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: Optimal Tire Pressure 4 Factory tires

Ron Meddock & Matt Cook
08-03-2003, 09:09 PM
Tires say 44psi max. Dealership recommends 32-36psi. I am running with 34psi. which seems to give me the best combo in handling, ride and least thunks and rattles. Understandably acheiving a shorter tire life.

Just curious what others are running at.

08-15-2003, 11:17 PM
Just boosted both by 2PSI, noticed better rolling right off the bat, will update with mileage change from current 23MPG. Going to 44PSI is nuts in my mind, I think you would end up with worn out center contact patches in 10k miles not to mention a rough ride, but there appears to be a few happy 44PSI'ers out there... asked to see if there was a tire expert in our midst but nothing yet

Ron Meddock & Matt Cook
08-16-2003, 11:42 AM
My previous post regarding tire pressure was written very shortly after purchase with few miles.

Know with almost 3000 I have become anxtious for the demise of the Goodyear Wranglers that came on the E. I have never fussed over tire pressure on any car as much as this one. I feel that a good set of Michelins are in my future........

I am curious if others have replaced their tires.

08-19-2003, 08:07 PM
:D 44 is the way to go the ride is great and the tires will be fine they (honda) puts34 so the ride is smooth like a cadi well almost :? but i have put1500 on the tires with 44 and no prob :twisted:

08-19-2003, 09:02 PM
Just checked today, car nameplate says 32 front 34 rear. Radial tires are designed for a certain pressure range, and my guess is you're above that range at 44. Keep an eye on the tread in the center, I'd expect it to wear sooner than the rest and cost you more in the long run.

08-19-2003, 11:42 PM
I had goodyear eagles on my Passat and was constantly adjusting pressure on them. Once I switched to Dunlops it was a non-issue.

08-21-2003, 08:27 PM
I agree with the previous post, max. pressure on the tire only means it can go that high if it has enough wieght on it... the suggested 32/34 is based on the weight the vehicle puts on the tires so that you wear them evenly across the tread contact patch... some car dealers have a poster showing different tire tracks showing over pressure (worn center) and under pressure (worn on both edges not in the middle)...

Curious what you gain my running 44PSI, has your mileage improved? I should be through my first tank at 34/36PSI, will be interesting to see if MPG improves.

08-21-2003, 08:30 PM
I checked my tire pressure today and they were all 37!!!! i will be changing that to 34/36 soon.

08-21-2003, 08:44 PM
With all of this talk of checking and adjusting tire pressures, I'd like to encourage everyone to get a good tire pressure gauge. The pen type that has a slider is garbage. It's better to get a dial gauge or a digital pressure gauge. Never use the ones on the garage pump!

08-21-2003, 08:45 PM
good advice - thanks!

08-22-2003, 03:08 AM
Absolutely! You need a good guage.

In a 2WD 5speed I put the stock tires up about 2-3 PSI and noticed a HUGE difference. I stopped chirping the tires at starts, it felt much more solid and in touch with the road. Much much better than the lower pressure. I think it was about 36-7 PSI I used.

I have since switched out to Dueler A/T Revos 235/70/16 and run those about the same. I'm saving my Wrangler's for a rainy day, NOT!

I never tried really high PSI, but moving to about 36 or so made a huge difference and I didn't think I needed anything higher.

08-22-2003, 08:03 AM
Digital guage a must... otherwise you are shooting in the dark. I may boost up to 35/37 after this first tank, thus far only a better feel at 34/36, I swear it feels like it rolls further (i.e. up to a stop light, etc.).

08-22-2003, 09:06 AM
Careful what kind of digital tire guage you buy. The cheap ones while still accurate break after 6 months or so due to the condensation in the tire. If you really do want to be accurate and want a tool that is going to last spend a few extra bucks and get a good one.

08-22-2003, 10:15 AM
Can anyone recommend a good quality digital gauge? :D

08-22-2003, 02:22 PM
Anything over 10 dollars? :roll:

08-23-2003, 07:53 PM
Bought a digital guage for my BMW in 1998 at Bavarian Auto in Portsmouth, NH, still works great (maybe 50 uses later) and still on the original batteries! The BMW logo on it feels right at home in my E! Suspect you can get a similar one without the logo but these guys stand behind their products and from my experience appear to have sold a good one in 1998.

09-28-2003, 06:28 PM
While surfing the web for a good gauge, I ran across these:


Anybody seen/used them before?

I kinda had to chuckle; I traded a Ford Exploder for my Element...

...don't miss it a bit!

Oh, and I'm still looking for a good digital gauge if anyone has some suggestions. Many sites recommend this one:


Looks nice, but several of the reviews at Amazon and other places weren't so hot.

09-28-2003, 07:12 PM
A few years ago, I purchased a set of tire gauges that looked like the monitortires on a clearance sale for $4.00. Never worked for me, and if you didn't tighten then down well, they would leak air.