Checking Tire Pressure - How Do You Do It?

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Code Red NV's Comment
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How do you check your tire pressure; do you thump your tires or use a gauge?

And what do you do if your tire pressure is low? It's not like you can just go to the normal air hose at a gas station. Can you?

I'm just asking because I'm a new driver and I've heard about the upcoming enforcement campaign coming up June 7-9. I want to make sure I'm all set in case I get pulled out for inspection.

2016 International Roadcheck Three-Day Enforcement Campaign to Take Place June 7-9 with Special Emphasis on Tire Safety

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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A tire thumper will tell you if a tire is flat or at least let you know one is really low but if you want to know for sure (which you should) use a tire gauge.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I've been wondering this myself. All my trailer tires have the automatic air pressure thingies that supposedly keep my trailer tires at the correct tire pressure but I still thump all my tires during my pre and post trips.

Which reminds me, I need to check my tires because I NAILED a curb today... Oops...

Errol V.'s Comment
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A tire thumper will tell you if a tire is flat or at least let you know one is really low but if you want to know for sure (which you should) use a tire gauge.

T******* a tire tells most people that the tire is bouncy, and probably is OK.

But if you listen and feel the bounce as you hit the tire, you can get pretty accurate on the lower pressure. I have felt the difference of 10 pounds pressure. But the Officer will use a tire gauge, and even a few pounds off is bad.

I go so far as to use the ball end of a 2 pound ball peen hammer.

Errol V.'s Comment
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T******* a tire tells most people that the tire is bouncy, and probably is OK.

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I'll miss spell the "naughty" word: Thomping, only use a u instead of an o.

Code Red NV's Comment
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even a few pounds off is bad.

So, if you have low air pressure, where to you go for air?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Truck stops. Love's had a program where they will check and fill your tires. I think you can get a few free services.

Get a two-headed the gauge. I found the one that has a "crooked" head on it is better than the straight one.

two-headed tire air pressure gage

You can buy a chuck and hose that clips to your glad hand.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Glad Hand air hose on Amazon. $45.00

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Matt M.'s Comment
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TA/Petros usually have an air hose on the side of their shop. Loves has air hoses in every fuel lane, generally. Not sure about Pilot/J off the top of my head.

Never check mine, tractor has air pressure monitoring system so I can look at them from there. If a trailer tire goes below 90 psi I get a message on the Qualcomm.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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TA/Petros usually have an air hose on the side of their shop. Loves has air hoses in every fuel lane, generally. Not sure about Pilot/J off the top of my head.

Never check mine, tractor has air pressure monitoring system so I can look at them from there. If a trailer tire goes below 90 psi I get a message on the Qualcomm.

Yeah me too...but my left steer always looks low... to the point where one customer pointed it out to me. However the sensor days it is fine and I took it to terminal 3 times and asked and they said it's fine. This is my first blitz..and I have never been stopped by cops or dot.

As far as t*******..you still need to know what to listen for. No one showed me cause we have sensors... but I was told the sensors can pick up the next truck

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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