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    Myths and Facts

    Myth or Fact: The pressure listed on the tire sidewall indicates the recommended pressure?

    Myth or Fact: Tire pressure does not need to be regularly checked for vehicles equipped with TPMS?

    When it comes to tires, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Check out our write-up linked below where we dismiss some of the common myths surrounding tires and tire safety.




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    Good info. Thanks for sharing.
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    Good info. I alway thought it was funny seeing people kick their tires to see if they were OK. There is NO way that tells you anything other than you're ready to go. "Lets kick the tires and light the fires" :P

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    Never did get the kicking of the tires.. although, I must admit, I do it from time to time cause it looks like fun


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    Now I'm curious to know where kicking the tires originated

    Perhaps it's the same premise as checking a pressure with a tire "thumper".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Discount Tire View Post
    Now I'm curious to know where kicking the tires originated

    Perhaps it's the same premise as checking a pressure with a tire "thumper".
    You’re on the right track. Old school truck drivers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Discount Tire View Post
    Now I'm curious to know where kicking the tires originated

    Perhaps it's the same premise as checking a pressure with a tire "thumper".
    I think kicking or thumping the tires came from the trucking world. Checking the pressure on 18 tires (8 sets of duals) is a pain and is done on the daily pre trip. If you stop for fuel a quick walk around and smacking the tires with a stick or mallet is an easy way to identify a flat tire. Actually found a flat inner dual on my engine that way and it was with my hand.

    Edit: Didn't see A.J.'s post...haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by jesse3638 View Post
    I think kicking or thumping the tires came from the trucking world. Checking the pressure on 18 tires (8 sets of duals) is a pain and is done on the daily pre trip. If you stop for fuel a quick walk around and smacking the tires with a stick or mallet is an easy way to identify a flat tire. Actually found a flat inner dual on my engine that way and it was with my hand.

    Edit: Didn't see A.J.'s post...haha
    Good thing you found the flat before it caused and damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A.J. View Post
    You’re on the right track. Old school truck drivers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jesse3638 View Post
    I think kicking or thumping the tires came from the trucking world. Checking the pressure on 18 tires (8 sets of duals) is a pain and is done on the daily pre trip. If you stop for fuel a quick walk around and smacking the tires with a stick or mallet is an easy way to identify a flat tire. Actually found a flat inner dual on my engine that way and it was with my hand.

    Edit: Didn't see A.J.'s post...haha
    Agreed, though you wouldn't think kicking a tire would yield a recognizable "sound" that's produced like when using a thumper on a semi tire.
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    Thumpers only work on duels. If the inner duel is flat it’s hard to see from the top unless it’s separated from the bead.

    Kicking tires refers to prospective car buyers looking to beat down the price.


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