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Old 08-04-2015, 06:47 PM   #29
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I have the Firestone Transforce AT tires on my Excursion, long story but they were the only tire in stock at the next exit off I94 after a major blowout.

Anyway, they increase from 80 to 94 psi during highway tow according to the TPMS.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:02 PM   #30
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I have the Firestone Transforce AT tires on my Excursion, long story but they were the only tire in stock at the next exit off I94 after a major blowout.

Anyway, they increase from 80 to 94 psi during highway tow according to the TPMS.
Thanks! That does help provide some sense of range that should be anticipated. From 80, one went up to 93 or 94, and the other one hit 96 for a short time.
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Your numbers are consistent with my experience. I think you had a TPMS malfunction.

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I also noticed the temperature affected the pressure and also the altitude. We live at 200' above sea level and crossing the Bighorns we were at near 10000, we had to air down a few pounds. I also Googled the issue and the results lead me to believe the pressure increases we were seeing was not a big concern.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:11 PM   #33
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Your numbers are consistent with my experience. I think you had a TPMS malfunction.

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We back checked the pressures with a manual gauge, a solid 10 lbs increase was constant at minimum. Perhaps it's the tire characteristic.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:16 PM   #34
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use a Longacre digiial tire gage to check tire pressure while the trailer is still under the roof in the shade at the storage unit. Cold is a relevant number when the ambiant air temperature is 105+ degrees out.
Isn't that the truth! Obviously we're not quite as hot here in Albuquerque, but I know what you mean.

I ordered the Longacre earlier today, and I'm sure we will be much happier to use it than having to mess with putting the long coil hose on the compressor back in its case (not that it doesn't do its job very well, but that hose definitely has a mind of its own!)
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:38 PM   #35
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Your numbers are consistent with my experience. I think you had a TPMS malfunction.

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I agree... I'll be calling the dealership to schedule a service appointment first thing tomorrow.

You always learn a lot more from things that go wrong than from things that go right. If nothing else, I'm a lot more aware of what's going on with tire pressures and temperatures than ever before.
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I have a factory tire monitor system on my GoldWing motorcycle and we had it on the Acura. They would throw warnings in Santa Fe at 8,000 feet. The same exact pressure at 2,000 feet was okay. There is a thought about absolute pressure readings with some of the TPMS systems that get affected with altitude.

I inflated the tires when in Santa Fe by 4 psi (still under the max pressure) and the TPMS systems were happy.

Note that if there is more than one vendor of a specific tire size, the manufacturers build to the same pressure/load ratings so you are not locked into one tire company.
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I have a 2014 Ram 2500 with 6.7L Cummins. I had it in a few weeks ago for an oil change and I noticed that when it was returned to me the dealer had accomplished a recall item on the TPMS. Granted, mine is a '14, but....
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