Originally Posted by JATRAMMELL
You don't know what you're talking about.
Sure I do..
"Driving with that much pressure will not slow the tire to fully conform to the road and could pose a blowout risk."
Should have read..."will not allow
" not slow.
Either way, the point I was making was the tire will read....."Max load xxxx lbs at 44 PSI. Yes, you can inflate to 44 and ride on, it's just not a desireable pressure to be at when in a lighter vehicle especially when not loaded up.
Yes radials lay flat, but the weight bias is towards the center much more so when inflated that high. The contact patch has become more convex and does not give the best traction in snowy conditions and when traveling at higher speeds in the rain...that's just the facts, doesn't mean the tire is completely unsafe, just less than desireable.
Yes it will give higher MPG, not much more than when set at 40, but a huge difference when comparing 28 to 32 even still being only 4 PSI.
My personal vehicle shows 32 and I keep it at 35, tires wear better and gives me better mileage, 44 and it rides like a brick.
When I was mounting tires, we would never seat the bead at more than 40 PSI, if so, we deflated and re-lubed the bead..44 PSI in a passenger tire is high when not a high load range tire, which can hold 80 PSI in some cases, these are not.
There are alot of sipes and biting eges on the shoulder of the tire, mid-size cars at that pressure will have less weight on the tire on the shoulders when in inclimate weather, unless the tire is loaded up. Granted this will not be an issue in dry weather, and will not mean you have no traction in the before mentioned.....just less.
No, i'm no expert, but have some knowledge. Just trying to add some helpful info here, not the way I wanted to start but no worries.