Tire Light On
Millie writes: I just had the tires replaced on my 2007 Impala and now the tire pressure light is staying on. Do I have to reset it or something?
Mike: Millie, you shouldn’t have to reset it. My best guess is that the tire shop damaged one of your wheel sensors when installing the tires. It is easy to damage and easy to fix. Take it back to the tire shop and have them recheck it.
More Tire Questions
Coleen writes: I have a 2011 Toyota Venza with a V6 and 24k miles. My tires are worn out and I need to buy new ones. I absolutely love the way the original tires performed, except for how long they lasted. I have heard you talk about the way the tires are designed for the vehicle, but I need them to last longer. What do I do?
Mike: Coleen, when vehicle manufacturers set the requirements for the original tires, they don’t specify a wear mileage requirement. That means that the replacements tires may have the same model numbers as the original equipment ones, but will last much longer.
The difference has to do with special ingredients in the rubber compound. I once had a pair of replacement Goodyear Wranglers last 45k miles when the exact same original tires only lasted 30k miles. This is why I don’t buy “take off” tires from the tire shops anymore. (tires replaced on new vehicles) They won’t last as long.
Check under the hood! Checking under the hood occasionally can head off little problems before they become big ones. If you are unsure, your owner’s manual will have a section on under hood checks for reference. Heed all safety warnings and any warning stickers that may be under the hood. Most everything under the hood will be hot, so be careful. Except for transmission fluid level, all checks should be done while the engine is turned off.
If the engine is running, don’t put your hands near any belts or fans unless you want to be called “Stubby”. If you are not comfortable with doing any of this, stop by any dealer or service center and whey should do it for free. The secret is to do it.
I invite you to listen to my radio program on Saturday mornings from 10:00-Noon (new time!) on KGOW 1560 “The Game” starting March 3, 2012. The show is called “In Wheel Time.” You can also listen live on our website: www.inwheeltime.com. I also encourage you to “like” us on facebook underwww.facebook.com/InWheelTime
Mike is a ASE Certified Technician and auto shop owner for 31 years.