Good call. Probably just some after school special high on redbull and monster.
-Bought two new tires off tire rack to replace my worn rear tires. Had them shipped to local tire shop. (nobody in city could get these tires.., but I could order them off the internet on my phone in under 5 minutes.. wth?).
-Had them installed at the tire shop.
-They seemed fine around town.
-Started a long interstate commute again this week- and on high speed corners the back end was very loose.
-Checked my wheels and suspension for anything loose since it felt like something was going wrong.
-Decided to check tire pressures at gas station next to office (cold tires).
The door says 32 psi for both front and rear (fronts are 32 psi fwiw, but did not think those post pic worthy).
You think 32 psi front with 45 psi rears would affect the handling?
And honestly- this is fairly common. A coworker had new tires installed at new car dealer and then went on highway trip, had blowout four hours into trip and discovered the three new tires left were all at 50 to 55 psi.
So check your pressures. Do not trust anybody else.
(and I know the stick gauge is crap, but I had to buy one at the gas station as my good one seems to have disappeared from the trunk....)
Same goes when purchasing a new car. I understand cars are shipped with higher pressures to prevent flat spotting during storage. But the dealer don't bother to set the correct pressure during prep.
They just wash your car with used gritty water with a rag But that's another story.
Yup, just had the same experience. Dropped off 4 wheels and tires to be mounted, forgot to check the pressure after mounting and found the handling very sketchy. Pressures were at near 50psi all around!
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When I was in college, I worked summers at a local tire shop with a good rep for quality service in my home town. The old-school owner demanded that all tires be set at the maximum pressure indicated on the sidewall. He would yell at you if you checked the door jambs. He had all his personal vehicles (A veritable bucket-list of the most desirable original classic muscle cars) set the same way when he brought them in. The shop has now been in operation for longer than I have, so I wasn't going to second-guess him, and we never experienced any problems or even minor complaints related to that.
I still wonder if there is not some value in this method, but generally set my tires about halfway between recommended and max.
By the way, if you're taking tires to 120 to seat the beads, something is wrong. Do you lube the beads with soap before mounting?
Last edited by InfraRedline; 07-04-2012 at 01:07 PM.
When I lifted my Rover I was shocked at how much it wandered all over the road and how unstable it was during braking. I thought I had made a huge mistake until I checked the pressure in the tires and found them all at the maximum pressure of 80psi. I dropped them to 35 and all was well.
Tire monkeys can be morons.
just remembered .....
I actually asked a tire shop guy about this intentional over-inflation phenomena many years ago.
He said they add more than required so it will have enough pressure for quite some time (with normal air pressure loss)- so they are assuming the driver will never check their tire pressure until it actually LOOKS low..... and on a modern low profile tire that means very low pressure.
Does the new required tire pressure sensor on every vehicle include an over-inflation pressure error light?
I wouldn't be so quick to make such a sweeping statement.Also, a tire will not wear from crowning due to over-inflation until well past the maximum recommended pressure for that tire.
My sister had a kid mechanic pump up her tire at a service station. The following week I was in her Explorer with her and noticed the front end crashing over potholes. I got out and checked the right front. The pressure was so high it was off the scale of the gauge. Must've been 55 lbs at least. Took me like 5 minutes to bleed it back down to 28.
Trust no one!
If you're really that adamant about this practice being dangerous, please call the shop and explain that you don't care about 35 years of experience, you're from the internet to save lives:
Maybe knowing that most people will put way too much air in their tires might convince a few more to learn for themselves. It is an easy thing to learn.
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