2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Long Term Road Test


2008 Dodge Grand Caravan: Tire Pressure Gripe

January 14, 2009

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I started up the Dodge Grand Caravan thismorning to the unwelcome sight of its tire pressure warning light. A broke out my tiregauge and a quick check of the pressures confirmed my fate.Three tires were at spec and one was down 10 psi.

Ilive within 2miles of a tire shop andthe leakerhad plentyof airto survive the trip without my having to mount the spare.SoI drove over,had the tire patched and was ready to leaveafter 30 minutesand $17.18.

As I walked back to the Caravanthis guy in hisInfiniti i35 pulled into the driveway. His mangled tire clunglifelessto the rim, which was visibly damaged itself. "The tire looked low" he told the approaching mechanic "so I drove straight over." This brings me to my gripe.

A lot ofpeople check their tire pressures by the bulge of the sidewall. By the time a tire "looks low" it is already too late.To drive on it at this point is risking safety, tire replacement costs and in the case of this guy, wheel replacement costs. Why don't drivers understand this? Spendthe $20 foratire pressure gauge. And check your tiresregularly. Spread the word.

So how many out there carry a tire pressure gauge in yourcar - - and use it?

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 24,374 miles

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