Honda CR-V 2016 Tire Pressure Guide

Keeping your tires properly inflated is critical to the performance, handling, and safety of your Honda CR-V. The correct tire pressure allows for better fuel economy, even tread wear, and optimal braking and steering. This guide will cover the recommended tire pressures for the 2016 Honda CR-V along with tips on tire maintenance and frequently asked questions.

The 2016 Honda CR-V was equipped with 225/60R18 size tires from the factory. Honda recommends inflating these tires to 32 PSI (pounds per square inch) or 2.2 BAR (bars) for both front and rear.

This tire pressure is listed in your owner’s manual and can usually be found on a sticker inside the driver’s side door jamb. It provides the optimum inflation level for ride comfort, handling, and fuel efficiency.

Tire Pressure Table

Tire PositionTire SizeRecommended Pressure
Front225/60R1832 PSI / 2.2 BAR
Rear225/60R1832 PSI / 2.2 BAR

Checking Tire Pressure

It’s important to check your CR-V’s tire pressure at least once a month to ensure optimal performance. Tire pressure fluctuates with temperature changes and naturally declines over time as air permeates through the rubber.

Use a quality tire gauge to check the pressure when tires are cold, meaning before you’ve driven or at least 3 hours after driving. If tires are hot, the reading could be up to 4-5 PSI higher than cold.

Compare the measured pressure to the recommended PSI listed on the sticker inside the driver’s door jamb or owner’s manual. If pressure is low, inflate to the proper level.

Always check the pressure on the valve stem itself and not the tire sidewall. The sidewall reading can be inaccurate. It’s also wise to inspect tires for abnormal or uneven wear patterns, cracks, or punctures during inflation checks.

Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure

There are a few things you can do to make sure your CR-V’s tire pressures remain correct:

  • Check pressure at least monthly and before long trips
  • Inspect tires for wear and damage regularly
  • Have a reputable shop address tire repairs immediately
  • Rotate tires every 5,000-7,000 miles to spread wear evenly
  • Align wheels/suspension if abnormal or uneven tread wear is noticed
  • Inspect and replace valve stem caps if missing – they keep out dirt and moisture

It’s also a good idea to keep an air compressor on hand for quick pressure top-offs when needed. Consider investing in a portable inflator that plugs into your car.

Signs of Improper Tire Pressure

Driving on improperly inflated tires can create noticeable symptoms and lead to serious safety hazards. Being able to recognize the signs of underinflation and overinflation will help you identify and resolve pressure problems promptly.

Underinflation:

  • Poor fuel economy – Underinflated tires have increased rolling resistance, forcing the engine to work harder and use more fuel. Expect 2-3% drop in MPG for every PSI under the recommendation.
  • Excessive or uneven tire wear – Low pressures allow tires to flex too much, causing wear along the edges. This uneven wear also reduces tread life overall.
  • Reduced steering and braking control – Underinflated tires lose their stiffness, changing the handling dynamics and making the vehicle harder to control and stop. This is extremely hazardous.
  • Overheating and blowouts – The flexing from low pressures builds up excessive heat inside the tires, increasing the chances of failure or blowouts.

Overinflation:

  • Harsh ride quality – Too much pressure makes the ride overly stiff and bouncy. It also magnifies the impact of road imperfections and bumps.
  • Reduced traction and braking ability – Overinflated tires have less contact with the road. This decreases available traction for accelerating, cornering, and braking.
  • Wear focused on tire center – High pressures cause tread to wear faster in the middle of the tire rather than evenly across the width.
  • More vulnerable to road hazards – Stiff, inflated tires are more prone to punctures, cuts, and penetrations from debris on the road.

Keeping pressures at the recommended levels is critical. If you notice any symptoms of underinflation or overinflation, address immediately by inflating your CR-V’s tires to the proper 32 PSI. Proper inflation is vital to performance, economy, safety, and avoiding tire failure.

Frequently Asked Questions

The recommended tire pressure is listed in your owner’s manual and on a sticker inside the driver’s side door jamb. It will be listed in PSI and BAR units.

2. What if I swap out the factory tires for different ones?

Always follow the pressure recommendation from the new tire manufacturer. Do not rely on the factory recommended pressure.

3. Should I use nitrogen instead of regular compressed air?

Nitrogen is less likely to leak over time but provides no significant advantage for a CR-V. Regular compressed air works fine in most cases.

4. How do I know when a tire needs to be replaced?

Look for tread depth under 2/32 inch, signs of damage like cracks or bulges, uneven or abnormal tread wear, or 7-10 years of use. Tires degrade over time regardless of tread depth.

5. What is the tire pressure monitoring system?

Your CR-V has a TPMS that turns on a dashboard warning light if a tire becomes significantly underinflated. It’s not a substitute for manually checking pressures.

Conclusion

Maintaining proper tire inflation is essential to getting the most out of your Honda CR-V. Underinflated tires can lead to poor fuel economy, uneven wear, blowouts, and loss of control. Overinflated tires reduce braking and traction. For 2016 CR-Vs, Honda recommends 32 PSI/2.2 BAR for the 225/60R18 size tires.

Check pressures monthly before driving using an accurate tire gauge. Inflate to the recommended PSI, inspect for damage, and rotate tires regularly. Proper inflation maximizes safety, handling, economy, and tread life. Don’t ignore your tires – consistent inflation checks help keep your CR-V’s tires in their best condition.

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