TPMS info helpful
I find the information you provide on tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) to be very useful. It's the best I've seen so far.
You are correct in that the industry has not released much information about the correct service procedures for mounting and demounting tires that have TPMS installed. I work for Goodyear Hi-Tech Service in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the majority of the information I receive about this new technology is through your publication.
We already have seen a few vehicles equipped with TPMS and so far have had no problem servicing them. Tire rotations become a bit more tedious, especially with General Motors Corp. vehicles, because the air has to actually be released from the tire to reset the sensor.
TMPS systems on Chrysler/Jeep vehicles are much easier to service with the magnet provided and only take a few minutes to reset.
Please keep us updated on any news or procedures for servicing TPMS on vehicles. My sales team and I cover such issues in our Saturday morning meetings.
Goodyear Hi-Tech Service
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Proud to be a `Gum Dipper'
It doesn't take very long to find out the older you get, the less time you spend looking to the future and find yourself spending a lot of time looking back and reminiscing about ``old times.''
I recently returned from an event that makes you proud that you spent the major part of your working career in the tire and automotive business. Proud because you have had the good fortune to have been taught, educated, mentored and shared experiences with some of the finest people in business.
Where else can you mix vendors, suppliers, senior executives, entry-level people, competitors, former employees and fellow workers, all put together and executed by volunteers?
The place is ``The Gum Dippers'' annual reunion. If others in the tire industry do not have one, I highly recommend it.
Use of HP tires questioned
We recently had a 2004 four-cylinder Toyota Camry in for basic lube-oil-filter service. This vehicle had 11,810 miles on it.
Needless to say, while doing a visual inspection, the front tires were bald. My tech brought this to my attention and upon examining the tires discovered they were V-speed rated.
I brought out my customer (82 years young) to show him the tires, and he did admit he had not rotated the tires. He thought when he took his car into the Toyota dealership, they would have advised him if the tires needed servicing.
I took the time to explain speed rating to my customer. I'm very concerned why the car manufacturer has installed a high-performance related tire on a four-cylinder, four-door sedan. I called our local Toyota dealer, and my customer called Toyota Consumer Affairs, and both phone calls proved to be a waste of time.
Could we please get an answer to help inform the public why this is like this?
Tony B's Tire & Auto Service Center
Johnson City, N.Y.