Our local Toyota dealer often runs specials on oil changes, with the next one free, so for the past three years that’s where I’ve been going. (Changing the filter on the newer – 2011 Venza, anyway – cars is way too hard. Not a simple canister like before.)
The dealer changes the oil, looks for other things to sell me (no problem, that’s why the oil changes are cheap), and we’re both happy campers.
Included with the oil change is to set the tire pressure. I wish it wasn’t, and some times I remember to say not to do it, because my tires never lose more than a pound or two through the seasons. When I need to, I add air in my garage.
The service ticket on yesterday’s oil change showed the tire pressure had been checked and set to 38 psi all around.
This morning, while the tires were still cold, I checked them. 36, 36.5, 36.5 and 37. Looks like the tires really were set to 38.
But the sticker on the door jamb says the tires should be set to 32 psi all around.
Yes, I could get back to the Service Department manager, but what would he tell me that I’d agree with? Or even believe? It’s easier for me to just release some air from the tires.
But I’m curious. How can something as simple as setting the right tire pressure be a challenge for a dealership’s service department?
What am I missing?