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Old 5th February 2008, 18:49   #1
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I have a WagonR and has driven 800 kms. first service is complete. I need to know how often we need to check the tyre pressure?

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if you are following the fuelling in the tankfull to tank full basis then i would appreciate if you check your pressure every fortnight.this is in case you dont use up atleast half tank fuel within a fortnight.if you do that then you can check pressure at the time of refueling.if you are a person who prefers 500 rs petrol every time then check the pressure every fortnight.
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It depends on how much you use the vehicle. Take for eg. in my case, I will check the tyre pressure once every week (mostly sundays). I use the vehicle around 500 kms every week.

But if you use it sparingly, you can check the pressure once in every 15 days.

It plays a vital role in maintaining the FE.
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Once/15 days shouldnt hurt
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One important thing is to check the pressure when the tyres are cold. If the car has run 20kms, and if you check the pressure then, you may be doing more harm than good. Warm tyre pressures are more as air expands during the running.

Personally, i found that the cold tyre to warm tyre pressure difference is sometimes more than 5 PSI. Other experts can confirm this.

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Thanks!!

i never checked it till date . its almost 1.5 months since i took it.
one more thing , really sorry if i sound dumb. im really a novice. i can check this in petrol pump right? and what if more air is required. ie what should i tell the guy (as in "5 ltrs of petrol")
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exactly. . .every pump has an air pressure corner who service you for free. . .just ask them to check the pressure and they'll do it for all tyres. . .besides, u nd to tell them u nd "petrol woth Rs.______ and they'll fill it in, dnt go by litres. . .hope this solves ur query. . .and no question's ever silly,so dnt bother. . .cheers


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....really sorry if i sound dumb. im really a novice.
Every body is a novice in everything at somepoint of time.

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i can check this in petrol pump right? and what if more air is required. ie what should i tell the guy (as in "5 ltrs of petrol")

They ought to know. I pay Rs. 5 for checking all 5 tyres (Coichin) - not because i have to, but because I have experience with the valve breaking off / refusing to shut once in a blue moon, and when that happens, I will need this guy's help to fix that. Also, the mode of operating each gauge is different, and it is a right-royal PITA to learn it every time.

Open the driver door. On the B pillar, (the pillar between the front and back door), there is small label showing the tyre pressure recommended for our car(!!!!) is 33 PSI.

The rule of thumb I follow is - every 500 KM or 5 days. (I do not mean that you interrupt a journey simply because you completed 500 KM from last time you checked pressure). Even a 3psi drop in pressure can affect FE.
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Thanks a lot Flintstone and backseatdriver..
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i never checked it till date . its almost 1.5 months since i took it.
one more thing , really sorry if i sound dumb. im really a novice. i can check this in petrol pump right? and what if more air is required. ie what should i tell the guy (as in "5 ltrs of petrol")
Simple rajesh. All you need to tell the attendent is the numbers is 25 or 30 or 32 or 35 or 40 something like this. He will fill in the air for your tyre. Also note that when the air reaches the desired levels, a beep will come out of that air pressure meter. And note that all the pressure measured will be in psi only.
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I also read sometime back in a reputed website (do not remember) that once every 2-4 weeks is OK. I have stuck to about 2-4 weeks for many years now, based on the crowd in line.
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Checks every 14 days.

Cost : Rs.2/tyre
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I guess once every 2 weeks is a reasonable time frame. Otherwise, you could follow the thumb rule - whenever you take it to the pump for refill, get the air checked.
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Cost : Rs.2/tyre
I thought air was free!
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I thought air was free!
I usually check the pressure from the puncture wallah !
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