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Published on February 12, 2007

Letters: TPMS woes, SKU codes damaging tires



TPMS woes

I have come to think that tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are a bad thing.

I realize that this could be a business opportunity for tire dealers, but it seems the government is trying to legislate common sense. This is going to cost more for buying a vehicle and for repairing the ones that go bad.

Most people, I feel, will just replace a TPMS valve with a normal valve stem when the TPMS unit is bad. This will negate the whole system in the vehicle, but seemingly most of the auto buyers don't want the system anyway.

For the sake of tire retailers, make a universal system!

Don Collins


Custom Tire Inc.

Springfield, Ohio

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My experience with TPMS so far is that valve cores deteriorate, nickel valves aren't brass, cores break off inside a $100 tire and then the TPMS valve is rendered useless.

I called a car dealership and was told they don't stock parts—they're out-of-state items. Bad idea.

Car makers are selling tires on their vehicles and not telling customers about the kinds of problems they're going to have with these valve stems. It's very expensive to replace those valve stems. I'm not sure how the manufacturers think this will work out over the next 20 years, but if you're rich I guess it doesn't matter.

Sloth is the word for automobilists this day and forever. Tire dealerships need to express how they're expected to handle this dilemma.

Dave Williams


Dave's Tire Shop

Unionville, Mo.

SKU codes damaging tires

Why do some tire manufacturers often place their scan-up codes on the bead area of a tire?

Such placement often causes leaks and tire failures. When they're on the bead, some tires come back leaking at that spot where the sticker is. Actually, a lot of them do that. The tags are made of real hard plastic and sometimes it creates a bigger problem when we try to remove them.

The placement of these tags is definitely a problem and, as a hazard, is a safety issue. It defeats their purpose.

Richard & Keith Watson

Owner and sales

Village Tire & Auto Inc.

Cleveland, Tenn.

Fla. retread law off-base

I oppose the proposed legislation by Florida state Senator Victor D. Crist that would effectively ban the use of retreaded truck tires in the state, and I recently sent a letter to him saying I was stunned to read of his plan.

Perhaps Mr. Crist awakened in the middle of the night, suffering from a terrible hangover, when he came up with this awful scheme. He has obviously not thought of the repercussions that such an absurd ban would have on interstate transport and the impossible hardships that would be placed on truckers countrywide.

The plan is stupid beyond belief. However, I would rather that the tire industry—and the Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB)—tell him that, as I am not in any position to defend myself from trial lawyers that would soon be on the scene.

I presume that the big boys at Goodyear, Michelin North America Inc. and Bridgestone/Firestone will answer in their own time. It is just that I think the matter too important to ignore, even for one minute.

Everard G. Scott


Harmony Hall Inc.

Margate, Fla.


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