With truck tires I could usually pick up a tire that was 10 to 20 pounds low
by thumping. They were 110 psi tires and you were thumping two side by side
so you had an immediate comparison unless both were low.
Down 40 pounds or so almost anyone would pick up the duller sound. As for
exactly 110 psi, I definitely wasn't that good.
The Feds predicted about 120 lives a year might be saved. With about 33,000
fatalities a year in the US that is hardly an overwhelming return on what
they estimated would be a cost approaching 900 - 1000 million per year.
People don't have to die to suffer serious financial consequences from
accidents. While I don't particularly believe in the need for automatic
tire pressure monitoring (people should be taught to regularly walk around
their cars to inspect for low tires, etc) I suspect it would be very hard to
calculate the true cost benefit of such systems. I also suspect the price
of installing such systems will drop over time as new techniques evolve.
As for the price of gas, it's falling pretty fast around here as crude drops
to nearly $60 a barrel. I am not surprised to see that the people who
blamed Obama for high gas and oil prices aren't giving him any credit for
the drops in price. (-: (Although realistically he had little to do with
the rise or fall of oil prices.)
Ironically, the cheaper oil is roiling the stock market, given Putin $hit
fits and causing the Saudis to try to flood the market and collapse the
frackers. I suspect crude will soon be so cheap that the Excel pipeline
will be economically unfeasible because of how expensive it will become to
process the tar sands compared to fracking and OPEC fire sales. China is
the only country so far that seems to be doing anything about the boom/bust
cycle (a cycle that's been with oil since the first wildcatter). They're
building up a national reserve so they can stock up at the current low
prices and draw on that stockpile when prices invariably rise again in the
Some interesting details here at:
<<shale producers have lowered their costs so much that in key fields they
can make profits at $50 to $70 a barrel. That's above core OPEC members'
exploration and production costs but below what many need to cover their
government spending. . . . Singly the shale busters are nothing.
Collectively, their breakneck production is breaking OPEC's neck. This is
the remorseless, leaderless free market at work. . . . The Saudis' refusal
last month to take one for the team is historic, says Michael Wittner, head
of oil research at Soci?t? G?n?rale (GLE:FP) in New York. "That is such a
tremendous, dramatic change," he says. "It's hard to think of a way to
exaggerate how fundamental it is.">>
The dice are rolling - I can feel it!
The temperatures here tend to hover around 32 for much of the winter. Add in
an inch or two of fresh snow, sometimes every night, and you have a perfect
environment to turn roadways into ice rinks. All weather treads don't do
much, nor is 4WD all that useful when all four are sliding.
The city is very religious about snow removal; God put it there and God will
remove it when He feels like it. The main arteries wear down to pavement
eventually, but the side streets just turns to ice, with nice frozen berms.
I'd venture that's true in all systems that aren't actual
pressure...certainly was in all the vehicles I've had before the switch
to actual tire pressures (which I've found to be quite accurate and
reliable on all my GM vehicles).
The setting procedure was quite varied between different models and
years and manufacturers and some were extremely convoluted, but that's
the way they all worked.
It's what the dealer told me. Like I said, I 'monitor' my own tires. Besides, how much gas does a tpms save when it allows tires to get 25% below recommended pressure?
If something's important, such as keeping up your tire pressure during fall to winter, you make the time for it, and get a decent gauge.
On 01/09/2015 12:51 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I'd guess at least a decent chance that the dealer wasn't correct--that
just wouldn't be a useful indication if that were it.
What was the vehicle/mode/year just to see if could "look it up" in an
onwers manual to see what it says about setting/resetting the readout.
On Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:51:08 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
A good gauge can be had for a buck or two. I've been using a dial
gauge for the past 7-8 years. Think I paid 2-3 bucks. It's all
mostly plastic, but it reads the same pressure as my stick gauges.
It's easier to read than the sticks
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