2013 Dodge Dart SXT Rallye: Tire Inflation
July 25, 2013
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