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October 2, 2013

An app to check your car's tire pressure


What took so long?

Wrote reader PT, who sent me news of this app this morning, "The consensus... seems to be that it's 'better than nothing.'"

Caveat pressor.

Free, the way we like it (tires — and car — not included).

[via Lifehacker]

October 2, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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This seems much like visiting the hardware store to ask if they know where you can find some free sticks so you can build a fire outside the kitchen window to see if the toaster is plugged in so you don't waste electricity by turning on a light...and then turning to the matter of obtaining bread.

Posted by: Mike Harney | Oct 3, 2013 6:47:53 PM

Funny that the bending and squatting to take the pic are the same positions for using a tire gauge and/or air hose. And it doesn't really take that long. Still, it's a neat idea.

Posted by: Lorelei | Oct 3, 2013 1:18:09 AM

Instructions they didn't tell you about:

Pockets should be empty of spare change, iPhone, concert tickets.

Make sure knees are clear of pavement.

Neck should not be turned past 90º.

If your bod isn't ergonomically aligned, your lumbar will advise you.

Clothing afterward may not be clean of dirt.

Feeling the pain may take a few hours.

Posted by: Marianne | Oct 2, 2013 11:40:02 PM

I would instinctively be careful about this app. Apparently, the algoritm requires the vehicles type, others even the vehicle's registration number.

I assume the device (Iphone?) utilizes a temperature reading ("Thermometer is the number 1 thermometer application on the AppStore), and pressure varies with temperature. Temperature data could be built-in to the Ipad, phone, etc. and/or accessed via national database (GPS location appropriate. As long as current (or reasonably unchanged) no problem.

Then, tire silhouettes are likely compared to standards matching front and rear tire pressure readings. Satisfactory?

How much extra weight might you have stored in your trunk? In passenger foot wells, or accessories?

What about those tires? Manufacturer's specs or wider, high performance, etc tires?

A tire guage could be at least as quick and better reflect
actual loading and temperature conditions. Just saying...drive safely.

Posted by: Juan Caruso | Oct 2, 2013 9:11:51 PM

It amazes me how we over techno things.

If you are low you have to go to a pump!

So why not have a precision gauge,

pull into an air station, remove the caps,

test them and fill as needed?

And yes, it's hard not to suggest something...

when you have nothing.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Oct 2, 2013 5:00:20 PM

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