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Just a heads-up...<p>I recently took my car in for it's 7500 mile service. I assumed the dealer would check the tire pressure, so I never checked them. <p>Well I checked them today and they were severely underinflated. Three were at 25psi and the front right was at 20psi! NOT GOOD!<p>I filled them to the recommended cold weather 38psi. <p>Just a reminder and warning to keep an eye out on your tire pressure. I read that underinflated tires lead to more problems than overinflated tires. <p>Drive Safe.
 

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Re: Tire Pressure (Theodore Ruxpin)

Yea, a lot of blow-outs come from under-inflation.
 

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Well...as my first post as a newbie card-carrying Volvo driver...I happened to take the car to work today, and fill the tires. All 4 were at 27 psi, they are the 17" Pirelli P6's. I went to 31 psi all around, but still haven't figured out the proper inflation--any hints? (I saw on the fuel door 39 psi <!> but that was for a 16" tire)<p>Wife and I were looking at mini to mid SUV's this fall..didn't like the cheapness, and lack of refinement/value in that genre. I have had a strange fascination with Saab's--and I started looking at used 9-3's. We stopped twice at the dealership and BOTH times we couldn't get a salesman to help us! We decided they were too small with two kids in the back anyway.<p>Volvo is next door--so we walked through the lot. A week later, I stopped again and the sales guy said drive the car home-come back in an hour or two...so I did, and had my wife drive it back.<p>Two weeks later, we are the proud owners (relatively speaking) of a certified 2001 S60 T5 Manual...with basically everything but nav and the 803 system. My wife was not willing to buy a second car with a stick--until she drove the T5....so guess who's driving the 2001 Accord EX stick these days? Only complaint so far is the moonroof "pop" at high speeds, but I went back a few months of posts, and saw similar complaints.<p>Two ?'s: what's the correct tire pressure, and should I switch to synthetic oil?<p>Thanks in advance.
 

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Re: Tire Pressure (homefry)

Welcome! The T5 is a nice ride indeed. IMHO, 31 lbs sounds a little light for your tires. I would take it up to 34-36 lbs if it was my car. Also, I would recommend the switch to synthetic. Synthetic does a better job taking care of the turbo. I use Mobil One but other good ones are Amsoil and Valvoline.
 

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Re: Tire Pressure (Wayne T5)

Hello all. <p>Firstly, regarding tire pressure. Use 39psi, and check it regularly. Recently I develped a slow leak in my rear right tire, and didn't even realize it. I was finding the car to be sluggish etc.... I check the pressure to be under 20psi! I have since check the tire and found a nail, I patched up the tire myself. In any case use 39psi for optimum performance.<p>Secondly, regarding oil, I suggest you go to the the S80 forum of swedespeed.com . We have had a lengthy discussion on oils !!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmilep.gif" BORDER="0"> But I can say, yes use a full synthetic, you will notice the difference immediately!!<br>
 

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Re: Tire Pressure (homefry)

<br><BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Well...as my first post as a newbie card-carrying Volvo driver...I happened to take the car to work today, and fill the tires. All 4 were at 27 psi, they are the 17" Pirelli P6's. I went to 31 psi all around, but still haven't figured out the proper inflation--any hints? (I saw on the fuel door 39 psi <!> but that was for a 16" tire)<p>Wife and I were looking at mini to mid SUV's this fall..didn't like the cheapness, and lack of refinement/value in that genre. I have had a strange fascination with Saab's--and I started looking at used 9-3's. We stopped twice at the dealership and BOTH times we couldn't get a salesman to help us! We decided they were too small with two kids in the back anyway.<p>Volvo is next door--so we walked through the lot. A week later, I stopped again and the sales guy said drive the car home-come back in an hour or two...so I did, and had my wife drive it back.<p>Two weeks later, we are the proud owners (relatively speaking) of a certified 2001 S60 T5 Manual...with basically everything but nav and the 803 system. My wife was not willing to buy a second car with a stick--until she drove the T5....so guess who's driving the 2001 Accord EX stick these days? Only complaint so far is the moonroof "pop" at high speeds, but I went back a few months of posts, and saw similar complaints.<p>Two ?'s: what's the correct tire pressure, and should I switch to synthetic oil?<p>Thanks in advance.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Congrats!!!<p>I have 17" Tethys alloys on my car with the P6 tires. I keep my inflation at 34 psi (above that, the ride is very harsh) and have never had any problems. I have 29,700 miles, the tires are still good for another 7,000 miles and never had a problem with a pothole or whatever. <p>High 30s, psi, is way too much.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: Tire Pressure (GrecianVolvo)

I try to keep my tire pressure at 35 psi after reading a lot of horror stories about bent 17" wheels and potholes.<p>Problem is whenever I bring it in for servicing the techs drop it back down to 30psi again. Got to get it on my file that I want 35psi minimum.<p>Pat
 

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Re: Tire Pressure (Iceman)

I called my tech and he told me to go with the cold weather rating of 38psi as listed on the gas tank door. <p>The car does feel very skittish though...felt like I was driving a different car...25psi compared to 38psi...<p>Anyone have Bridgestone SO3's on their S60 17" rims? If so, what pressure do you like to run? <p>
 

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Re: Tire Pressure (Theodore Ruxpin)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>I called my tech and he told me to go with the cold weather rating of 38psi as listed on the gas tank door. <br><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Running 38psi even in cold weather on 17" rims....that is ridiculous...your teeth/dentures will rattle louder than a rattlesnake's tail.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: Tire Pressure (GrecianVolvo)

Thank you all for the advice---high 30's sounds pretty high...I'll bump them from 31 to 35 tomorrow and see how it goes...<p>Went over to the S80 forum to read about synethics--looks like I'll be changing over in 3-4,000 miles.<p>After reading about everyone's modifications...Now what can I convince my wife into upgrading first? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Tire Pressure (homefry)

Upgrade ECU and exhaust first...you WILL LOVE that. Then, go with Volvo's lowering and roadholding kit.<p>As far as synthetic oil and changing it every 3000 to 4000 miles, is a waste of money and resources...7,500 miles will suffice or every 3,750 if you use regular oil.<p>Yannis
 
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