2014 Mini Cooper: Low Tire Pressure
December 29, 2014
It was 8:00 a.m. as I started up the 2014 Mini Cooper for a coffee run. L'Amande Bakery in Torrance makes the most wonderful cafe au lait, breads and croissants. They are worth braving the morning chill air to get the French yummy goodness.
But our Mini gave me a low tire pressure warning as I drove down my street. Our Mini is equipped with run-flats so you can't tell by looking at them which one is low. And the Mini wasn't telling me which tire to check, and all its pressure warnings on screen were blank.
I consulted the manual which told me to add air to the tires, then run the tire pressure reset procedure. I went to the gas station, checked the pressures which were reading low on all the tires, and added air to the Mini's specifications. They suggest 35 psi. According to the station's gauge, the Mini tires were all about 25-28. I added air to all of the tires as close to 35 psi as I could get using the station's gauge.
Then the manual and the in-car messages told me to drive around while the car makes a reading. This takes an uncomfortably long time for a car that may have a tire issue. It counts from 0-100% and the car needs to be moving. It took about 10 trips around the block to get through it.
According to the car, the tires were all between 34.3-35.5 psi (not bad for a self-serve station gauge). I then made my trip to the coffee shop to see how they would hold up. They seemed to be fine. The weather was cold and wet so maybe that contributed to the low psi reading just enough to fire off the warning. But we'll be keeping an eye on the tires and will double-check the pressures with our own gauge at the office.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor