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#1 Old 11-04-2012, 11:01 PM
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Tire pressure in the fall/winter

Hey guys,

It officially hit cold weather here in MD and my TMPS came on tonight as the temperature hit in the 30s tonight. I believe they were all underinflated due to the temperature drop. It was at 26 psi so I went to the station and got em inflated to 33 psi. I drove it around for a few minutes and the light went away. What are your recommended psi values during the colder temperatures? Appreciate your help.

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Same as summer: 32-34 psi. I would recommend you buy a good tire gauge and check your pressures, weekly! Don't wait for the TMPS sensors to do what you should have been doing. YOU, the owner, are the first line defense against low tire pressures. TMPS's are your back-up!

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Agreed! I think I'll make sure to add that on my Saturday morning check list. I have a digital pressure reader and I believe its accurate. Thank you!
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As long as you use the same gauge regularly your readings will always be consistent. I have one that goes inline and reads as tires fill with air. Very handy tool.

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TPMS was the bane of my existence on my last Nissan... always sounding the alarm on cold mornings. Thankfully Canadian Hyundais do not include this bit of nanny technology.

As others have said the only solution is to constantly readjust your tire pressure when the weather changes. But I would err on the soft side in cold weather, because as soon as you drive a few miles the pressure will rise, and the last thing you want on an Elantra is rock-hard tires. High tire pressure on the Elantra causes a harsh and jiggly ride, as well as scary behaviour when cornering on bumpy surfaces.
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35-36 should give you a little room to goof.. PDI papers say add 2 for car sitting on lot

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35-36 should give you a little room to goof.. PDI papers say add 2 for car sitting on lot
Mine was delivered with 38 psi and it was unbearable. Felt like the Flintstonemobile, pureeing my kidneys and hopping sideways around corners.
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Mine were at 40psi when I received the car. The local grocery store gas station has a free tire inflation station with a digital readout of tire pressure. you enter what you want the tires psi at and it adds/subtracts as needed.
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I have a good quality tire gauge and a little manual foot pump which cost about $6 - $7. I generally check the tires weekly. It takes all of a minute or two to check and another minute or two if I need to add air. I keep the tires at 34-35 psi. The little foot pump has a built-in gauge but I have found that those are not very accurate.

Believe it or not: My tires were at 45 when I picked it up. I knew something was wrong on the way home as the car felt as if it had solid rubber tires. When I got home I checked the pressure with three different gauges to make sure my gauges were right.

So much for the dealer's new car delivery check list.
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The local grocery store gas station has a free tire inflation station with a digital readout of tire pressure. you enter what you want the tires psi at and it adds/subtracts as needed.
Now that's what I call a really nice feature. Not sure you can remove "idiot" from that "idiot proof" feature but it sounds like a step in the right direction.

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