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Title: Have to vent....
Post by: weazletoe on December 09, 2011, 08:51:20 PM
 I HATE those friggen tire preassure light they put on cars! All they do is freak women out! I swear at least once a month I get a frantic call from Holly, pretty much pulled of the side of the road cause the tire preassue light came on. Seriously, what moron needs a light to tell him the tires are low?Any responsible vehicle owner checks that on the reg. Preassure fluctuates with temperature. Not to mention her Trailblazer has aluminum rims which are know to loose air. I curse GM everyday of my life for those things!!!  >:(

      (rant over)
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: denny on December 09, 2011, 09:03:55 PM
I HATE those friggen tire preassure light they put on cars! All they do is freak women out!

Not to mention her Trailblazer has aluminum rims which are know to loose air. I curse GM everyday of my life for those things!!!  >:(

      (rant over)

Um, Barry.....see the contradiction here?
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Post by: weithman5 on December 09, 2011, 09:08:52 PM
you let holly drive? ;D
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Post by: theDarkSide on December 09, 2011, 09:10:12 PM
There must be a fuse you can pull out, right?
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Post by: a10t2 on December 09, 2011, 09:30:29 PM
Since I just now found out those exist, as a gadget nerd, I have to say that's cool as hell.

I wonder if mine would go off every time I drove to work (3 psi pressure drop).
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Post by: blatz on December 09, 2011, 09:34:39 PM
I wonder if mine would go off every time I drove to work (3 psi pressure drop).

probably would - it got cold overnight the other day (well cold in a relative sense - you guys would probably still wear shorts at 50df) and my wife's light went on that morning, as did several of my coworkers - I drive a '99 so I don't have that fancy technology.
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Post by: bo on December 09, 2011, 09:59:30 PM
I hear you. I don't have any tire pressure lights, but I've got one damned loud seat belt buzzer that I'd like to shoot if I could ever find it.
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Post by: EHall on December 09, 2011, 10:02:41 PM
I believe that became a new 'standard' due to one or more accidents that was blamed on tires... I don't like em either... just another example of over governing...
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Post by: jeffy on December 09, 2011, 10:08:23 PM
I believe that became a new 'standard' due to one or more accidents that was blamed on tires... I don't like em either... just another example of over governing...

I think it's more a fuel efficiency thing that all newer cars have these.
But it's also, as weaze says, another thing to cause panic in the unsuspecting driver.
I wonder how long it will be before some homebrewer harnesses the technology from a remote pressure sensor transmitter....
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Post by: Mark G on December 09, 2011, 11:41:26 PM
I believe that became a new 'standard' due to one or more accidents that was blamed on tires... I don't like em either... just another example of over governing...

I think it's more a fuel efficiency thing that all newer cars have these.
But it's also, as weaze says, another thing to cause panic in the unsuspecting driver.
I wonder how long it will be before some homebrewer harnesses the technology from a remote pressure sensor transmitter....
Now that you brought it up... About 2 days.
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Post by: a10t2 on December 10, 2011, 12:41:30 AM
(well cold in a relative sense - you guys would probably still wear shorts at 50df)

I skied in a t-shirt this morning. ;D
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Post by: beersk on December 10, 2011, 01:10:20 AM
Wait, your name is Barry?
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: weazletoe on December 10, 2011, 01:16:46 AM
It's my nickname. My birthname is Weaze.
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: weazletoe on December 10, 2011, 01:18:28 AM
I HATE those friggen tire preassure light they put on cars! All they do is freak women out!

Not to mention her Trailblazer has aluminum rims which are know to loose air. I curse GM everyday of my life for those things!!!  >:(

      (rant over)

Um, Barry.....see the contradiction here?

I see what you mean Denny, but my point is, they loose a couple pounds, no big thing. The preassure goes up and down with the temp. I hate her freaking out every time the light comes on. I got it under control!
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Post by: bluesman on December 10, 2011, 01:39:27 AM
I have a tire pressure light in my Jetta...it lit once and I added some air which reset the light. Just another "bell and whistle" to help sell more cars. I don't really need, as I do all of the maintenance on my cars. Tire pressure is checked and adjusted somewhat regularly. However some folks like the security of having this feature.
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: denny on December 10, 2011, 02:06:32 AM
I see what you mean Denny, but my point is, they loose a couple pounds, no big thing. The preassure goes up and down with the temp. I hate her freaking out every time the light comes on. I got it under control!

