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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Upgrayedd, Oct 20, 2020.
Laughs in Florida...
We had a wild temp swing on Monday from 55 to 51 and back to 55. Brutal.
78 today, so all good. Have to let some air out.
Warm winters and news full of Florida Man. What more could one want?
Every winter you sad snowbirds migrate south to look for a car wash.
Of course you need plowing money to pay for heating oil.
I've told this story before, but in the police academy during driving, they had two identical cars. One car had 25 PSI in the tires, the other car had 45 PSI in the tires. They had you drive both cars around the obstacle course/track. The car with 45PSI handled excellent, turned on a dime. The car with 25 PSI was flat out dangerous and killed cones like it was its job. It was a real eye opener, how just tire pressure can drastically alter a vehicles handling characteristics.
Its true that the factory door sticker is the correct pressure to go with if your car has the OEM tires on it. If you change the tires to a different brand, different size, etc, then the OEM door sticker is just a guide line and is no longer valid. Its close, but not 100%.
Never look at the tires. It just has the max inflation pressure, which is not the proper pressure. Most cars call for 30-36 PSI and the tires max inflation is almost always 45 PSI on a P (passenger) rated tire. Some truck tires want 70-80 PSI or more.
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Yes it was a dry course but they did have a wet skid pad portion too, and I dont recall what car they used for the wet course, of if they adjusted the tire pressure.
I would bet slightly lower psi would be better in adverse conditions. Probably to a certain point of course but better a little low than a little high.
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.. & I have it on good authority (CNN ... ) Planes don't do well when outta gas, either ...
Kidding aside, there comes a winter cold snap (hasn't happened in TX yet) that sets off all the TPMS's in my 'fleet' ...
Then I start getting calls from all the family members that constitute the 'customers' of 'Aircarver's Garage' ...
"Bring it by and I'll air it up" I tell them ...
A few of the large OTR and fleet outfits went to the nitrogen in the tires thing. Some still use it others don't. Some of those using nitrogen stated that they saw a fuel and tire savings, others didn't. It all boils down to ROI.
Thanks for the heads up.
I just learned tire pressure is important on garden tractors.
The mower deck would not lift off the ground but everything looked okay.
The tires looked like they had air with no bulging on the side bottom but showed zero pressure. When I inflated them 19 on the front 17 on the back the entire tractor lifted and the mower deck lifts off of the ground now in the up position as it should.
I was testing a new good quality tire gauge. Cheap tire gauges are a pain to use and who checks tire pressure on lawn tractors if it looks okay.
I hate it when the recommended pressure is an odd number. The recommended pressure shown on the door sticker for my truck is 35 psi. How the hell do they expect me to get exactly 8.75 psi in each tire?
when you drive like a maniac as I do, they heat up pretty quickly....
We keep our patrol cars about 5 over (usually 40psi). Minimizes sidewall roll and really helps with handling in emergency driving. Same when it is wet outside
My Brother moved up North and he sent me screen shots of the summer, 80 degrees.
Now that it's freezing ice and snow I send him my screenshot of 88.