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Posted: 06/12/04 10:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tire Pressure Gauge...Just a thought

I think almost all if not everyone carries a tire pressure gauge. We also have hammered it into our brains that maintaining the proper tire pressure is a critical safety element... The real question is how accurate is the gauge you are using? I am thinking that it is possible that some of us might be lulled into thinking that we are inflating our tires to the proper PSI but basing that on gauge that is not reasonably accurate... I really do not know the life span of tire gauges but I am not sure that they last for ever. I am also of the belief based on personal experience that the accuracy of a tire gauge will vary depending on the pressure being checked... So if any have not invested in a good quality tire gauge, and/or have not verified its accuracy for the Pressure range you are checking it might be a good investment of time and/or money to do either or both...

Here is a link to a related thread by Burgess001 Factor in Michelin Survival...Maybe???

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Posted: 06/12/04 10:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very good comment.
I bought a top dollar one and for some reason decided to check against a friend of mines gauge.
What a shock.......off 10 pounds.
We went to the tire shop where I bought it. Owner checked 5 gauges he had for sale. Found only one that was correct and I have it now!
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Yup, I had mine calibrated at one of the big gauges on the air system at a local car dealership.


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Posted: 06/12/04 03:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good post... AND an item that I strongly believe in. I do carry 5 different gages (all for different purposes) and each and every one has been calibrated. There are quite a few larger tire shops that if so equipped will be glad to calibrate your personal gage. Supprisingly, most shops I've asked never calibrate their own gages...


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I have 5 gauges and at the 80 psi range they show with 30 psi "tolerance"
Since I prefer to have my all tires overinflated, it is not critical, but when inflating I am using at least 2 gauges I trust the most and pull an average of their reading.

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Posted: 06/12/04 10:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JohnnyT,

I have found that the big double ended tire gages that you can get at the truck stops seem to be the best and most acurate. they are a little pricy but for my safety I think they are worth it.


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Good post Johnny. I posted about the same thing earlier, only you used a "More Descriptive" title. I tied in the "Michelin" factor, thinking it might attract some attention. There is no way to know, but I'm sure many tires have been ruined because of low inflation due to faulty gages. I know I have had a really rough ride from OVER inflation.


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Because this is a much bigger issue with drivers of large motorized coaches that often need 100 lb + pressure in the tires and whose lives are on the line if they don't and also because Johnny does not seem to be a narrow minded, legalistic grump.

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Posted: 06/12/04 03:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I purchased a dual foot truck gauge and the combination 6'hose with gauge.
Both read the same so I'm guessing fairly accurate.


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Anyone have any insight on the gauges in the CW catalog for accuracy and reliability?


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