Is There A Better Way? Part 1

AIR PUMPS AT GAS STATIONS
A few months ago, I blogged about the Tire Pressure Monitoring System or TPMS. Many new cars have this technology which I think is a step in the right direction but what’s the best approach if the TPMS light appears? Mind you, the TPMS system doesn’t tell you which tires need air. Consequently, you’ll check all 4 tires to ensure you’re in compliance. My thinking is before inserting quarters in a tire gauge, measure all tires’ air pressure to help know which tire(s) to address.

 

Tire Pressure Management System

I played it safe and added air to all 4 tires to ensure there’s more than enough tire pressure – I slowly allow a little air to escape from each tire trying to exactly meet the 35 PSI on all 4. Unfortunately, this did not eliminate the warning signal. At this point, I suspect this issue pertains to the TPMS warning system and not the analog air pump. Time to drive to the Toyota Dealership for review.

While I tried to inflate the tires properly, a few thoughts came to mind:

1. The air pumps are still analog. Not sure why they can’t be digital as an upgraded system could simplify the process making it more precise. I can’t speak about other areas of the country but these analog gauges are common in the Chicago area.
2. Why not have a pause button on the air pump? They have a pause button on my DVD player, DVR, various media players and smart phones, why not a pause option on the air pump? I’m only half serious suggesting it but it’s an interesting idea.
 

3. Obviously the pause button is the ideal although a timer might be useful. If the air pump runs for 160 seconds, why not give me an idea how much time I have left. Then I have a guide on how much time to spend on each tire maybe no more than 35-40 seconds on each tire. A timer would be a “nice to have” item. I’d really like to see the digital gauge and timer to the air pump. These two items would be a great service addition many gas stations could provide to help make them more customer centric.

One last thought
It’s important the area is well lit. Being in the Midwest in November or December, you need the ability to see on gloomy or cloudy evenings when visibility is an issue.
 

Tire Pressure Management System

I played it safe and added air to all 4 tires to ensure there’s more than enough tire pressure – I slowly allow a little air to escape from each tire trying to exactly meet the 35 PSI on all 4. Unfortunately, this did not eliminate the warning signal. At this point, I suspect this issue pertains to the TPMS warning system and not the analog air pump. Time to drive to the Toyota Dealership for review.

While I tried to inflate the tires properly, a few thoughts came to mind:

1. The air pumps are still analog. Not sure why they can’t be digital as an upgraded system could simplify the process making it more precise. I can’t speak about other areas of the country but these analog gauges are common in the Chicago area.
2. Why not have a pause button on the air pump? They have a pause button on my DVD player, DVR, various media players and smart phones, why not a pause option on the air pump? I’m only half serious suggesting it but it’s an interesting idea.
 

3. Obviously the pause button is the ideal although a timer might be useful. If the air pump runs for 160 seconds, why not give me an idea how much time I have left. Then I have a guide on how much time to spend on each tire maybe no more than 35-40 seconds on each tire. A timer would be a “nice to have” item. I’d really like to see the digital gauge and timer to the air pump. These two items would be a great service addition many gas stations could provide to help make them more customer centric.

One last thought
It’s important the area is well lit. Being in the Midwest in November or December, you need the ability to see on gloomy or cloudy evenings when visibility is an issue.
 

Kevin Schwarm

I have over 25 years of professional experience in business, information technology (IT), and customer service. Industry experience in retail, medical insurance, higher education, non-profit, financial services, and property and casualty insurance. Customer focused professional interested in providing value (save time, money and aggravation) by evaluating and analyzing information, services and products with a unique perspective.

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