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AutoMeter Tire Pressure Gauges: Tools of the Trade

Precision Pressure Gauges from AutoMeter

Apr 5, 2017
Photographers: Jason Gonderman
One of the most important and often overlooked aspects of truck and trailer maintenance is tire pressure. Simple as it may seem, most people unassumingly hop into their trucks and roll on down the road. We could theorize about why this is until the proverbial cows come home, but our top two theories revolve around ignorance or indifference and the lack of a proper tool.
We’ve had them for decades—you know, the traditional stick-style tire pressure gauges. While they work OK, they can sometimes be difficult to read, inaccurate, and easily misplaced. Other types exist, often found on the impulse rack of the local parts shop, but suffer the same. So what is a person to do who’s in the market for an accurate, high-quality tire pressure gauge? AutoMeter has the answer.
Photo 2/8   |   For those of us with load range E tires, the 0-100-psi gauge is the way to go. With a low cost of entry, it would be smart to toss one in every truck and trailer box.
AutoMeter, the company synonymous with automotive gauges, has finally broken down and produced what we’ve craved for so long. Available in 0-15-, 0-30-, 0-40-, 0-60-, and 0-100-psi configurations (for those of us with E-rated tires), the company’s new gauge line runs the gamut of consumer needs. The gauges arrive in a nifty protective case, which proves convenient for storage when not in use. A large, 2.25-inch dial face makes for easy reading, and the 13.75-inch braided stainless steel line gives plenty of flexibility for those hard-to-reach valve stems. The gauge housing is wrapped in a shock-damping rubber cover, which also provides a non-slip surface for gripping in adverse conditions.
During the course of our testing, we found the best feature of the gauge to be the fact that a pressure reading remains on the dial until the release button on the side of the housing is pressed. This allows for a reading to be taken in a hard-to-reach or awkward position and then viewed away from the tire. As simple as it sounds, it’s quite a handy feature. AutoMeter claims the gauge is accurate to within 2.5 percent, making it perfect for both daily use and weekend racing, if that’s your sort of thing.
While it may seem simple, a quality tire pressure gauge is something that should be in every truck’s glovebox, and drivers need to learn to be diligent in checking tire pressure regularly. Incorrect pressure, high or low, is the leading source of premature tire wear and failure and can cause a noticeable decrease in fuel economy. Thanks to AutoMeter, we now have a lifetime-lasting gauge we can be proud to own.
Photo 3/8   |   Want something a bit fancier than AutoMeter’s standard white racing-inspired gauge face? Then you’re in luck. The company also offers its tire pressure gauges with licensed Hoonigan face designs, with other designs possible in the future.

Specifications

Model: 0-15 psi #2159, 0-40 psi #2162, 0-60 psi #2160, 0-100 psi #2164
MSRP: $30.95
Accuracy: 2.5 percent
Weight: 1 pound
Face: 2.25 inches
Hose: 13.75 inches
Photo 4/8   |   Autometer Tire Pressure Gauges

Sources

Auto Meter
Sycamore, IL 60178
866-248-6356
www.autometer.com

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