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Old 09-28-2013, 08:13 PM   #15
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The more I read about this, the more I am getting confused. There's people who say "never drive without one" and then there's the other camp claiming that these things actually cause tire failure...

Who's right?
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Old 09-28-2013, 08:19 PM   #16
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The more I read about this, the more I am getting confused. There's people who say "never drive without one" and then there's the other camp claiming that these things actually cause tire failure...

Who's right?
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I think the only concern is with the externally mounted sensors on rubber stems. Externally mounted sensors on metal stems or internally mounted sensors with metal stems should be fine and can warn you well in advance (to pull over) if things are heating up abnormally or losing pressure - hopefully to avoid a tread separation or blowout.

One rookie's opinion. Let's have more seasoned folks chime in!
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:28 PM   #17
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In my paperwork, it specifically mentioned not to install the sensors on rubber stems. I lucked out since the wheels already had metal...
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:40 PM   #18
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The distributor we bought our TPMS from told us up front that metal stems were a must for our external mount system. He also recommended a company, Always Shiny Wheels and RV, that sold quality stainless steel valve stems (Einky Valve Stems) 4 for $32. We had our local tire distributorship remove the wheels and replace the valve stems.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:13 AM   #19
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Check out my post. There are other posts on that thread that you might find of interest too.

I am not aware of any tire failures due to the use of TPMS but anything is possible. I am however aware of many thousands of failures from not constantly monitoring tire inflation.

Think of it this way. How would you feel if you didn't have any instruments in your TV to monitor engine temp, voltage, oil pressure or fuel level? After all you can check these items every morning and every time you make a rest stop
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