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Re: Put some air in those tires!

Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 11:31 pm
by LEAFer
DarkStar wrote:Unfortunately after two alignments that didn't result in any changes, I changed the tire store and oddly that solved the issue. :D
Did you stay with the same BRAND OF TIRE ? (if so ... VERY odd ... what could a store be doing "wrong" ?)

Re: Put some air in those tires!

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 8:49 am
by garygid
Incorrect allignments?

Re: Put some air in those tires!

Posted: Sun May 15, 2011 10:58 am
by DarkStar
LEAFer wrote:
DarkStar wrote:Unfortunately after two alignments that didn't result in any changes, I changed the tire store and oddly that solved the issue. :D
Did you stay with the same BRAND OF TIRE ? (if so ... VERY odd ... what could a store be doing "wrong" ?)
No, I switched from Les Schwab to America's Tire Co. I picked up new tires from them (which cost a little more, but not much) and had an alignment done. Report stated that no adjustment was necessary.

Unfortunately this was 2.5 years ago and I don't have the vehicle anymore or know what I had installed.

Re: Put some air in those tires!

Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 12:52 pm
by OhmPah
Some anecdotal evidence on the effect of tire pressure:

We have a camper-van that we use for vacations. I purchased new tires for it and for some insane reason, they pumped up the tires the the maximum pressure on the sidewall. I should have checked the pressures myself, but I was in a hurry to get going. It drove just fine around town, but it became terrifying in a crosswind on the highway. Once I set the pressure to the correct values per the manufacturer's recommendations, the cross-wind problem went away. Now I know this is a full size van and not a Leaf, but it was a lesson to me. If the higher tire pressures result in any loss of performance (stability or breaking), its not worth, at least to me, the extra advantage that would be gained in efficiency.

Re: Put some air in those tires!

Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 2:30 pm
by TEG
Speaking of crosswinds: I got hit by a sideways gust the other day on the freeway and the car pulled towards the next lane more than I can recall experiencing in previous vehicles. I don't know if it was a freak/powerful gust, or if the Leaf is a bit prone towards crosswind effects.
The Leaf is a rather tall vehicle (for a compact sedan) so I imagine it is somewhat more affected than one might expect. (But still probably less than a typical SUV or Van.)

Re: Put some air in those tires!

Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 2:37 pm
by UhClem
TEG wrote:Speaking of crosswinds: I got hit by a sideways gust the other day on the freeway and the car pulled towards the next lane more than I can recall experiencing in previous vehicles. I don't know if it was a freak/powerful gust, or if the Leaf is a bit prone towards crosswind effects.
I've noticed this in the Prius. Like the LEAF, the Prius has a low Cd head on, but not so much sideways :D

Re: Put some air in those tires!

Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 3:33 pm
by DaveinOlyWA
The Prius has definite crosswind issues, but on the Leaf i have not noticed it but have felt gusts. the lower center of gravity helps

Re: Put some air in those tires!

Posted: Mon May 23, 2011 5:26 pm
by ecoobsessive
My dealer put Nitrogen in the tires and I'm guessing that's a good thing. Any thoughts about that?

Re: Put some air in those tires!

Posted: Mon May 23, 2011 5:44 pm
by blorg
ecoobsessive wrote:My dealer put Nitrogen in the tires and I'm guessing that's a good thing. Any thoughts about that?
I put nitrogen in my tires as well. At a blend of about 80% ;) I get that for free with my own air compressor. Hopefully your dealer isn't charging extra for that service.

Re: Put some air in those tires!

Posted: Mon May 23, 2011 6:31 pm
by TEG
ecoobsessive wrote:My dealer put Nitrogen in the tires and I'm guessing that's a good thing. Any thoughts about that?
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/rea ... ead-of-air
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