Kia Rio Tire Pressure

Kia Rio models from 2005 to 2022 have tire pressures ranging from 29 to 33 psi—but what happens if your tire pressure monitoring system is malfunctioning?
Written by Andrew Hobson
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
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The recommended tire pressure for a 2022 Kia Rio is 33 pounds per square inch (PSI) for both front and rear tires. 
When it comes to driving safely, having the correct air pressure in your car’s tires is a must. Improperly inflated tires can affect your car’s handling abilities, lessen fuel efficiency, and increase your risk of a blowout—all of which can be expensive to fix.
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What is the right tire pressure for a Kia Rio?

For the 2022 Kia Rio LX and the 2022 Kia Rio S, the recommended tire pressure is 33 psi for both the front and rear tires. You can verify this by consulting your owner’s manual or simply checking the sticker located on the driver’s side door frame. 
If you are driving an older model of the Kia Rio, chances are the tire pressure for the front and rear tires is still 33 psi—unless you’re driving a model from 2013 or earlier. The psi for those model years ranges from 29 to 32 psi. 
Another note: if you upgrade your Kia Rio with high-performance tires (such as all-season or racing tires), your recommended tire pressure may vary, so make sure your tire pressure matches the recommended specifications for your new wheels. 

Tire pressure recommendations for older Kia Rio Models 

Year
Front Tire Pressure
Rear Tire Pressure
2013 Kia Rio
32 psi 
32 psi
2012 Kia Rio
32 psi
32 psi
2011 Kia Rio
32 psi
32 psi
2010 Kia Rio 
32 psi
32 psi
2009 Kia Rio
30 psi
30 psi
2008 Kia Rio
30 psi
30 psi
2007 Kia Rio
30 psi
30 psi
2006 Kia Rio 
30 psi
30 psi
2005 Kia Rio
29 psi
29 psi
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How to check Kia Rio tire pressure

Wondering how to check your tire pressure? If you are driving a newer Kia, chances are it’s equipped with a helpful safety feature called the Tire Pressure Monitoring System or TPMS.  TPMS can detect both rapid and gradual loss of tire pressure. 
In certain Kias, the LCD instrument cluster features a tire display that will show you exactly which tires are experiencing a loss in tire pressure and need more air.
If you aren’t driving the latest Kia Rio with the LCD instrument cluster, you can still check your tire pressure the old-fashioned way! First, remove each tire’s valve stem cap, then push a
tire pressure gauge
directly onto the valve stem. The gauge will read your tire’s pressure and from there you can add or remove air to achieve the recommended pressure. 
Most mechanics will tell you that it’s best to check your tire pressure when your tires are cold. If possible, check your air pressure at home after waiting overnight. You can check at any gas station air filling station, too. Even better, they will probably have a tire pressure gauge for you to use in case you don’t have one yourself.  
There are a few other symptoms indicating incorrect tire pressure in your Rio. Off-center steering or a lopsided ride may be a sign that your tire pressure is not where it needs to be.

How often should you check your Rio’s tire pressure?

Check your tire pressure at least once a month—and before every big road trip.

How to tell if your Kia Rio needs new tires

For the average driver covering 12,000-15,000 miles per year, the lifespan of the tires on your Kia Rio is about three or four years. Regardless, make sure you periodically check your tires for signs of early wear and tear. Bulges, unusual cracks, or shallow tread depth on a tire are all telltale signs that you need a replacement. 
To check your tire’s tread depth, insert a US penny into the tread of your tire with Lincoln’s head facing upward. If the top of Honest Abe’s head is visible, then you need a new tire. 

How to reset the Kia Rio tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light

If you inflate your tires to the proper tire pressure (or very close to it), the sensors in the TPMS should detect the correct pressure, and your tire pressure warning light should turn off. But if that doesn’t happen and you’re sure you have the right tire pressure, there is a manual way to turn off the warning light. 
Press down the pressure warning reset switch found directly underneath the steering wheel or in the glove box compartment. Hold the switch down until the TPMS light blinks three times; the light should turn off shortly thereafter. 
If this method doesn’t work, visit your local Kia dealership to have them take a look at your TPMS and identify the issue. 

How to save on Kia Rio insurance

If you want to save money on car maintenance, making sure your tires have the correct tire pressure is a great first step. You’ll also improve your car’s mileage and minimize your risk of a tire blowout. 
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