And I see what you mean.  Isn't it possible to buy a car without them?  I mean, I know you're not gonna buy a new car just to alleviate this, but in the future?
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: weazletoe on December 10, 2011, 02:42:07 AM
oh sure not all cars have them, but like you said, it's not gonna make or break the deal. I guess it must just be my time of the month.  ;D
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Post by: euge on December 10, 2011, 02:44:04 AM
Thought this was all about passing gas. Sorry weaze.

My 07 VW didn't come stock with that feature. I passed on it.
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Post by: bluesman on December 10, 2011, 02:48:11 AM
Thought this was all about passing gas. Sorry weaze.

My 07 VW didn't come stock with that feature. I passed on it.

He did say he had to vent... ;)
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Post by: 1vertical on December 10, 2011, 04:33:19 AM
If you have a full sized spare tire, buy new non sending unit plain valve stems
for all 4 tires.....take the sending unit valve stems out and replace them with the
regular valve stems... break the bead on your spare and then just chuck the sending
unit ones into the interior of the spare tire...pressure it up with all them little devils
 inside at the happy required pressure and smile big. If you get a low pressure
alarm, check your spare tire...done.   ;D
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: punatic on December 10, 2011, 04:56:36 AM

Um, Barry.....see the contradiction here?

I see what you mean Denny, but my point is, they loose a couple pounds, no big thing.

Boy do you have a lot to learn about women weaze!
Even if you only think they MIGHT have lost a pound or two, you say how great they look.   Shuh!  ::)
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: alikocho on December 10, 2011, 08:33:07 AM
There must be a fuse you can pull out, right?

Tape over the light. Problem solved. That fuse might do something else too....
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Post by: repo on December 10, 2011, 02:13:26 PM
Tire pressure sensors have been around since mid 80's, are mandated by law for any light (<10,000 lbs) vehicle manufactured after september 2007.  Sorry conspiracy theorists. Also generally you need a fluctuation of 20 to 30 percent difference in tire pressure to set it off. While a responsible vehicle owner would have caught  much smaller fluctuations and prevented the warning light illumination, the sensors do  go bad.   ;D
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Post by: majorvices on December 10, 2011, 02:54:49 PM
I hear you. I don't have any tire pressure lights, but I've got one damned loud seat belt buzzer that I'd like to shoot if I could ever find it.

I have a Toyota Tacoma with a seat belt buzzer that dings for about 2 minutes, annoying as hell - especially when something on the passenger seat sets it off. I looked it up on line how to shut it off. Found it on a Tacoma forum. Some kind of sequential steps you have to go through. You might find the same for your vehicle.
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Post by: bo on December 10, 2011, 03:35:54 PM
I hear you. I don't have any tire pressure lights, but I've got one damned loud seat belt buzzer that I'd like to shoot if I could ever find it.

I have a Toyota Tacoma with a seat belt buzzer that dings for about 2 minutes, annoying as hell - especially when something on the passenger seat sets it off. I looked it up on line how to shut it off. Found it on a Tacoma forum. Some kind of sequential steps you have to go through. You might find the same for your vehicle.

Thanks. I'll look into that. Probably a better fix than using a 45.
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Post by: beerocd on December 10, 2011, 03:47:34 PM
That sequence is probably in the owner's manual. Did it on my F150.
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Post by: ibru on December 10, 2011, 04:14:53 PM
My biggest issue with the all wheel drive vehicles is if you damage one tire, you get to replace all four even if they only have a few thousand miles on them. Dear wife hit a pot hole with her Forester and damaged a tire, had to replace all of them. Tires are a major expense. You can buy a lot of malt with $700....
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Post by: Pinski on December 10, 2011, 06:23:26 PM
The warning came on in the Ford I drive at work a while back but the indicator is this abstract symbol of what I now understand to be a cross section of droopy tire.  I kept looking at thing thinking, "What the eff is that supposed to mean?"  I guess the words tires ,pressure or low would have been confusing.
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Post by: euge on December 10, 2011, 06:57:12 PM
My biggest issue with the all wheel drive vehicles is if you damage one tire, you get to replace all four even if they only have a few thousand miles on them. Dear wife hit a pot hole with her Forester and damaged a tire, had to replace all of them. Tires are a major expense. You can buy a lot of malt with $700....

