Best way to check tire pressure and inflate tires?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by Zanrok, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Zanrok

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    I did find an old thread on the subject. But I am curious what 6 years has changed. What is the best and most cost effective way to not only check your tire pressure but inflate them?

    I have looked at few digital gauges and portable inflaters, but I am curious as to what you guys use. And I am sort of a newbie to this whole process, didn't really care about the tire pressure on the grand am.

    Any suggestions, help or advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks as always!
     
  2. rogerv

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    I check mine twice a month in my garage when the tires are cold. I use a guage with a short hose and analog readout with a reset-to-zero button. I think it cost in the $10-12 range, but that was a few years ago. I had a RadioShack digital model, but the main non-replaceable battery gave up the ghost.
    I also have an airtank (about $25 at Walmart, I think) that I fill at Costco or a service station as needed. The battery inflators work, but in my opinion rather slowly. By checking mine often, very little air is needed to keep them at 42/40 psi. Don't forget to check the spare occasionally as well.
     
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    Get a decent quality analogue gauge. Check pressures when car's sat a good while, preferably overnight. Drive to your nearest convenient gas station and top them up as needed.

    If the station's within a mile or two, there shouldn't be much change in pressure going that distance. Maybe just verify the first time. If pressures have risen a bit, overinflate accordingly and check/adjust the next morning at home.

    Regarding gauges: I have picked up a digital gauge, and I have 2~3 analogue gauges, the stick kind. They all read about the same. The analogue ones are just easier: you don't start chasing 1/10's of a psi. Last forever too.

    In lower mainland BC, Canada, at least: Chevron still has free air.
     
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    Most cost effective to check: Buy that $1.99 analog tire pressure gauge and check them yourself :)

    To fill them: This is one instance I would say find a cheap air compressor and grab it. Harbor Freight Tools has these, and I'm sure Walmart does too. If you have a gas station that offers free air and is close to home, that's a good option.
     
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    I've had a couple of cheap inflators with gauge and both quit working so with the Prius, I want to keep a close watch on TP so found this Snap ON, $20 and free shipping. Now I just have to convince the wife to use it religiously.:thumb:
     
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    TP?
     
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    That could be toilet paper or it might be tire pressure, either way the wife needs to keep a close check.:eek:
     
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    After procuring a dependable air gauge stop by a tire retailer and have them fill your tires with nitrogen, once every four years...
     
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    A floor-style bicycle pump is cheap and quite adequate for maintaining tire pressure.

    While I have a tiny 12V compressor, re-stowing the cord in its small storage space is more work than just hand pumping with the bike pump.
     
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    For those gas stations that charge for air, there may be a button underneath the unit that, if pressed twice, let's you fill up for free.

    ...The More You Know...