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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-20-2010, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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can cold weather deflate a tire?

my left front tire is looking very low, and I'm wondering if cold weather can have an effect on low presure tires? I only did have 6 psi in them, and even at that they always did look a little flat.

and if I did run over a nail or ever do run over one. are inner tubes avalable for ATV tires?
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Ha! I took a quick ride Sunday and was on a gravel road and noticed some sway and I thought it was the gravel. Well, I was playing around on a river beach and still noticed a soft sway conditioned. So, I glanced at the tires and yep, my left front tire looked low. I never checked them before I left. I did cross the river, so I thought maybe hit something there. Got home and it had about 2 - 3 lbs pressure. The other tires were just under 5 lbs. I just got my Sprortsman 400 about a month ago and it has been pretty cold.
Monday, I cleaned and examined the tire and didn't see anything and it appears to be holding up. Could even be the valve stem leaking? If it keeps on I will shoot some slime in it.


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yes, temperature affects pressure.
yes, inner tubes are available for atv wheels.

i check my tire pressure at least once a week. Right now I am running 3-4psi in my tires. (gonna get some snow tonight)
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cool thanks.

I probably should check that more often then, my last ATV had high presure tires "32psi" so I never really had to check them.
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you want to make sure your pressure gauge reads accurately at low psi, many of the cheapie ones people toss in the glove box of their cars and trucks are not very accurate at all under 10psi. this is the one i have, it's one of the cheaper low pressure ones but it works fine for me.

http://www.amazon.com/Slime-20096-Pressure-Dial-Gauge/dp/B0020SYY3O
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also, what kind of atv tires run at 32psi? all the ones ive used you just inflate them that high to seal the bead, then bring down to around 6 or so. except the john deere gator, i think those may be around 26psi or so.... carsile 489's i think.
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I have a low presure guage, it came with the Magnums tool kit.

they may have been aftermarket tires or something. I don't have them anymore so I can't check, but they did say 32psi max on the side and they where very firm unlike the Magnums soft squishy tires and 6psi maximum. they where from a 1999 Arctic Cat 400 but i don't think they where stock.
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Well, just got back from Cabelas and bought the Slime low pressure gage and it won't even pick up a reading. The cheap gage the dealer gave me when I bought the machine reads 5lbs. I also checked it with a floor pump I have and it reads 5lbs. So, kind of dissappointed.


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Well, just got back from Cabelas and bought the Slime low pressure gage and it won't even pick up a reading. The cheap gage the dealer gave me when I bought the machine reads 5lbs. I also checked it with a floor pump I have and it reads 5lbs. So, kind of dissappointed.
ouch, i'd take it back. mine does the opposite, reads when other gauges wont.
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tire pressure can change up tp 1 psi for every 10 degree change in air temp. that is where the old saying comes from winter and summer air in your tires.

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