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Old 08-31-2017, 06:01 PM   #1
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TireMinder TPMS does its job

I drove from Southern Mississippi back to NW Louisiana Tuesday to get here before all the rain. I checked all tire pressure before I started by clicking through each time for pressure and temperature. When I was about 50 miles into the trip, the alarm sounded for my inside passenger tire with pressure at 58.9 pounds. Frankly, that didnt seem right to me, so I did not pull over immediately, but watched the pressure like a hawk to see if the pressure continued a slow or fast loss of pressure. It didnt. It continued to read 58.9 pounds and was not gaining temperature. When I got to a place where I could safely check tires with my accurate truck tire pressure gauge, I started to unscrew the sensor on the inside tire, and much to my amazement, the monitor and about a 6 inch brass extension came with it, and it was as loose as it could be without falling off completely.

I had to get the extension back on because I could not easily check the tire pressure with the gauge and that was a little difficult since it is recessed, but eventually I got it on, and tightened down with a small Crescent wrench. When I check the pressure with the truck gauge, it was in the high 50s, and I would read it as 58 or 59. So the gauge confirmed the pressure I got from the TireMinder.

Now, it appears that the extension worked itself free over the 50 miles. Frankly, I had never torqued those or paid any attention to them other than to feel that they were short and made putting the TireMinders on without losing them down between the dual wheels. Then I aired up the tire using the high air pressure line tap just behind the first passenger side basement compartment with the Cummins running on high idle, and when I got it up to 85 pounds, let it sit for a while to see if there was pressure loss, changed batteries in that Tire Minder sensor, checked one final time after 45 min or so for 85 pounds and completed the rest of the 250 mile trip unevenfullly.

Now, that is exactly what it was supposed to do. I must have set the base pressure for that tire so that it exceeded the tolerance or loss of pressure at 59 pounds and when it did it continuously sounded the alarm.

Very pleased and very happy that I run tire pressure monitor devices on all 12 of my tires contacting the road.

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I like my Tire Minder but I did have to get the repeater.
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Gary,

Did that extender come with the coach or did you add it?

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Came with the coach and assume we all have them. I am now looking for 2 that are several inches longer. The OEM ones essentially are flush with the aluminum outer wheel and make it hard to add or remove the sensors to check pressures manually.

Mine have 6 sided "nuts" which you can get onto with the right socket or small Crescent wrench to tighten them down against the actual stem.

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Gary,
I believe tire minder suggests setting the monitor to go off at 10% loss of air and 20% gain of pressure.

Going from 85 down to 58 seens like to much if air loss to me

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Gary,

That TPMS just paid for itself right there.
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