Specific tire pressure question


#1

I’ve recently purchased a 2000 Mecury Cougar (I4) and I love it-but I have a small problem. I don’t know what inflation pressure should be run in the tires. The owners manual says look on the door. There is no sticker on the door. The new tires I just installed (BF Goodrich Radial T/A 205/60/R15) say 35PSI, but I know that’s probably high. So, how do I find the correct inflation pressure for my tires?


#2

Sometimes that info if printed on the underside of the trunk lid.


#3

Check the passenger door. Some Fords have the TP specs on the r/r psgr door; and I realize that your cougar is a 2-door.


#4

Three places to look for tire pressure specs. Door jamb, trunk lid, glove box door.

Tester


#5

Add gas tank door. My youngest F350 has the info there.

Even if you can’t find the sticker, nearly any tire store has a recommended tire pressure chart that will give you the same info.


#6

You can also check with the people you bought the tyres from, they should have a list of the proper pressure.


#7

is that 35 psi the MAX psi for the tire, or do tires now recommend pressure with their max rated pressure?


#8

No if it is on the tyre it is MAX. Frankly a max of 35 psi sounds like a really cheap tyre to me. My recommended values are higher than that, which means I could not safely use that tyre on my car.


#9

You’d be surprised - I had a set of Michelins, not cheap, 35 psi max on tire.


#10

According to tirerack.com that tire posted in the op’s post is the one recommended (OEM size) for that vehicle and the MAX psi is 35psi.

I doubt the recommended psi for that vehicle is 35 psi though. More likely 32 but like was suggested, he’ll have to inquire as to the correct recommended psi.


#11

Amateurs, sheesh!!

According to Tire Guides, a 2000 Mercury Cougar originally came with P205/60R15 90T’s mounted on 6.5" rims and inflated to 30 psi.