Originally Posted by kamikazeedriver
Those tools were much more expensive when I got mine a few years ago. I'm glad they've gone down so much.
GM TPMS is pretty simple in comparison to the strange dances some manufacturers require you to do.
Toyota vehicles require that you program the ECM with the four or five sensor IDENT numbers after you read them from each tire.
I'm going to rant a bit. My rants tend to be a bit acerbic...
I do a quick visual before I take any vehicle out and I check and adjust the tire pressures with a gauge on Saturday morning along with checking all the bulbs and all the fluids. The important bits like the engine, transmission, and tires last longer... and the fuzz don't get to bother me about burnt out bulbs.
The government was lobbied by the car manufacturers and howler monkeys like Ralph Nader to require this obnoxiousness. The automakers then proceeded to build overcomplex systems that require "dealer service" to pad the bottom line of their dealer network. Completely predictable outcome.
The stated goal was to prevent under-inflation of tires that causes safety issues. I still see mini vans and Ferd Exploders stinking of burned rubber and driving on the rim at WalMart and the grocery store.
The public lobbying started with the entertainment shows, that are masquerading as News, overblowing the passenger car rated FIRESTONE and GOODYEAR failures on the tippy tippy tippy FORD EXPLORERS. Kinda reminds me of the tippity Suzuki Samurai but the Soccer moms weren't driving those.
Reminds me of the Don Henley lyrics...
"The bubble-headed-bleach-blond comes on at five
She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
It's interesting when people die
We need dirty laundry"
I didn't need the smiling sharks at CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX to tell me that passenger car tires on a light truck or van are sub-par.
Mounting passenger rated tires on the already low quality Ford Exploder to save Ford Motor Company the difference between Light Truck Tires and Passenger Tires for each unit built is adding insult to injury.
Outside of the cost of the tires themselves... Passenger tires provide a squishy and vague "smooth" ride so the sub-par suspension and steering isn't front and centre when your garden variety soccer mom or dad goes for a test drive.
IMHO Vans, mini and fullsize, and any SUV or pickup truck should be sporting at least Load Range C LT tires from the factory. It's a safety thing. But I'm not not going to lobby the government to circumvent Darwin.
Weeding out the dimly aware is something I applaud.