Martins Industries Best Practices for Inflating Different Types of Tires

Martins Industries Best Practices for Inflating Different Types of Tires

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The following are recommendations from Martins Industries for safe tire inflation…

Best Practices for Inflating Different Types of Tires

Detecting whether a tire is properly inflated or not is impossible to the naked eye.

Did you know that approximately 70% of vehicles run with at least one improperly inflated tire? In addition to being a source of danger, an under-inflated tire can travel 9,320 miles less and increase fuel consumption by 4%.

Inflating the tires by following a few basic recommendations increases their performance, life and your safety. Here are some practices for getting the best results.

General Info:

  • Check the tire pressure regularly and at specific moments, such as when the tires are cold, after driving less than 1.25 miles or without driving for at least 3 hours
  • Over-inflated tires reduce the adhesion of the wheels to the road
  • Under-inflation increases rolling resistance and creates dangerous heat build-up
  • In winter, add air to the tires; the pressure decreases when the temperature drops
  • Always clean the nozzle of the pump hose and the tire valve
  • Replace the valve cap after each inflation


1. Car Tires

  • According to the information sticker appearing on the car door pillar, on the driver's side, or according to the owner's manual, determine the correct pressure for the front, rear and spare tires
  • Use a quality tire inflator which is more precise than those of gasoline station air pumps

2. Tires for Large Vehicles

  • Place the tire in an appropriate inflation cage during the time of inflation
  • Use a clip-on inflation connection with gauge and in-line valve
  • Stay out of the possible trajectory of flying parts which could cause severe injuries
  • Inflate to 10 psi first and check the assembly before injecting the recommended pressure

3. Tires for Off-Road Vehicles:

  • Each tire, depending on its use, requires a different pressure; see manufacturer's advice
  • Respect the volume and thickness of each tire to inject the right amount of air
  • Check the tire pressure before and after each use
  • An adequate compressor should provide 150 psi

NOTE: To detect any anomalies, we insist on visually inspecting the wheel-rim assembly before inflating.

Source: Martins Industries