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Adjust Your Tire Pressure for Winter

It has been unseasonably warm, but some of us are getting an Arctic blast this week. Your TPM might go off, if you haven't checked them for awhile.

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Good point! I know most people don't check their tire pressure regularly, or even at all. But the difference in pressure from a 90 degree day to a 25 degree day can set off the warning. Especially if the pressures are a little low to begin with.

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Good point indeed. My other car Owner's Manual has this statement:

In accordance with physical principles, the air
pressure changes as the temperature changes.
The tire pressure increases or decreases by
around 1.5 psi (0.1 bar) for every 18 °F (10 °C)
change in temperature.

Car has the "traditional" TPM system with sensors in each tire.
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My wife's Fiesta looked low over the weekend, checked and the front tires were 27PSI!

Good reminder for all

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Now I thought this would be an easy one.
My winter bicycle tires that have carbide studs show psi 45-65 summer, 30-45 winter.
So my assumption was best to reduce your psi in the winter, to increase the area with traction.

But after googling a little, it seems it's not a well established rule, and some people recommend either way.

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...-for-Icy-Roads

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/articl...on-1202619.php

Interesting, I simply allow the natural lowering of temp to decrease my pressure, to get a little extra traction.
But now I'm not so sure.


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Just as a comparison, on my Jetta which I don't drive all that much, we got a cold snap here in Colorado and when I did go drive it, the TPMS sensor went off. I checked the PSI and all 4 tires were at 26psi when they are normally at 36psi.

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Now I thought this would be an easy one.
My winter bicycle tires that have carbide studs show psi 45-65 summer, 30-45 winter.
So my assumption was best to reduce your psi in the winter, to increase the area with traction.

But after googling a little, it seems it's not a well established rule, and some people recommend either way.

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...-for-Icy-Roads

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/articl...on-1202619.php

Interesting, I simply allow the natural lowering of temp to decrease my pressure, to get a little extra traction.
But now I'm not so sure.
I'll admit to not reading the links you posted, but my assumption has always been this:
-Ice: lower pressure to get more surface area
-Snow: higher pressure to cut through the snow and find hard ground below

Although on my mountain bike I've always gone "lower is better" for grip in any situation. Maybe I should try high pressure in deep mud to see if they cut through.

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Tyre pressures adjustable at the touch of a selector button would be ideal. Higher for rain and snow to penetrate to the surface below, softer for very high temperatures to avoid excessive pressure buildup and also for mud, sand and ice to spread the load for better grip. If only!
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