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Goodyear wants to pump you up

Posted by: Mark Bilek

In these uncertain times everyone is trying to stretch their dollar. If I were to tell you how to save 12 cents per gallon each fill up would you start listening? I bet so. At today's prices that's how much you'd pocket by maintaining the proper inflation pressure in your tires.

But checking your tires each time you fill up is tiresome. That's why the federal government mandated tire-pressure monitoring systems on all new vehicles--yet another idiot light for dispassionate drivers.  But tire-pressure monitors don't illuminate until one tire is more than 25% below its recommended pressure and it won't pump that tire back up to pressure.

Goodyear wants to change all that. In a press release dated today, the Akron-based tire manufacturer says they are working on a system that will maintain the proper tire pressure automatically. Designed to enable tires to remain inflated at the optimum pressure without the need for any external pumps or electronics, all components of the including the miniaturized air pump, will be fully contained within the tire.

Goodyear did not provide an estimate as to when this technology would be available at tire retailers, but said the timetable would be accelerated due to recent government research grants in United States and European Union.

Read the press release here:

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