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Published on March 15, 2006

Mail Call, March 13



TIA training appreciated

I want to acknowledge the outstanding training program that Kevin Rohlwing, Tire Industry Association (TIA) senior vice president of education & technical services, has put together for tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).

Kevin presented his program to more than 100 of our dealers, both owners and installers, in late January. Anyone who has the opportunity to attend one of Kevin's seminars must take advantage of it. The information presented is timely and important to everyone in the tire business.

Kevin's down-to-earth, humorous style combined with anecdotes of his personal experience in the tire business kept everyone's attention for the entire session.

Often the work of TIA, although very important, is done behind the scenes and goes unrecognized and underappreciated. The TPMS training is very visible and a great example of why all tire dealers should support TIA.

Ben Kravitz


Summit Tires of Mass Inc.

Brockton, Mass.

TPMS not fail-safe device

Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are nothing more than a scapegoat for the public. Drivers must be accountable and responsible for maintenance of their vehicle including regular air pressure checks.

We, at our store, recommend to our customers they come in for a free air pressure check on a regular three-month schedule, regardless of mileage.

With the current TPMS, a tire can be grossly underinflated and driven on for countless miles and ruined before the warning light comes on. For example, General Motors Corp. may recommend 32 psi in tires, which means that they could be 25-percent low on inflation pressure at 24 psi before the pressure monitoring system activates.

Isn't this the pressure Ford Motor Co. recommended in Firestone tires on Explorers, which created problems a few years back? If a tire is loaded to maximum carrying capacity and is run 20-percent low, we have a problem.

I do not think TPMS are fail-safe devices. They only cause dealers more grief and cost customers money. Let's get back to basics.

Scott Cameron


Lauren Young Tire Center

Sutherlin, Ore.


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