Tire Inflation - 2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye Long-Term Road Test

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Tire Inflation

July 25, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye

After reading Ed Hellwig's post about the Dart's low tire pressure, I decided to recheck them myself, to see if maybe we had a slow leak. Another reason I did this was because I have a cool tire pressure pump and wanted a chance to use it. I'm a bit of a fanatic about tire pressure because it is so important for safety and fuel economy. But getting the right setting is tricky, since temperature affects the pressure and the temperature and road conditions are often changing. As I drove home I watched the pressure climb as the tires warmed up. Once I got home, I sprung into action.

Last year, I bought this battery-operated tire pump which displays the tire pressure and has a built-in flashlight. The best part is you don't have to pop the hood and connect it to the car's battery terminals. It only took a few minutes to check the yellow sticker to see that the tire pressure was supposed to be 34 psi when cold and bring them all up to the right level. The next morning, it was satisfying to see the warning light was off.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 12,553 miles


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    "As I drove home I watched the pressure climb as the tires warmed up. Once I got home, I sprung into action." Well, I think you SPRANG into action, but what you did was check and inflate your tires to the cold psi spec...when the tires were already hot. This directly contradicts your own instructions from 2010 in the link you added to the post, and directly contradicts everything anyone knows about checking tire pressures.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Really, Ed Hellwig doesn't realize that a TPMS is SUPPOSED to let you know when a tire is 5 psi low, and now you don't know you're not supposed to fill tires hot? And then you POST about it, like you're thinking how slick you are! *slaps forehead* - what is with you people out there? Is it something in the water?

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