and the things you need to consider when it comes to monitoring tire pressure.
Unfortunately, there’s no universal bar specification that matches every tire. However, for a general example, if you have an SUV with a relatively low load, the number will be around 2,4 bar.
There are several things to consider when adjusting your air pressure. If you drive your on-road SUV or CUV primarily on asphalt roads – and are not doing anything unusual on your drive such as carrying a heavy load or driving for a very long time – there are some quick handy places to check what your tire pressure should be:
However, if you are carrying a heavy load and are going on a long car trip, you should always refer to:
It will detail the recommended pressure for the front and rear tires of your particular vehicle. This is the minimum amount of air pressure needed in cold tires to support your vehicle. You’ll probably see two figures, one for normal use and one for full loads. If you’re still unsure, always check with your local tire professional.
You will also find the recommended air pressure for 4WD tires in your SUV manufacturer’s handbook, vehicle door frames and the fuel filler door – the same as for any other vehicle. However, it’s common to lower the tire pressure when you're off-roading. This is done to reduce the bouncing on uneven terrain and to also increase the tire contact area over soft or uneven ground. This helps reduce rolling resistance while increasing grip and, overall, reduces the chances of a puncture. However, with lower air pressure, you can’t drive as fast due to the heat buildup in tires.
If you have a 2008 or newer SUV, it will probably have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). In many countries, these are already mandatory and most new cars come equipped with them as standard. The sensors continuously monitor tire pressure and will alarm you with a dashboard symbol when pressure is dangerously low.
When the TPMS light illuminates, you need to check the pressure of all four tires. Only one might need air, but it’s important to do a thorough check. The TPMS light will also flash if you’re using a spare tire and the vehicle cannot detect the sensor of the original wheel. If you’ve checked all tires and can’t find anything wrong, there could be a malfunction with the TPMS system.
While the TPMS system is a great way to warn you of a puncture, it’s still your responsibility to check your tires and be aware of their condition, so you can react in advance to issues like uneven wear or dangerously low tread.
As a general rule, aim to check your tire pressure every two weeks and every time you set off for a long trip or are carrying a heavy load.