Keeping your tires properly inflated is an important part of vehicle maintenance. Underinflated or overinflated tires can negatively affect your vehicle’s handling, braking distance, fuel economy, and tire lifespan. For Toyota RAV4 models, monitoring and adjusting tire pressure regularly helps ensure safe and efficient performance. This guide will cover how to READ AND SET THE TIRE PRESSURE ON A TOYOTA RAV4 using the tire pressure monitoring system display, the Toyota app, a tire pressure gauge, and manual inflation.
DISPLAYING THE TIRE PRESSURE
The Toyota RAV4 has a built-in tire pressure monitoring system that allows you to view real-time tire pressure information from inside your vehicle. There are two main ways to access the tire pressure display: through the multi-information display or the tire pressure monitoring system settings.
HOW TO READ AND SET THE TIRE PRESSURE ON A TOYOTA RAV4
The multi-information display situated between your speedometer and tachometer provides important vehicle information and settings. To view your tire pressure:
- Using the buttons on your steering wheel, scroll through the menu options on the multi-information display until you reach the tire pressure monitoring system screen.
- This screen will show the pressure readings from each tire’s sensor.
- The readings will display in PSI or in kPa depending on your unit settings.
- Refer to your owner’s manual for the proper tire inflation pressure specific to your RAV4 model and trim.
- If any tires show significantly lower pressure than recommended, you will need to add air.
VIEWING TIRE PRESSURE ON THE TOYOTA APP
If your RAV4 is equipped with Remote Connect, you can also view your vehicle’s tire pressure through the Toyota app.
- Make sure your Toyota app is connected to your vehicle.
- Open the app and select your RAV4.
- Choose the “Vehicle Status” option.
- Swipe through the menu and select “Tire Pressure.”
- This will display the pressure reading from each tire sensor.
- As with the multi-information display, compare the readings against your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure level and fill any significantly underinflated tires.
CHECKING TIRE PRESSURE WITHOUT THE APP
While the tire pressure display provides the easiest way to monitor your RAV4’s tire pressure, you can also check it manually using the tire valve stems.
AN AIR PRESSURE GAUGE
Air pressure gauges screw onto the valve stem to give you a pressure reading. While digital gauges that provide a precise PSI measurement are ideal, a basic stick or dial gauge will also work. To check your RAV4’s tires:
- Unscrew the valve stem caps from each tire.
- Firmly press an air pressure gauge onto the valve stem and measure the pressure.
- Compare the readings to the recommended inflation levels in your owner’s manual.
- If the pressure is low, note how much it needs to be increased.
WAIT FOR THE TIRE PRESSURE LIGHT ON THE DASHBOARD
Your RAV4 also has a Tire Pressure Warning Light located on the instrument cluster that will illuminate when any tire falls significantly below the inflation threshold. While the light means your tires need air, you won’t know which one or by how much. It’s better not to rely solely on the light and proactively check pressures with the display or a gauge. If you see the warning light appear, be sure to:
- Pull over and check the multi-information display for pressure readings.
- Use a pressure gauge to measure any tires shown to be underinflated on the display.
- Fill the tires to the vehicle’s specified PSI.
- Drive for a few minutes and confirm the light turns off.
FINDING THE CORRECT TIRE PRESSURE
To properly inflate your RAV4’s tires, you need to know your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure. The correct PSI levels for your Toyota can be found in several places:
- Printed on a sticker inside the driver’s side door jamb.
- Listed in your owner’s manual.
- Printed directly on the tire sidewalls.
- Available from a Toyota dealer service department.
The pressure values vary based on the factory-installed tires on your particular RAV4 model and trim package. They may also differ slightly for front and rear tires. It’s important to check a vehicle-specific source, rather than using a general inflation pressure like 32 or 35 PSI.
SETTING THE TIRE PRESSURE
Once you know your RAV4’s proper tire pressures, you can inflate any underinflated tires. You will need access to a functioning air compressor. Most gas stations have an inflation station available, or you can purchase a portable unit.
To set the pressures:
- Remove the valve stem caps.
- Attach the air chuck to the valve stem and turn on the compressor.
- Inflate each low tire to the PSI level specified for your Toyota.
- Use an accurate pressure gauge to check as you fill the tire.
- When the gauge shows the correct pressure, turn off the compressor and disconnect the chuck.
- Replace all valve stem caps.
Double check all tires with your gauge to confirm they are inflated correctly. Driving even a short distance warms the tires and increases the pressure, so the final check should be done when cold.
RISKS OF LOW TIRE PRESSURE
Allowing your RAV4’s tires to remain underinflated has serious consequences that can lead to hazardous situations:
- Uneven tread wear: Low pressures cause tires to wear abnormally along the edges. This reduces traction and shortens tire life.
- Poor handling: Underinflation allows excessive sidewall flexing that makes controlling and braking the vehicle harder.
- Overheating: Underinflated tires build up more internal heat through increased rolling resistance, which can lead to blowouts.
- Lower gas mileage: Below-recommended pressure creates increased drag that reduces fuel economy.
- Damage to wheels: Extremely low pressure causes tires to deform and potentially separate from the rims.
Always inspect your RAV4’s tires regularly and keep them inflated to the exact PSI found in your owner’s manual or tire placard. You must have spare tire with you. This will help maximize safety, prevent expensive tire and wheel damage, and avoid unnecessary wear.
Knowing how to READ AND SET THE TIRE PRESSURE ON A TOYOTA RAV4 takes the guesswork out of keeping your tires filled to the optimal level. By utilizing the multi-information display, Toyota app, tire warning light, and tire pressure gauge, you can easily maintain proper inflation.
Checking and adjusting your RAV4’s tire pressures regularly ensures they meet the vehicle’s specifications for performance, handling, and safety. Taking care of this simple maintenance task helps you avoid the risks of underinflation and extends the life of your tires.
How often should I check the tire pressures on my RAV4?
You should inspect your RAV4’s tire pressures at least once a month to make sure inflation is at the recommended level. Check more frequently if you notice the pressures drop repeatedly.
Do I have to reset the TPMS sensors when I rotate the tires?
The tire pressure monitoring system on the RAV4 automatically calibrates to the new sensor positions after rotating tires. You do not need to manually reset the sensors.