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Old 06-29-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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Default Am I the only one that thinks TPMS is a joke?

Since all new car comes with Tire pressure monitoring system now what do you guys think? I hear you can't even have 2 sets of wheels with these dang thing without needing to have them program everytime? That is very crazy if you ask me. I don't have any problem checking the PSI myself once a month...
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:13 PM   #2
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There's no reason they can't deal with switching tires. The concept itself is great, the execution is moronic.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:14 PM   #3
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It's for people who can't deal with using a tire pressure gauge once a week. The concept itself is legally-mandated nannyism, and all morons should be executed.
fixed that for ya...
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:25 PM   #4
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The concept is great only when the execution includes a separate read-out for each corner, which is lacking in most systems.

Systems where it simply outputs a warning when one corner is "low" without indicating which tire is tripping the system is ill-conceived. Couple that with the fact that many systems are so poorly calibrated as to trip the system far too easily (e.g. overnight cooling) when the difference is a mere 3 or 4 psi, and the low reading is still within spec.

And don't get me started about systems that don't automatically reset upon inflation--a common occurrence for many years in many of the systems. Nissan seems to be one of the worst offenders, Mercedes-Benz is one of the best.

TPMS were inevitable thanks to the general motoring public's general lack of any clue when it comes to driving and vehicle maintenance.
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:54 PM   #5
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If I elect not to install TPMS senders on my 2nd set of recently acquired winter wheels will I have an alarm indication to stare at all winter?
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:01 PM   #6
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If I elect not to install TPMS senders on my 2nd set of recently acquired winter wheels will I have an alarm indication to stare at all winter?
Yes, your car will suddenly engulf in flames within 3 miles and insurance won't cover you. You better stimulate ze economy and buy yourself another set of sensors.
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:05 AM   #7
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Helpful response, thanks
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:54 AM   #8
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Thank the Ford Exploder for TPMS that was the reason the goverment stepped in.
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:49 PM   #9
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If I elect not to install TPMS senders on my 2nd set of recently acquired winter wheels will I have an alarm indication to stare at all winter?
Yup, if you don't have TPMS on your winter rims you'll have to stare at the TPMS light on your dash. You could either disregard it or just cover it with some electrical tape.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:56 PM   #10
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:41 PM   #11
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Thank the Ford Exploder for TPMS that was the reason the goverment stepped in.

Ba----bingo. Well that and the ever increasing need for people not to be held accountable for their own stupidity.


If the car had told me my tire was flat, I wouldn't have rolled over.
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:15 PM   #12
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after unsuccessfully trying to get a lady's attention on the highway to tell her that her lexus' rear right tire looked like it was about to go flat, I say most people need these nannies to save them and others near them from their own stupidity.

I am all for making TPMS an option and not a standard feature on cars, especially since like most of you that have already voiced their opinion, do check their tires every once in a while...
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:59 PM   #13
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after unsuccessfully trying to get a lady's attention on the highway to tell her that her lexus' rear right tire looked like it was about to go flat, I say most people need these nannies to save them and others near them from their own stupidity.

I am all for making TPMS an option and not a standard feature on cars, especially since like most of you that have already voiced their opinion, do check their tires every once in a while...
Truth be told, I never check my tire pressure. The sensor fluctuated through the winter, but that was chalked up to temp change. Just last week, it was on and since I was in the area, I had the dealer check the pressure. Turned out there was a small nail that they just patched for me. So TPMS warned me when I never would have even looked.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:06 PM   #14
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I rented a Cobalt with TPMS last weekend. It was kind of cool watching the tire pressures rise as I had some fun on the windy highway I was driving.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:11 PM   #15
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As of now I think its nothing more then something else that can break.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:33 PM   #16
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A guy I know with a new dodge ram was annoyed with the TPMS system because he didn't put them on his new wheels. As a tig welder he built a steel box that holds pressure and puts the sensors in it and feeds it 30whatever psi it takes to shut the thing off. Keeps the box in the truck.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:58 PM   #17
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A guy I know with a new dodge ram was annoyed with the TPMS system because he didn't put them on his new wheels. As a tig welder he built a steel box that holds pressure and puts the sensors in it and feeds it 30whatever psi it takes to shut the thing off. Keeps the box in the truck.
yup, I've seen people use some sealed pvc pipe to accomplish the same thing as well...
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Old 07-02-2009, 02:02 PM   #18
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I plan on installing one in my car.... but only for track tires so I can fine tune the pressures to adjust handling balance. Obviously I'll be purchasing one with a display that tells me the pressure at each corner.

I'm glad I got a car before they made this crap mandatory. That and electronic stability control... what garbage.
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Old 07-02-2009, 02:13 PM   #19
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TPMS is a huge waste of time. the only thing it really helps is to allow inept drivers who have no idea about proper vehicle care and safe driving conditions to opperate a vehicle with more negligence. all the TPMS does is allow for more negligence to accur on a regular basis.
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:14 PM   #20
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They only benefit those too braindead/lazy to check tire pressure themselves, they should be a dealer option at best, not gov't mandated.
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:58 PM   #21
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TPMS is a huge waste of time. the only thing it really helps is to allow inept drivers who have no idea about proper vehicle care and safe driving conditions to opperate a vehicle with more negligence. all the TPMS does is allow for more negligence to accur on a regular basis.
unfortunately that's like 90% of the driving population right there. Why do you think appliance on wheels are the best selling cars? (corollas, civics, etc)
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