EVOldtimer wrote:It is fine for you to say you don't want to spend the extra monkey keeping your TPMS functional, but it is irresponsible to encourage other people to do so.
It is incumbent upon us a consumers of technology to keep asking ourselves whether we are getting a good value for our tech dollar. "Do we really need this feature?" After driving almost fifty years now, and Never Never having ruined a tire in my lifetime, I still say TPMS is one of the best ideas--best improvements to cars I have seen.
At first I was really pissed off at you, but then I stepped back in to my thinking brain. Then I started to think that maybe I should have done that before I posted the first time.
I never advocated for encouraging other people to do something that was unsafe or that would cause a problem for them. My post was in reaction to my frustration of "nanny state" policies. I don't like to be told that I have to spend a lot of my hard-earned money for a technology to tell me what I can notice with a simple walk-around before I drive my car. If a tire looks soft, then I'll check the pressure and do what needs to be done. (And as I think about the prior posts, it seems that a tire may have gone flat during driving in the snow, which I have to agree I wouldn't notice, either, and TPMS might save me the cost of having installed it in the first place.)
Of course, I'm the kind of guy that rebuilds the front end of a 1978 Toyota FJ40 because I like to learn how it works. I have installed power steering into the same vehicle - which means I have been working on a very critical section of the truck - how to control its direction when it is careening down the highway at speed.
But I do my research, I am careful, I check my work, and I often have someone else check my work before I'll consider it useable.
When it comes to doing something for the general population, where we might increase the cost of a car a few dollars for everyone, but save many lives in the process, I think that's worthwhile.
So, yes, I'll probably try to find ways to get around TPMS when I get snows for my Leaf. But, of course, I'll have to do research on what wheels I can use, I'll have to make sure it all fits, I'll have to decide what to do about the warning light, and so on. I'll do all that because I don't want to spend the money. But I'm glad that my brother or mother-in-law would have to pay for the TPMS because they don't know how to do all that and wouldn't know how to tell if it was safe. I'd rather they have the warning light come on and have them be alarmed and ask someone to fix it for them.