Table of Contents
- Why is maintaining good tyre pressure so important?
- What should my tyre pressure be?
- Tyre pressure guide for Mazda models
- How often should you check your tyre pressure?
- How to check your tyre pressure
- How to inflate your tyres
- Need car advice from a Mazda specialist?
Keeping your car tyres inflated to the correct pressure will help you stay safe on the road and could save you money in the long run. It doesn't take long to check your tyre pressure, and making it a routine is a great way to protect the health of your car. In this tyre pressure guide, we'll walk you through how to inflate your tyres to the right pressure, how often to check your tyre pressure and why it's so important.
Why is maintaining good tyre pressure so important?
It's easy to overlook tyre pressure, but it's actually a really important part of basic car maintenance. Driving with the wrong tyre pressure can reduce the safety and performance of your vehicle, putting you and other road users at risk.
Driving with under-inflated or flat tyres can cause unnecessary wear on your tyre tread and may even lead to dangerous tyre failure. Your steering, braking and ability to safely turn corners can all be negatively affected by low tyre pressure.
On the other hand, too much pressure in your tyres is also a hazard. Over-inflated tyres wear out faster and are at risk of blowing. Plus, you're more prone to skidding with over-inflated tyres.
It's not just your safety that's at risk with the wrong tyre pressure – your bank account is too. Regularly checking your tyre pressure will actually extend the life of your tyres, saving you money in the long run. Plus, your car will drive more efficiently with the right tyre pressure, helping improve fuel economy.
What should my tyre pressure be?
There's no one size fits all tyre pressure guide. The correct tyre pressure depends on a range of factors, including what type of vehicle you're driving, what kind of tyres you have and what load you're carrying. There's also different pressure requirements for off-road driving on sand, gravel or mud compared to standard bitumen road driving.
For safety reasons, it's important to always follow the manufacturer's guidelines when inflating (or deflating) your tyres.
Here's how to find the right tyre pressure for your car:
Read the owner's manual – the owner's manual will contain the best tyre pressure based on the type of tyres and road conditions.
Check the inside of your door – most cars have a tyre pressure guide inside the door edge showing you the correct tyre pressure, recommended tyre size and maximum load.
Ask your dealership or service provider – your dealership, mechanic or tyre manufacturers can answer any questions you might have about looking after your car.
Tyre pressure guide for Mazda models
The table below shows the ideal tyre pressures for the current range of Mazda models.
Tyre pressure (for cold tyres)
36 psi for 17-inch wheels
35 psi for 19-inch wheels
36 psi for front wheels
33 psi for rear wheels
34 psi for 17-inch wheels
36 psi for 19-inch wheels
36 psi for 18-inch wheels
34 psi for 20-inch wheels
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How often should you check your tyre pressure?
It's good practice to check your tyres once a month or more often if you use your car regularly. Tyres can lose air pressure faster in the hotter weather, so it's worth checking more often during the warmer months.
If you are going on a long trip, check your tyre pressure before you leave. For road trips, it's a good idea to check your tyre pressure every morning before you head on your long drive for the day.
Keep in mind that recommended pressures are usually for cold tyres. The air inside your tyres will heat up and expand while you're driving. This can give you a higher psi reading than if you measured your tyre pressure before you got on the road. So if you're planning on checking your tyres at a service station, make it your first stop of the day.
How to check your tyre pressure
Most service stations in Australia have a tyre pressure station that's free to use. Here you can check the current pressure of your tyres and top them up with the right amount of air if needed. You can also purchase a portable tyre pressure gauge for using at home or on road trips.
Automatic tyre pressure machines are quick and easy to use, even if it's your first time. Simply set the tyre pressure first and the machine will automatically stop inflating your tyres when the correct pressure is reached. For manual machines, you'll need to keep an eye on the gauge and stop inflating when you hit the correct pressure.
How to inflate your tyres
Remove the valve cap on your tyre.
Push the end of the air hose onto your valve. The machine should give you your current psi reading.
For automatic tyre pressure machines, enter the recommended tyre pressure into the screen and wait until it beeps. This signals your tyres are now inflated to the correct pressure.
For manual tyre pressure machines, keep an eye on the gauge and stop inflating when you've reached the correct tyre pressure.
Repeat for your other tyres. Don't forget your spare tyre as well.
Need car advice from a Mazda specialist?
If you're currently driving a Mazda model or are thinking of purchasing one in the future, the team at Melville Mazda are here to help. Book in a genuine Mazda service with us today – including the full suite of tyre services. Or come into our showroom for a test drive.