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All New Nissans to Get Easy-Fill Tire Alert System

Skip the gauge.

by on Jun.07, 2012

A customer reinflates a tire on the 2013 Nissan Altima using the Easy-Fill system.

Nissan will offer its new Easy-Fill Tire Alert system on all new and updated models as they come to market starting next year.

The system — which will debut on the 2013 Nissan Altima when it goes on sale in the coming weeks – is designed to not only alert a motorist when a tire is underinflated but also to make it easier to fill it back up.

Federal rules already require the use of a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS, on all vehicles.  But most makers have opted for a low-cost version that flashes a warning when one of the vehicle’s tires is low.  It’s then up to the motorist to figure out which one and then re-inflate it.

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More advanced TPMS technology – typically offered on higher-end vehicles – will show a driver which individual tire is underinflated.  But that still requires a motorist to use a special tire gauge to ensure proper inflation, a sometimes frustrating trial-and-error process.

With the launch of the 2013 Altima, Nissan introduces a simpler system that not only tracks the precise inflation at each of a vehicle’s individual wheels but also permits a driver to fill a low or flat tire without a gauge.


Improve Your Car’s Comfort, Performance, Safety and Mileage in One Simple Step.

Your tires deserve more respect.

by on Jun.07, 2010

Whether you're a Formula One racer or a Soccer Mom, you need to take care of your tires.

It’s not very often you can improve the comfort, performance, safety and fuel economy of your automobile in one simple step.  Yet all it takes is making sure your tires are properly inflated.

Tires are the most under-rated part of your car, truck or crossover, and studies show they’re also, typically, underinflated.  Yet a tire that’s low on pressure is likely to impact almost every impact of the way your car behaves – which is why motorists might use National Tire Month as reason to make sure those black donuts are both properly inflated and in good shape.

A tire that’s low on pressure not likely to deliver the comfort designed into your car.  But it is likely to wear out faster – and even increase the risk of a blow-out.  It can be slower to accelerate and take longer to stop.

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Then there’s fuel economy. On average, a tire consumes about 20% of the energy used to move your vehicle forward.  Improperly inflated, they can reduce your fuel economy by 10% or more.  The Department of Transportation estimates that 5 million gallons of fuel are wasted every day due to under-inflated tires.  For the average motorist that can translate into an extra $150 or more in extra fuel costs each year.