Mandatory Tire Pressure Check and Inflate Service

By Jim Taddei - September 10th 2010

New California Law Aims to Save Fuel and Tires

On September 1, 2010, a new law was enacted in California that is expected to save 75 million gallons of gasoline and 700,000 tires each year.

It as simple as keeping your car or truck tires inflated to the correct pressures.

The law requires all automotive service providers in the state of California to set and document tire pressures on all vehicles written up for service, no matter what type of service is performed. Tire pressures will be set according to published pressure specifications for each vehicle serviced. This is known as the "Tire Pressure Check and Inflate Service."

Here are some things vehicle owners should look out for:

  • If you have your tires inflated with nitrogen, you should be aware that most service locations do not have access to the equipment necessary to inflate them, so ordinary air would be used to increase the pressure up to specification. If the servicing facility does not have a nitrogen inflation system, you are permitted to refuse the check and inflate service.
  • If you have aftermarket wheels and/or tires that require a pressure different from the one recommended by the factory, the check and inflate service will reset your tire pressures to the factory specifications for your vehicle.

A customer may decline the Tire Pressure Check and Inflate Service if the customer affirms one of the following:

  • A tire pressure check and inflate has been done within the last 30 days
  • The service will be performed within the next 7 days

The customer may perform this service.

The idea behind the Tire Pressure Check and Inflate Service is that a large number of vehicles on our roads have under inflated tires and getting those tire pressures up to specification will save fuel and promote longer tire life. The check and inflate service is one of the “early actions” included in the 2006 California Global Warming Solutions Act, which includes forty-four different strategies to try to combat global warming.


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