Toyota Tacoma: Tires General Information and Specs

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to maintaining your Toyota Tacoma's tires. Read on to learn more about them.

By Bassem Girgis - January 21, 2016

This article applies to the Toyota Tacoma (1996-2015).

Maintaining the tires on your Toyota Tacoma is a wise investment. If you invest five to 10 minutes each month to inspect your tires, they could live a lot longer. Having healthy tires means you have to have good, even tire pressure, great alignment, and the right size tires. We all know how expensive tires can get, so having premature tire wear is a huge hit to our wallets. This guide will assist you and provide knowledge that will help you maintain your tires to ensure they live to their fill potential.

Tire PSI

The tire pressure is the easiest and best thing you can keep an eye out for on your truck. The more even the pressure is, the more even the tire wear will be. Invest in a tire pressure gauge, which starts at $5, and get into the habit of checking the PSI once a month. When the weather changes, your tire pressure changes. Hot weather inflates the tires, while cold weather deflates them. Uneven tire pressure will cause your truck to pull on one side and wear unevenly. The recommended tire pressure for the Tacoma is 29 PSI for the front tires and 32 PSI for the rear tires.

Simple tire pressure gauge
Figure 1. Simple tire pressure gauge.

Tire Size

When shopping for tires, it's important you purchase the right tire sizes. It's possible you can go a lot bigger with the tires; however, you will need to replace the rims as well, which could be quite costly. The tire size, along with the recommended pressure, is written on the tire itself. You can also locate the placard on the driver side door jamb, which has all the information needed for the tire size, pressure, and even the specs of the spare tire.

Tire specs
Figure 2. Tire specs on the tire.

Tire Wear

Nothing is more important than tire wear when it comes to tires. Tire wear can say a lot about your car. If your truck is not aligned properly, it will feel like it's pulling in one direction, but that's not the bad part; the bad part is that misalignment will wear your tires unevenly and very quickly, which could end up costing you a fortune. Be sure to inspect your tires once a month for any uneven wear. If you see that the inside of the tire is wearing differently than the outside, then you have an issue that is larger than just driving too much. Be sure to fix any uneven tire issues quickly, as they can affect the other tires, the shocks, and the bushings, along with other components.

Tire wear diagnostic chart
Figure 3. Refer to this tire wear diagnostic chart.

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