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    Chrysler Recommended Tire Pressure for P215/65R16

    What tire pressure does Chrysler recommend for the P215/65R16 tires (what does the door jamb sticker say)?

    My 2000 van originally had P215/65R15 on steelies so the door jamb sticker is no longer relevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badpeanut View Post
    What tire pressure does Chrysler recommend for the P215/65R16 tires (what does the door jamb sticker say)?

    My 2000 van originally had P215/65R15 on steelies so the door jamb sticker is no longer relevant.
    The sticker on our three vans with 215/65 R16s all say/said 36psi all around.
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    Mine says 36 psi as well, but I'm carrying 40 psi cold. The extra psi helps the tires to wear less on the shoulders and lessens rolling resistance a smidgen.

    Inflating "cold" is important as your Owner Manual will tell you. All one needs to know about air pressure in tires can be found here.
    Some considerations:
    - air pressure can fluctuate a few psi from "cold" in the morning shade to "hot" highway driving, by about 1 psi for every 10F.
    - are you carrying heavy loads and what is the load rating on your tires at max. pressure (it's stated on the tire's sidewall). There's a safety factor built into the "max" pressure as well, if it says 45 psi (on the tire) then the tire is designed to handle that and more.
    - tire age becomes a concern with Ford, Chrysler and others saying (in their Owner Manual) that 6 years is max. regardless. Can't imagine donut spare tires being replaced in six years though, probably don't even get checked for air pressure within 6 years. They may call for 60 psi and be found containing only 20 psi or so.
    Next to the DOT stamp on the tire, the numbers 2606 (made in the 26th week of 2006), or whatever - that was an example, will be stamped (may be on the back side of your tire, instead of the front side). Here's an article on tire age and reading the code. Be careful when buying new tires, they may not be that "new".
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    Informative link Jeepman

    One thing I couldn't find there was when they refer to "temperature", are they talking about the ambient air temp or the temp of the tire itself? Big difference I would think.

    Since the tire's pressure is affected by temp, wouldn't the tire's temp be more important in this formula? Or maybe the formula (1 psi for each 10F) is already based on both factors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistypotato View Post
    Informative link Jeepman

    One thing I couldn't find there was when they refer to "temperature", are they talking about the ambient air temp or the temp of the tire itself? Big difference I would think.

    Since the tire's pressure is affected by temp, wouldn't the tire's temp be more important in this formula? Or maybe the formula (1 psi for each 10F) is already based on both factors?
    Ambient, it's a stabilized temperature during the cool of the day, where ambient and tire temperature are the same. As soon as the sun hits the tires or they have been driven some, tire temperatures can be all over the place, up by two or there degrees or more (the rot 1 psi for each 10F).

    If I were checking tire temperatures on a hot day, with the vehicle out of the sun and tire temperatures stabilized, I would find the tire or two with the most pressure, and bring the rest up to that pressure. That's providing that pressure is reasonable and within 10psi of the Vehicle Manufacturer's recommended (not max.) pressure. I would follow up with a redo when the tires are cold at a cool ambient temperature (early morning).

    Another way to look at it is that if you are carrying 36 psi at a normal morning ambient temperature of around 60F, then at 90F, expect your tire gage to read near 40 psi. and more if you have been driving on hot pavement.
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    40 psi in mine also helps keep the high sidewall tires from rolling under cornering for better handling.
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    40 must be the lucky number, as that is what I have in both of mine.
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    40 is the lucky number as all 3 of my 3rd Gens are running that.
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    35 psi Nitrogen Filled, its the way to go IMO. Nitrogen resists heat more and has less wear on the tires and less leakage, when I got my Hankooks it was free.

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    Nitrogen that's free sounds great. I wouldn't pay for it though - more hype than value considering the high percentage of nitrogen that's in the air already.
    Had a set of tires once that had leaks around the rims, the Michelins? or Good Years? rim beads didn't seat well, a tire issue. Nitrogen seemed to work for awhile but didn't last.
    Even with nitrogen, I would go with 40 psi.
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