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Posted: 12/03/20 09:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have Tire Minder and love it. But, it did not alert once until after a tire exploded. It's great for temps and leaking tires.


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specta wrote:

I had the factory one on my truck disabled. [emoticon]


Not to hijack the thread, but was goin to say the same thing. I programmed out the screen popping up telling me my pressure is too low when it actually is correct!

I actually like TPMS, TPIS, but one thing to remember is yes it will alert you to a slow leak, but it’s never called anyone and said “you’re about the have a blowout in 30 seconds, pull over!”


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Interesting that there isn’t “one” brand that seems to be recommended. I guess this thread needs to go longer to develop a consensus.


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I have a tst507 on the truck and trailer. The sensors can be a bit of a challenge to get on and off the dually wheel(OP didn't specify). The flow throughs are too long for the truck wheel. I have the flow through on the trailer, although 1 now doesn't flow through very well~7yrs old. When I changed tires I ordered internal sensors, they were on back order forever and I gave up. I'd highly recommend that way on a drw although they are pretty spendy in total.

I like seeing the tire temps, I actually shifted some weight around since one front tire always ran ~10* hotter. I haven't had a blow out or flat with the system, just reminders to air back up.

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Count me as another satisfied EEZ TPMS System user. I like that it gives you both tire pressure and temperature information. I have it on all the tow vehicle and trailer tires. I did have to add the repeater as the aluminum frame of my truck camper blocked the signal from the boat trailer tires. It has worked flawlessly with the repeater.


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I put an aftermarket TPMS system on my 4x4 van because it spends most of its time on dirt roads and I've ruined tires because I didn't know a tire was losing air. Type I got had the sensors that screw on the valve stems; the monitor plugged into a powerpoint inside the van. For 11 months the system was wonderful - at a glance I could see the pressure AND temperature of each tire. Then one day the system started malfunctioning and shortly thereafter quit altogether. The company that sold them (still under warranty for a month!) had disappeared so no help that way. I haven't replaced the system yet but I'm really interested in this topic to see which of these systems work well...and continue working for a few years!


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Grit dog wrote:

specta wrote:

I had the factory one on my truck disabled. [emoticon]


Not to hijack the thread, but was goin to say the same thing. I programmed out the screen popping up telling me my pressure is too low when it actually is correct!

I actually like TPMS, TPIS, but one thing to remember is yes it will alert you to a slow leak, but it’s never called anyone and said “you’re about the have a blowout in 30 seconds, pull over!”

The two tire failures I have had with TC on were both leakers; one popped bead, one defective tire (Nitto). In both cases I could feel some squirrely handling starting to happen and I was able to pull over safely. These prompted me to get the aftermarket TPMS.
My experience tells me some advanced notice would have been a tremendous asset in both cases.
Unless you run over a large/sharp object I believe traumatic tire failures are rare with the quality of tires we run nowadays.
IMO opinion TPMS is worth every penny and I won’t haul a TC without it any longer.

The cheap one I bought off Amazon (see above) worked great, gave accurate psi and temps. What have you got to lose? $60?


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