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Old 02-14-2014, 10:47 PM   #1
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Chevy Tracker Tire Pressure

I just bought a 1998 Chevy Tracker and am having difficulty getting a straight answer to what the correct tire pressure should be.

On the actual tires it says 50 PSI (Cold), however, in a Repair Manual that was left in the car it says you NEVER go by that.

This Manual says to go by the sticker that's on the door or in the glove compartment. Well no such sticker exists - must have come off over the years.

I've been searching around the Internet and the answers range from 23 to 26 to 30 PSI.

I know the Tracker is a very popular toad for RV'ers, so hoping someone can give me an answer.

Thanks !
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What brand and type tires are you running? That is the first thing to know.

The maximum pressure shown on the sidewall of a tire is the correct cold pressure for the maximum weight that tire is allowed to carry.

The sticker pressure on a door jamb is absolutely meaningless after the original tires that came with the vehicle are replaced. After that day, the sticker has no idea at all about what tires are on the vehicle so how could that sticker know what pressure to run?

Since you never want to run less than the required pressure for the amount of weight a tire is carrying I'd suggest running near the maximum sidewall pressure for now until you can find out what the actual required pressure is for front and rear.

For that you would need to know how much weight the front and rear tires are carrying and then find a chart for your brand / type of tire. I've never had much luck finding those charts for car and SUV vehicles.
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The tires that are on there now are Big Foot.
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That picture didn't show very well. The maximum weight is 800 pounds, but I won't be towing anything with the Tracker. It will be just me driving it.
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I have 4 door, 4 WD and run with 30 psi.
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I just bought a 1998 Chevy Tracker and am having difficulty getting a straight answer to what the correct tire pressure should be.

On the actual tires it says 50 PSI (Cold), however, in a Repair Manual that was left in the car it says you NEVER go by that.

This Manual says to go by the sticker that's on the door or in the glove compartment. Well no such sticker exists - must have come off over the years.

I've been searching around the Internet and the answers range from 23 to 26 to 30 PSI.

I know the Tracker is a very popular toad for RV'ers, so hoping someone can give me an answer.

Thanks !
it looks like there were a couple of posts made while i was researching this.
i do not own a tracker.
depending on the type of tire, michelin says 23# on this website. truck tires would take more.
you need to weigh it then add more air for the added amount of weight. that would give you a good street baseline. air down for off road.

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I have 4 door, 4 WD and run with 30 psi.
RMag, What year is yours ?

Mine is a 2 door (4WD also) - but I can't see that would make a huge difference ??
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Mine is '96. Tire placard says 26 psi but I prefer 30. I have 215 70R 16 tires.
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The tires are LT tires and the Loadindex of 100/97 makes me think its a C-load tire with maxloadpressure /pressure needed for the maximum load/reference-pressure of 50 psi for American tires. You also mention that 50 psi
This maxloadpressure// is not the maximum pressure as they write it on P-tires and XL/reinforced/Extraload tires, from C load they give maxloadpressure//.

Q means speedcode up to 160km/99m/h maximum speed of tire.

So the only thing you have to know now is the real weight on the seperate wheels in your situation. Second best is real axle loads, but in lack of that we have to do with GAWR's ( gross axle weight ratings) wich mostly are on the same plate as the pressure advices. Then Empty weight and the way you load it to estimate the axle loads. Alighnment and speed also play a role, but in this case dont think important.

Give the aditional information you can get by , and I will give a picture of my calculator for motorhomes ( also can be used in this case) in mij answering post.
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My door sticker shows 23lbs. I run 20-25.
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I had a Suzuki , Grand Vitera, 4dr. 4 whl drive, that is identical to the Tracker. I put 32 lbs in the tires, all year around. The door sticker is a combination of many factors, especially ride comfort, that is why they call for a lower pressure. To extend tire life, use the manufacturer's max pressure. But the ride will be harsher. But you will get better mpg, AND tire life.
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32 PSI front and rear is what I ran on my 2002 Grand Vitara.
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We had our 99 Vitera for 9 years. Pulled it behind our 95 Flair all over the country. Usually put 4,000 miles on Flair, and 2,000 on the car. It was easy to "hook-up", and pull. Once when the motor home died as we pulled in to the campground, my wife "drove" the car and "pushed" the m/h into the site. That "combo" was so efficient. And, economical...
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We run 30# in our '98 Tracker tires. It's a four door 2wd with 215,000 miles.
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