Toyota Tundra: Tires General Information and Specifications

This guide will assist you in understanding more about your Toyota Tundra's tires, and what you need to do to maintain them.

By Bassem Girgis - January 21, 2016

This article applies to the Toyota Tundra (2000-present).

The Toyota Tundra is a truck designed for hard work; however, when it comes to tires, it's on you. The Toyota manufacturer gives you the freedom to choose your own tires, but you there is much more to tires than just the right size. Maintaining your tires plays a huge part in your truck's stability, braking, and the safety of other components around it. This guide will help you maintain your Tundra's tires, as well as help you understand more about their functionality.

Tire PSI

The tire pressure plays a huge role in how the truck handles, as well as how the tires wear. Uneven tire pressure could cause your Tundra to pull in one direction and could also affect your shocks and bushings. Most importantly, it will indeed affect your tire tread, causing uneven tire wear. The proper tire pressure for the two front tires on the Tundra is 30PSI, while the rear ones are 33 PSI. Be sure to check them often with a tire gauge, especially when you feel a change in weather, as the cold weather deflates the tires, while the warm weather inflates them.

Tire pressure gauge
Figure 1. Tire pressure gauge.

Tire Wear

Inspecting the tires often is a wise piece of maintenance. The tires are supposed to wear evenly; if they are wearing unevenly, then you have an issue with alignment or tire pressure. If your alignment is off, your tires can wear rather quickly even if they are brand new, which could cost you close to $1,000 for replacements. Always check the inside of the tire and compare it to the outside. Also, check for bald spots, worn spots, or worn tire bars, which are the little rubber bars sticking out.

Tire wear chart
Figure 2. Tire wear chart.

Tire Size

Tire sizes can vary slightly; however, if you want much bigger tires, you would have to replace the rims as well. The tire size can be found on the tire itself, it will look something like this: P255/70R18. You can also find the tire specifications on the decal on the inside of the driver's door, which will also provide you with the proper PSI for the front tires, the rear tires, and even the spare tire.

Locate tire size on the tire
Figure 3. Locate tire size on the tire.

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