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Did you increase pressure while tires were warm? (archive)

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Posted by nt - dgm3 on October 06, 2000 at 08:59:13:

In Reply to: Can explain this Phenomenon to me...please! (+) posted by unx bmw on October 06, 2000 at 03:21:52:


I just ordered a new set of tires and rims about a week ago, and have been feeling that the front end wasn't tight enough and that the front tires didn't have enough traction. So, I decided to first try to play with the tire pressures. I decided to start with 36 psi all around.

So, as I drove off I felt the car still feeling somewhat loose and skittish (sp?) and it just didn't feel planted. After a short drive, I went out to dinner, the car sat in the parking lot for about 2-3 hours. Afterwards, when I was driving my car on the way home, the car felt great. Front tires felt really grippy, front-end felt stiff, and the car felt really planted.

Now, what the hell happened? Did the air in the tires compress or something and did I then reach the optimal tire pressure? Seriously, the difference was like night and day. I don't think I have any leaks since the wheel/tire package is about a week old.

Someone please explain, I was thinking about having a major inspection on my front-end because the looseness was pissing me off so much.


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