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Old 02-08-2007, 11:57 AM   #1
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Anybody tried these? Tire pressure indicator

Here's an interesting new item described in today's New York Times:

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These are sold as a set of four for $25.00. They are sealed units with a battery life expectancy of 3-4 years. They replace the valve cap and are self-calibrating to the tire-pressure. If the pressure drops, they will begin to flash. anybody tired these?
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:07 PM   #2
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Can you se em in the rear view? or the cockpit? I'll bet they would be real nice when you're pulled over with a flat looking at that little sob winking at you. go good with the CHINESE MARATHONS
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We have not tried that brand, but we do have the ones sold at Camping World for about the same money. I think they come in a package of six. They work great. Of course you have to stop and visually check for low inflation, but it is a lot easier than pulling out the tire gauge. The ones we have are set at 65 lbs and if they drop 5 lbs(approx) or more a yellow indicator pops up and lets you know it is time to air up.

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Neat idea. At $25 a pop every other year seems a little steep for the ave RV that take the unit out a week or two every year. If tire life is calculated at 5 years and the caps are replaced every other year. I would spend about $62.50 for the life of a set of tires. Which may be the cost of 3/4 of a tire, for the convience of not putting on a tire gauge. And in the AZ sun I am not going to see the light unless it's at night or I am standing right over the tire. To check the battery of the light one needs to unscrew the cap. If I do that I might as well put a tire pressure gauge on it.

I think I might use my tire gauge more often. It's $5 and doesn't need a battery. I need the exercise in bending over to check the pressure anyway.

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This would be great for all those folks who never check the tire pressure on their cars. Which I suspect in 80% plus. Of course many of these wouldn't get around to getting the air put in anyway....
I'm lusting after a set of the electronic ones once we start putting miles. I'm getting a set just to try for my wife's car.
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For the lazy (include me)

The "Camping World" versions operate on air pressure therefore are idiot-proof. Certainly not as cool as the "blinky-blinky" battery type, but anybody who is too lazy to check tire pressure with a gauge is probaly too lazy to replace the batteries. Either type is better than nothing....tires that are under pressure is the number one mechanical related cause of roll over accidents.

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