New Clothes!

[picture: modeling my new clothes]
So my weekend went well! Not only did I relax, I bought new clothes (five new shirts, two new pairs of pants, woo!), got a hair cut and cleaned house. I gots me new air in my tires.
No, really. My tires have new air in them. My front-left was at 30 psi; all the rest were 25. (That explains at least some of the pull-to-the-right my car was exhibiting.) The tires have a maximum pressure rating of 44, so I brought ’em all up to 30. Car buffs: does that sound reasonable? Nothing blew up anyway. 🙂
Now I expected to feel the Altima handle a little differently after getting the extra air. What I didn’t expect was that I would be noticably higher off the ground! Methinks I’ll need to check the tire pressure more often. Note to self: also get the tires rotated. There’s far more tread in the back tires than in the front. Heh. In store for tomorrow is hitting the Nissan dealership at lunch. I want to order in a couple of new sun visors. They’re pretty poorly designed: one tiny little plastic clip breaks, and you’re out $33.
Work went well today too — I’m making some progress at understanding the undocumented codebase I inherited from an employee who left the company before I got there. Yeah.
Tomorrow I meet with my manager to discuss which of the prioritized improvements we’re going to include in our next software release. This will be tricky, since in many cases I have no idea how long a particular task will take. Ah well. We’ll see. Since the release is scheduled to go out relatively soon (mid-November), I’ll be aiming for the “low-hanging fruit” — that is, those tasks which are of large benefit our end-users and are easy to implement.
Anyway. Enough work. How was your Monday?

3 thoughts on “New Clothes!”

  1. Hmm, tire pressure. Usually best to consult the owner’s manual or the sticker that is somewhere inside the car (try the inside of the glovebox). However if you have aftermarket, non-original tires, it may be better to go by what’s written on the tires to be safe.
    I’ve got 32 max PSI tires and usually have them inflated to 28-30 PSI (the important thing is that they are all the same). Best probably to try different pressures and see how the car handles and rides (ie. handles bumps). Braking also will be affected by differnt tire pressures.
    And always adjust your tire pressure with the tires cold. One way to do this is buy yourself a cheap tire pressure gauge, check the pressure at home (do this first thing in the morning so the sun’s heat doesn’t heat up the air in the tires (after all they are black)) and write down how much air to add. Then measure the pressure again at the gas station, to see how much change there was in driving there and adjust the air addition accordingly.
    Or do it the easy way and get a 12 volt air compressor that you can plug into your accessory port (or if you prefer the politically incorrect name: cigarette lighter) and then you don’t have to drive anywhere. Helpful too if you’re on the road and notice you’re low on air.
    Hope this helps, Krishen,
    Marc

  2. Another place some cars hide the ideal pressure is on the edge of driver’s door, The part you can’t see when closed. That’s where mines at.

  3. I keep my tires at 32psi cold, and usually fill them up every 2 weeks when I get gas. Add 4psi (aprox) when tires are warm, after driving a min of one mile.
    I would rather go by the tire rating than the car rating. You should be able to check what psi your tires should be at by seeing if it’s imprinted into the sidewall of the tire, or looking up your brand online.
    To check whether or not you have enough tread left on your tire – stick a penny into the tread. If you can see the top of abe’s head, you need new tires.

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