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Old 07-23-2015, 02:08 AM   #21
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Did you check the spare tire assuming it's full size? The light came on one of our vehicles and all running tires were the same pressure. I then thought to check the spare and it was low. After filling it, the light went off after a short drive.


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I guess I'm in the minority here. Have had the sensors come on a few times and although I thought they might be in error, in each case they were going off due to slow leaks.
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I guess I'm in the minority here. Have had the sensors come on a few times and although I thought they might be in error, in each case they were going off due to slow leaks.
Worked for me too. We only have them on one car, the light activated right during a quick drop in temperature, and the tires looked normal, so I thought it was false alarm. I checked, and one was a little low. Next AM, it was definitely low, and I found a nail in it.

It would be interesting if there was any actual cost/benefit analysis, and if other changes would have a better bang/$.

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Mine has been on for years, I just ignore it.
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They help much of the population that doesn't pay attention to maintenance. I think they saved lives.

DW had a nail in a tire and probably would have let it run flat. The early warning was good for her.

And about that tape... You guys are all retired and have time, right? The CORRECT solution is to take your dashboard apart and put the tape BEHIND the plastic/glass. This is much cleaner. You might be tempted to just pull out the bulb, or snip it off the PCB, but this may cause the computer to freak out, so don't do that.
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They help much of the population that doesn't pay attention to maintenance. I think they saved lives.

DW had a nail in a tire and probably would have let it run flat. The early warning was good for her.

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I think the TPMS is useful even for those that do pay attention to maintenance.
Even though I check the pressure on a monthly basis, the one other time the light came on was with a nail in the tire. I doubt that I would have noticed except for that light unless by coincidence the monthly schedule called for a check the next day.
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