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I took my 2010 Civic to the mechanic. He indicated that the tire pressure is low, and suggested rotating my tires as a fix.

I thought tire pressure is already pre-specified and should be at a specific value (eg. 32PSI, which is what's indicated inside the front door). Assuming they do re-pump it to the target pressure:

  • Is there anything specific about low tire pressure that necessitates rotating it?
  • Since Civics have a low-tire-pressure indicator, is this something that can only be done at a mechanic?

NB: this mechanic is known for recommending changes that may not be necessary, and pressuring buyers into saying "yes."

  • I don't know which years this covers with Honda TPMS, but you may want to look at this video. It left me wondering why Honda has to make things so difficult sometimes, lol. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 21 '15 at 20:44
  • @Paulster2 that's for accords (not civics), and 2011-2015 are the 9th generation -- 2006-2010 are the 8th generation, so I doubt if it applies. – ashes999 Apr 21 '15 at 20:45
  • I didn't know which years applied to what, but thought I'd throw it out there. As per your question, it doesn't make any sense to me rotating tires to fix a low pressure issue. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 21 '15 at 21:44
  • @Paulster2 please use answers to answer questions (instead of comments). – ashes999 Apr 21 '15 at 21:47
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    The problem is, I don't have an answer for you. I have guesses, but no answers, thus the comments. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 21 '15 at 22:20
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Rotating your tyres won't fix a low pressure, you have to pump them up for that! I can't see any reason why rotating them would help with a persistent pressure loss (slow puncture) either - the only fix for that is to remove the culprit tyre, clean the rim and re-mount it.

It might, however, be that they are due for rotation anyway?

If your mechanic is known for pressuring customers into paying for unnecessary changes, I'd suggest getting a new, more trustworthy, mechanic...

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Stop going to that mechanic IMMEDIATELY. He's telling half-truths (which is how communists come to power).

Tyre rotation has nothing to do with tyre pressures. Your tyres lose pressure because they either have a slow leak, or you like driving fast over bumps. Rotating them will only make the problem appear on another wheel.

You can reinflate your tyres while you're filling up at a gas station.

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    Hitler? Seriously? Perhaps an edit to remove the parenthetical? – Bob Cross Apr 22 '15 at 16:24
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    communists? more like all politicians. – matt Nov 7 '17 at 15:48
  • All politicians are communists. – Captain Kenpachi Nov 8 '17 at 10:17

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