Feeling The Pressure

Cars these days seem to have enough technology on board to fly a rocket to the moon. It’s all very well, but when it goes wrong or worse, the driver misunderstands what the flashing light means, trouble soon follows.

Tyre Pressure Warning
Tyre Pressure Warning

Rain

We’ve had a lot of rain just recently in the U.K. On a journey back from London to Wales, the rain came down and you’d be forgiven for thinking we were in the monsoon season in Asia. It was late evening, the end of a very long day and I just wanted to get home. Somewhere along the way, we would have to stop and fill up with petrol. I can’t remember which motorway services we pulled into, but it was somewhere on the M40. It was a chance to get a cup of coffee and a sandwich too. It’s quite remarkable how much better you feel after a stop and refreshments.

Hit The M40

Around a half hour or so, we set off back along the M40, the rain still coming down by the bucket full. Just as I got going and reached the point of no return on the motorway, a warning light came on saying that one of the rear wheels had low tyre pressure. It hadn’t lost much, but was worrying and what made it worse was that the next service station wasn’t for another 50 miles. I mentioned it to the wife who said, “Oh dear…” and went back to sleep! So I drove the next 50 miles at no more than 50 MPH, staying on the inside line.

Feeling Flat

It was a long, long time till we arrived at the next service station which was on the M5. Driving up the slip road to the garage and the air machine, I pulled up and gave all the wheels a quick look over. They looked fine, I couldn’t see any flat tyres! So I put my £1 in the air compressor, yes a whole £1 and in the pouring rain added air to the nearside rear tyre. The rain was so heavy, I didn’t mess about with blowing up the other tyres. Back inside the car, I started the engine and thankfully no pressure warning light. All was good and off we set.

And Again

Pulling onto the M5, once again past the point of no return and the blooming pressure light came on!! The same wheel! Again, it was another 50 miles to the nearest service station which was situated off the motorway in a town called Tenbury Wells. That’s it then, what would normally be a 90 minute journey suddenly became 2 hours and more as I drove at no more than 50 MPH. We arrived at Tenbury, pulled into the garage and forked out another £1!! Ridiculous!! The tyres all looked OK, so I added air again to the one that was showing up on the warning light.

Job Done?

Job done and on our way of the last leg of the journey to our house in Wales. We had only travelled about half a mile when ping, on came the tyre pressure warning light!! By now I had had more than enough and said to the wife that I will continue the last 20 miles home and will check it all out tomorrow when hopefully, the monsoon will have stopped. It had been a long day and all I wanted was my warm bed and leave the trouble of the pinging tyre pressure light behind me.

Silly Me

Bright and early the next morning and there was a respite in the incessant downpour. First job of the day was to check those damn tyres. A quick check over stilled showed nothing really to worry about, so I set off for the local garage with my £1 in pocket. When I re-checked the pressure warning light, it suddenly dawned on me that at the motorway services and in Tenbury, I had been putting air in the nearside rear tyre when in fact, it was the offside rear tyre that was causing the problems. How stupid am I? I was tired and with all the rain, that was my excuse. Anyway, a quick blow of air in the right tyre and the light went off and hasn’t been on since!!

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22 Comments
  • Lolsy's Library
    February 25, 2020

    Or the windows wont go down!

    • Trev
      February 25, 2020

      Thank you, Lolsy, I haven’t had that misfortune yet. 😊

  • Bryntin
    February 25, 2020

    Oh dear, driving in driving rain and under pressure about your pressures!
    My car isn’t quite as clever yours, although with it being one of the hybrid ones there’s a load of very complicated stuff going on under there somewhere… I’m sure most of my blissful ignorance about it all is sometimes less stressful!

    • Trev
      February 25, 2020

      Thank you, Bryntin. I never knew there were such things as tyre pressure indicators until the light came on. Sometimes, there’s too much information 😊

  • SueW
    February 25, 2020

    My tyre pressure light came on when I was close to the Toyota dealership where I’d bought the car, so, not knowing what the light meant I called in. “That’s your tyre pressure, we’ll sort it for you” Turned out the pressure was fine, and the young man allocated to me told me that the pressure light sometimes comes on when the tyres are cold! That is definitely a new one on me!

    • Trev
      February 25, 2020

      Thank you, Sue. I’m sure he’s right and also any extra passengers and luggage must have an affect.

  • Yetismith
    February 25, 2020

    Life seemed way less dramatic before it was made so sophisticated. I used to travel that route quite often, years ago, but only as far as Salisbury (Devizes actually) T’was not much fun in bad weather!

    • Trev
      February 25, 2020

      Thank you, Yeti. Indeed, it used to be great driving a car and knowing it would get you from a to b whatever was thrown at it. You’re right about the route too especially in bad weather.

  • librepaley
    February 25, 2020

    Someone in Wales thinks it’s wet – eeks, it’s bad!

    • Trev
      February 25, 2020

      Indeed it is wet. 🙂

  • The Hinoeuma
    February 25, 2020

    And, sometimes you have a bad sensor. My 2008 Nissan Frontier continually tells me that my left, front tire is low on air…despite routine tire rotation and air checks. I’ve grown rather fond if my bright orange exclamation point in my dashboard. 🙄😊

    • Trev
      February 25, 2020

      Thank you, Chris, I did wonder if I had a fault as I couldn’t really notice any difference in the tyres. However, it has stayed off since I put extra air in. 🙂

  • gianmarco groppelli, *J&J*
    February 26, 2020

    👍👍 have a lovely day my friend

  • Invisibly Me
    February 26, 2020

    D’oh!
    I don’t have these high-tech gadgets in my car, I’ll only know when there’s low pressure pressure after I notice the car height has dropped a few inches.

    • Trev
      February 26, 2020

      I didn’t know I had them fitted until the light came on. To be honest, they’re more trouble than they’re worth. Thank you, Caz.

  • susiesopinions
    February 26, 2020

    That’s similar to the rain we have just had here in Florida. I do all the driving now, and the dark gray sky, combined with the torrential rain, meant I couldn’t see the traffic lights, or the lane lines. Luckily I am used to it now.

    • Trev
      February 26, 2020

      Take care, Susie, it’s never nice driving in conditions like that.

  • Big Bad Baker Blöke
    February 28, 2020

    I smiled whilst reading your post – my routine used to be wait until the steering is SO heavy that you can’t turn the wheel at 10mph, then inflate. And somehow I’m still here👍💨

    • Trev
      February 29, 2020

      Thank you and thank you for the tip. 🙂

  • parneetsachdev
    June 7, 2020

    Interesting Trev. 😊

    • Trev
      June 7, 2020

      Thank you Parneet 😊

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