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Bowlerman10

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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2014 11:11:43 AM

Is it really necessary to check your tire pressure every week? If it's the same 3 wks in a row, can't you go to just once a month?
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2014 10:51:42 PM

they don't lose air; colder air is denser air thus making the psi lower

but the other slight loss is through the vale stem, tire bead, or tire itself
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Fredelin
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2014 10:40:04 PM

I tend to check them more often in the ... winter. Cold air, I suspect, make tires lose air... (Can anyone confirm this to me privately?)
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 3:32:12 AM

yes, bi-weekly
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2014 5:15:19 AM

My car has a tire monitor on it if one gets low.
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2014 12:11:03 AM

yes monthly
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2014 9:13:13 AM

check about once a month.
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szd55
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2014 8:43:34 AM

Check every fill or 10C/20F change in ambient temps
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ny10
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 2:53:40 PM

not every week. maybe once a couple months or so
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ZZZoop
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 12:02:32 PM

>>Check when the low tire light comes on.<<

My TPMS light trips at around 6 psi below baseline, or about 85% of normal tire pressure. I don't want to be driving around on a tire or tires that are that far under inflated.
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WES03
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 10:47:36 AM

I check them prior to a road trips; probably should do it more often.
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myst999
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 9:34:01 PM

I usually check the pressure once a month, unless the tires look low.
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BBF_PFS
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 8:50:17 PM

Check when the low tire light comes on.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 6:30:38 PM

I check each time I fill the tank -- easy to do with a hand-held gauge
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 9:55:48 AM

depends on the temperature
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 7:12:03 AM

At least once a month
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2014 3:46:41 AM

about every 2 weeks
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pawnkingfour
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 6:33:38 PM

Do it at least every 2 weeks.
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2014 2:30:03 PM

Not to talk to, only when I see a low tire.
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Daddioio
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2014 10:05:11 AM

I would say check your tire pressure at least once a month. HOWEVER, if there is a large change in temperature, then the tire pressure should be checked more frequently.
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BobP1950
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2014 11:14:05 PM

i'll check it more it really frigid weather, basic laws of physics
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jes
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2014 7:31:27 AM

Simply stated, once a month should be sufficient.
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pghbill
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2014 12:09:32 AM

yes
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 7:55:11 AM

once a month seems fine
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Camry05
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 11:47:46 PM

no
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Vin63
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 10:39:39 AM

Better to know the pressures are the same than not knowing.
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lyanMI
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 9:21:53 AM

Its advisable to check during extremely cold and hot months.
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 1:06:21 AM

yes
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2014 1:10:46 PM

"s it really necessary to check your tire pressure every week?"

No, it's not really necessary. And it's not necessary to check it just once a month. It's simply up to you when you perform your vehicle maintenance. But...as you aaked, consider the following:

Having proper tire pressure is a crucial safety issue. Next to the brakes, the tires are the most important safety devices on your car. Incorrect tire pressure will compromise cornering, braking and stability. And in the worst-case scenario, improper tire pressure can lead to tire failure — and a serious accident. Incorrect tire pressure also will affect your comfort, fuel economy and tire life.

If tire pressure is too high, then less of the tire touches the ground. As a consequence, your car will bounce around on the road. And when your tires are bouncing instead of firmly planted on the road, traction suffers and so do your stopping distances. You'll also feel a decrease in ride comfort. (Hint: If you notice that every tie you own has coffee on it, check your tire pressure. It may be too high.)

If tire pressure is too low, then too much of the tire's surface area touches the ground, which increases friction between the road and the tire. As a result, not only will your tires wear prematurely, but they also could overheat. Overheating can lead to tread separation — and a nasty accident. One sign of low tire pressure is if your tires squeal when cornering.

And you need to check your tire pressure even if your tires aren't leaking. Why? Because tire pressure also changes with the temperature outside. Tire pressure decreases by about 1 pound per square inch for every 10-degree drop in outside air temperature. So if you last had your tire pressure checked in July, when it was 80 degrees outside, and it's now January — and the temperature is minus 20 — your tires may be under inflated by 10 pounds, which is dangerous.

How do you determine the correct tire pressure for your car's tires?
If the specs aren't on any door post, check inside the glove compartment (pictured), under the center console cover or in the owner's manual.
If the specs aren't on any door post, check inside the glove compartment (pictured), under the center console cover or in the owner's manual.

A lot of people check the pressure listed on the tires themselves, but that's actually the wrong place to look. The number on the tire is the maximum allowable air pressure — not the recommended pressure for that tire when used on your vehicle.

The recommended tire pressure is almost always lower than the maximum tire pressure. Check your owner's manual to find out where to look on your vehicle to find the recommended measurement. This number usually is indicated either on the driver's door pillar, the glove compartment door or sometimes on the gas filler door.

Once you know the manufacturer's recommended tire pressure, then you need an accurate tire gauge to check the tire pressure. Some tire gauges, such as the popular pencil-style gauge, are notoriously inaccurate. Analog, dial-type gauges or digital gauges tend to be fairly accurate.

And when should you check the tire pressure? You should check it when the tire is cold. That doesn't mean you need to move to International Falls, Minn., to check your tire pressure. Cold, in this sense, simply means that your tires are at air temperature. You can check tire pressure any time of the day, as long as the tires have been sitting for a few hours or haven't been driven for more than a few miles. In other words, you can drive to the gas station a few blocks away and ask them to check the pressure, but don't expect to pull off the highway after driving for an hour and expect to get an accurate reading.

When you do check your tire pressure, remember to check all four tires. Just because three of your tires are at 30 pounds doesn't mean that the fourth tire isn't nearly flat. Finally, check the spare tire at least once in a while — it would be an unpleasant surprise to find it flat when you need it.

But, to answer your question "Is it really necessary to check your tire pressure every week?", the key word is every. The reason you check every week is because you get into the habit of checking your tire pressure (or your oil, or your transmission fluid, and so). When you check only once a week, it's easier to forget whether you've done it or not.

Think of it this way: People are told to check the batteries (or to change the batteries) on a smoke detector when they change their clocks back or forward by one hour each year. Why? Because it's an easy habit to remember.

So, to again answer your question, no it's not necessary to check your tire pressure every week. It just helps you to remember to do it regularly. For the safety of your car and for your safety.

Does that answer your question?
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