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Old 08-17-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Low tire pressure.
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Yeah, low tire pressure!
So?

I don't mean to gender brow-beat but, I'm glad it's standard equip. now. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a vehicle (being driven!) with an extremely low tire- and a woman at the wheel.
Reminds me of one time I saw that- she flew by me like a bat outta Hell (with low tire)- and I said to myself, "I bet I'll see her again in about 15mins.
Sure enough, I caught up with her as she's trying to make her way across 6 lanes of traffic with a SHREDDED tire. Normally, I stop and help (when there's time), but she deserved to be stranded on the road.
Yeah, I know- Mean Bstrd!
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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I once experienced a very funny situation - the first car ever I got with this tire pressure control system was a Chrysler 300 from Avis in Canada, and it was also the first time a had a flat tire. It looked like I have overrunned something on the highway and I was surprised to see "Warning - low tire pressure" on the screen.
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I have a friend who bought a new Fit three years ago. It has been in the garage only about four times since he bought it. Every time to try to recalibrate the tire idiot light so it doesn't keep flashing constantly when the tires are properly inflated. Every morning when he gets up, the light is on, from the lowered pressure from overnight cooler temperatures. Honda can't seem to fix it.

The reason you see so many people driving on under-inflated tires is because virtually all service stations now charge anywhere from 50c to a dollar to add 2 or 3 pounds of pressure to one tire.

If every car needs tire re-inflation twice a year, that would make air pumps a quarter-billion dollar industry in this country. If the government really thinks proper inflation is such a critical safety issue that there is a compelling need to mandate warning lights, service stations should be required to stop punishing people who comply.

A very simple procedure, which I have never heard of any station doing, is to have a swipe-card or punch-code operated air pump, and anyone who fills up with gas can ask for an air-pump card to activate the pump free. You would then see a lot fewer cars driving around with under-inflated tires.

I did see one station with a sign on the air pump that said "Gas customers, ask attendant to activate air pump".

Most independent tire stores will probably check and inflate your tires if you pull in and ask, and maybe even pretend to do it cheerfullly, although places like Goodyear and Firestone and WalMart and Sears would probably tell you to make an appointment and fill out a work order.
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:57 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Charging for air or water in CA is illegal if you purchase fuel. Most stations in my area don't require the fuel purchase.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:01 PM
 
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I have a friend who bought a new Fit three years ago. It has been in the garage only about four times since he bought it. Every time to try to recalibrate the tire idiot light so it doesn't keep flashing constantly when the tires are properly inflated. Every morning when he gets up, the light is on, from the lowered pressure from overnight cooler temperatures. Honda can't seem to fix it.

The reason you see so many people driving on under-inflated tires is because virtually all service stations now charge anywhere from 50c to a dollar to add 2 or 3 pounds of pressure to one tire.

If every car needs tire re-inflation twice a year, that would make air pumps a quarter-billion dollar industry in this country. If the government really thinks proper inflation is such a critical safety issue that there is a compelling need to mandate warning lights, service stations should be required to stop punishing people who comply.

A very simple procedure, which I have never heard of any station doing, is to have a swipe-card or punch-code operated air pump, and anyone who fills up with gas can ask for an air-pump card to activate the pump free. You would then see a lot fewer cars driving around with under-inflated tires.

I did see one station with a sign on the air pump that said "Gas customers, ask attendant to activate air pump".

Most independent tire stores will probably check and inflate your tires if you pull in and ask, and maybe even pretend to do it cheerfullly, although places like Goodyear and Firestone and WalMart and Sears would probably tell you to make an appointment and fill out a work order.
I'd just get small air compressor that plugs into the cigarette lighter. I've always had one in my truck in a plastic box along with a cheap chicom toolkit. Both have been used and come in handy more times than I could have ever imagined.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:03 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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Charging for air or water in CA is illegal if you purchase fuel. Most stations in my area don't require the fuel purchase.
x2. They almost never put up a fight. I buy almost all of my gas at one specific shell station .... even if i dont buy gas on that trip, the attendant knows i'm there regularly.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:28 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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My tire idiot light is on constantly in my Aura. Had to replace a wheel and never replaced the sensor. OnStar has a fit over this in the monthly email. I can look at the tire and add air when necessary. I carry a bicycle pump in one of my cars for just this very situation.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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^^ And mine works perfectly well.
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