I have a leak in my left rear tire right at the curve before the sidewall that was plugged. Still leaking so needs replacement IMO. My experience is you can't fix this. Anyway the Continental tires have over 30K but look worn so I'm replacing all of them on Monday with some Eagle GT's. And I wasn't expecting to dish out the $500 at this time.

There goes my hopes of a BBQ Guru for xmas. :-\
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: punatic on December 10, 2011, 07:25:36 PM
The warning came on in the Ford I drive at work a while back but the indicator is this abstract symbol of what I now understand to be a cross section of droopy tire.  I kept looking at thing thinking, "What the eff is that supposed to mean?"  I guess the words tires ,pressure or low would have been confusing.

That would be discriminating against people who don't speak English.   ::)
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: gmac on December 10, 2011, 09:21:24 PM
I've had more issues of the years with sensor failing than with my actual vehicle breaking down.  Had a Ford truck with a crank shaft sensor that shut the whole vehicle down immediately when I tried to start it.  Nothing wrong with the crank shaft, just the sensor.

That tire light will also go off it's over pressured.  We had these on the trucks at work and one intern saw that it kept coming on so he kept pumping air into it.  When he told me about it I checked the tire and he had it up over 90 psi because he just assumed it was low and kept shoving more air in.
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Post by: alikocho on December 11, 2011, 12:08:04 AM

This all reminds me of the bit in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe where Ford Prefect tries to fly an all balck spaceship and points out that a when you do something a black light lights up in black to tell you you've done it.
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Post by: speed on December 11, 2011, 01:29:23 AM
those damn sensors can be a pita when you change tires , gotta be real careful you don't break one.figure about 75+ bucks and then you have to get it programmed to the car.
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Post by: weazletoe on December 11, 2011, 08:07:24 PM

This all reminds me of the bit in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe where Ford Prefect tries to fly an all balck spaceship and points out that a when you do something a black light lights up in black to tell you you've done it.


I've heard of that book. Any good?
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Post by: jeffy on December 11, 2011, 08:10:28 PM

This all reminds me of the bit in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe where Ford Prefect tries to fly an all balck spaceship and points out that a when you do something a black light lights up in black to tell you you've done it.


I've heard of that book. Any good?

Start with the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  It is very good.
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: euge on December 11, 2011, 10:25:49 PM
Chances are you have heard of the movie weaze? Or the TV series? There's three books IIRC.
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Post by: punatic on December 11, 2011, 10:30:41 PM
I listened to it as a radio show on PBS/NPR back in the 70s..
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Post by: a10t2 on December 11, 2011, 11:22:58 PM
There's three books IIRC.

It's actually the "increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy", consisting of five books.
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: weazletoe on December 12, 2011, 05:59:40 AM
Start with the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  It is very good.

Hey man, I know where my towel is!
Title: Re: Have to vent....
Post by: euge on December 12, 2011, 06:03:19 AM
Start with the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  It is very good.

Hey man, I know where my towel is!

You are in for a wild ride of British humour! Yes I keep a towel handy at all times...

The remake of the movie was pretty good.
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Post by: theDarkSide on December 12, 2011, 03:13:41 PM
Wouldn't it figure.   The tpi light ( looks like a horseshoe with an ! in the middle ) came on for the first time last night on my wife'ss Kia.  Check the pressure and the right, rear tire is 3psi low.  Sensitive little bugger, isn't it?
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Post by: phillamb168 on December 12, 2011, 03:17:00 PM
Wouldn't it figure.   The tpi light ( looks like a horseshoe with an ! in the middle ) came on for the first time last night on my wife'ss Kia.  Check the pressure and the right, rear tire is 3psi low.  Sensitive little bugger, isn't it?

SO THAT'S WHAT THAT THING IS! I had no idea, I've seen it in rental cars a lot and could never figure what it meant.