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Low or High Tire Pressure in Winter

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by PatheticJoe, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. Dec 20, 2007 at 6:30 PM
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    PatheticJoe

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    I'm driving from Sacramento to Denver for Christmas and although it looks like the weather will hold off for me I'm wondering if I should lower my tire pressures for a little more grip. I have them at 37 psi now.
     
  2. Dec 20, 2007 at 6:33 PM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    the sticker at least for my sport wheels/tires says to run them at 29psi. mine are the 265/65/17's, which should be what ur running....check the sticker in ur door and see

    EDIT: completely disreguard if ur running different rubber
     
  3. Dec 20, 2007 at 6:48 PM
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    It's the same, I run the pressure high for the gas mileage. Would you run less than 29 psi in the snow on your truck or just leave it alone?
     
  4. Dec 20, 2007 at 6:50 PM
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    wat?
    i've never driven a real truck in the snow, so i have no idea....haha...i was driving a dropped s-10 last time i was in snow, so no comparison at all
     
  5. Dec 20, 2007 at 7:00 PM
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    Your as bad off as me, I've only been in snow 5 times or so and it wasn't for any length of time.
     
  6. Dec 20, 2007 at 8:11 PM
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    Wow!

    37psi? You're kidneys must be feelin' it.

    29psi is the recommended on stock tires/wheels. I run around 32psi (and I can FEEL the difference). I'm leaving mine at 32psi. But then again, I have 210lbs in the bed and an LSD - so I don't worry to much.

    You could easily go down to 29psi and still be safe (if you're worried). You'll have a much softer ride. Not sure how much traction that'll give you versus throwing some weight in the bed........

    But definately air down from 37psi....youre kidneys will thank you.
     
  7. Dec 20, 2007 at 8:51 PM
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    gdawg25

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    I recently had my tire pressure indicator light come on and I could not figure out why...all my tires were at the recommended 29PSI, but when I took it to the dealership they said to run them higher in the winter because the pressure drops in colder weather. So they filled them up to about 32 and all is good now.
     
  8. Dec 20, 2007 at 9:39 PM
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    That's good to know. Thanks.
     
  9. Dec 20, 2007 at 10:30 PM
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    Depending on the tires you have you should not need to run at a lower pressure. I have the BFG Rugged Trails on my FJ right now and they do just fine for me in the snow and ice at 34psi. However when I'm wheeling I generally run between 15-20psi. Don't run that on pavement because you will end up bruising the inside of the tire which could lead to a blowout.
     
  10. Dec 21, 2007 at 11:07 AM
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    My `01 has two stickers on the door jamb (maybe because TRD package)and I might be mistaken but I think the one sticker for 265/70-16s says 26 psi.I wouldn`t recommend lowering the pressure to help traction in the snow,but I would double check your manual, 37psi seems way high.The pressure on the side of the tire is usually MAXimum recommended pressure,like if you wre hauling extremely heavy loads.
     
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