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Tire Pressure Wrong from the Dealership (Merged Thread)

My new '14 XT Touring has ridden a bit rough from the day I test drove it (31 miles on it when I bought it, still had the shipping plastic on it when I test drove it). I had chalked it up to the stiffer suspension tuning lower profile tires, and didn't think much more of it.

Until today.

It's been a bit cold here in Denver of late. Today, though, it got warm. 70F if the Weather Channel is to be believed. It was also Scout Show day, so my new ride got the chance to sit out in the sun for six hours for the first time since I got it.

After the show, I got in with the kids and set off for home. Imagine my surprise when the tire pressure light went on. The car wasn't handling bad that I could tell, and it certainly didn't feel like a tire was low. I didn't have my tire gauge with me (I know, bad geek, no cookie), so I resolved to check the pressure of the tires as soon as I got home.

Back-right tire: over 50 lbs of pressure.

Going over the scenarios in my head, I can only land on one conclusion: the dealer aired up the tires to the "max pressure" listed on the side of the tire (44 lbs) instead of the manual-specified pressure of 33 front/32 rear.

I'll be correcting the pressure tomorrow morning once the tires have cooled down and stabilized. I will also be calling the dealer Monday to log a complaint.

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Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. Many cars are delivered with incorrect tire pressures. I suspect the dealer got them that way....and they never checked. I am a little surprised you did not get a TPMS light at 50 psi.

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It may provide a false sense of fuel economy, too. Over-inflated tires tend to produce better MPG (And are much riskier, of course)

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Correct, all 4 tires were inflated to 36 psi when I got the vehicle. Lowered them all to 2 lbs over recommended settings. Vehicle rides great now.
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I'm looking forward to seeing how it rides with correct pressure. I'm glad it probably isn't the tires. :)

Now I just gotta find an excuse to drive somewhere tomorrow...

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Same here. The day after I picked up my 2.5i I decided to check the tire pressure because the ride felt pretty stiff. I'm glad I did because the dealer/port put 40 psi on all 4 tires. The recommended psi for my forester is 30front/29 rear. The ride now feels great! No complaints.


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I had the same thing last fall, drove the new Foz a couple of days and checked TP, all over 40psi!
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Going over the scenarios in my head, I can only land on one conclusion: the dealer aired up the tires to the "max pressure" listed on the side of the tire (44 lbs) instead of the manual-specified pressure of 33 front/32 rear.

I'll be correcting the pressure tomorrow morning once the tires have cooled down and stabilized. I will also be calling the dealer Monday to log a complaint.
Probably just an oversight during PDI. The tires are intentionally overinflated on new cars to keep them from flat-spotting during transit (aka long boat ride from Japan) or on the dealer lot. Adjust pressure, move on with life.

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Got the tires aired down (that sounds so weird) this morning. They had 50 lbs of pressure in them. I'm just glad the car had less than 400 miles on them that way. It takes a long time to get from 50 to 32/33 lbs when you're being careful...

The ride is MUCH better.

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Subaru LISTEN UP!!

You are over inflating your car's tires at the factory and your dealers don't catch all of the cars that are. I picked up my car with 6 miles on it and the tires read 45 lbs. There are numerous members who are complaining of the same thing. Please fix it! FE (Copy to Subaru Customer Service)
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Umm... it's not Subaru's fault. The tires are overinflated on purpose during transit to keep them from flat-spotting. It's the dealership's responsibility to adjust the tire pressures to the recommended pressures as part of the PDI.

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Umm... it's not Subaru's fault. The tires are overinflated on purpose during transit to keep them from flat-spotting. It's the dealership's responsibility to adjust the tire pressures to the recommended pressures as part of the PDI.
This....and 45 PSI is a bit high, but it's not going to blow up your tire. It'll just ride rough. Not a big deal..
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I checked mine during pickup on Tuesday. I was pleased to find it the correct PSI!
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My car came with 37 cold PSI all around. I adjusted it to 32/30 the next morning.
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There are numerous members who have complained of over-inflated tires on their new car. If Subaru dealers aren't checking inflation, then I think it becomes a company problem. True, it's no big deal just let the air out, but why should we have to? Some new owner without the benefit of having read about this on this fine site, can do irreparable damage to their tires on a long trip with over inflated tires.
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