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Headed out of town for a long weekend this past Friday and the car just wasn't handling right. I knew a "touched" a curb Thursday on my way home from work but didn't notice any handling problems the rest of the way home.

Suspected a low tire (passenger rear has a history of losing a few pounds) but it wasn't consistent. When that tire had been low I'd get a steady, albeit minor, tug to that side. This time around it was just "floating" - the car would wander but not consistently to one side or the other. I noticed that when I'd get off the throttle for a shift it would pitch to the left.

After about 15 minutes my bride finally asked "why does the car feel funny?" (from the passenger seat!) Turned around and in the garage I noticed the rear passenger tire was extremely low. Being a "glass half full" kinda guy I thought "at least that attests to an even weight distribution."

I'm off to start another "what tire do you recommend" thread now.

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I'm off to start another "what tire do you recommend" thread now.
You will get yelled at by the grumpy guys if you post that!
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You will get yelled at by the grumpy guys if you post that!
But chickenwire is one of us grumpy guys, heck he's been around here for a long time.





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One of the things I've heard you "long time owners" talk about is letting the coolant and oil come up to temperature before starting your drive. I've made that a habit, based on your suggestions. So while they come up to temp, I always do a walk around and put eyeballs on the tires and license plate - just to make sure they're still there and everything's copacetic.

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Hey! GET YOUR TIRES OFF MY LAWN!

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One of the things I've heard you "long time owners" talk about is letting the coolant and oil come up to temperature before starting your drive. I've made that a habit, based on your suggestions. So while they come up to temp, I always do a walk around and put eyeballs on the tires and license plate - just to make sure they're still there and everything's copacetic.
I always do my walk around before starting. The way I have to fold up to get in or out too easy to hit the shifter with the car running for me. Thats my old fart rant
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When did the tire pressure sensors become standard? I use them to check my tires from time to time and they have alerted me once to a slow leak at a valve.

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When did the tire pressure sensors become standard? I use them to check my tires from time to time and they have alerted me once to a slow leak at a valve.
Pretty sure it became required in the US in 2008
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One of the things I've heard you "long time owners" talk about is letting the coolant and oil come up to temperature before starting your drive. I've made that a habit, based on your suggestions. So while they come up to temp, I always do a walk around and put eyeballs on the tires and license plate - just to make sure they're still there and everything's copacetic.
I am not a fan of this much warming up. The recommendation I follow is to idle until the idle speed drops to normal, then drive moderately until the coolant temperature is above 150. The advantage of this, as it was explained to me, is that it warms all parts of the driveline together, wastes less time, and causes less pollution.
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Pretty sure it became required in the US in 2008
Assuming that you meant MY2008, that is correct, as any light vehicle sold after 1 September 2007 was required to have them.
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I walk around the car in the garage and check obvious. I get in, start the engine and as soon as idle drops, drive away. I have to drive at 25 mph for about one mile through my neighborhood. By the time I get to the neighborhood exit, temperature has come up enough to have heat. I drive modestly until the oil temperature matches coolant temperature.

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Assuming that you meant MY2008, that is correct, as any light vehicle sold after 1 September 2007 was required to have them.
And I think by light even a F150 is included. I had a piece metal leak, show a warning that one was low a warning only have to get out and check which one. Have a lot of info on the data screen but separate tire dont have on my model. The warning stayed on even while the tire was in the bed taking it down to get it fixed
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And I think by light even a F150 is included. I had a piece metal leak, show a warning that one was low a warning only have to get out and check which one. Have a lot of info on the data screen but separate tire dont have on my model. The warning stayed on even while the tire was in the bed taking it down to get it fixed
Correct. The limitation is under 8,500 lb GVWR, so half-ton trucks (Ford 150, GM 1500) are light duty, while anything bigger (250, 350, 2500, 3500, et al) is not.
Note that anything is allowed to have TPMS, but only the light-duty vehicles are required to have it.

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Correct. The limitation is under 8,500 lb GVWR, so half-ton trucks (Ford 150, GM 1500) are light duty, while anything bigger (250, 350, 2500, 3500, et al) is not.
Note that anything is allowed to have TPMS, but only the light-duty vehicles are required to have it.
I appreciate your (and the others) clarification of this. I remembered reading the "warning" system was required but didn't remember what model year.

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One of the things I've heard you "long time owners" talk about is letting the coolant and oil come up to temperature before starting your drive. I've made that a habit, based on your suggestions. So while they come up to temp, I always do a walk around and put eyeballs on the tires and license plate - just to make sure they're still there and everything's copacetic.
I never let any of my vehicles "warm up". I drive at low speed for about 1/2 mile through the residential streets until I reach the main street; then it's about another mile to the highway. One of my vehicles is 17 years old and has 198,000 miles on it and has never been "warmed up".


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I never let any of my vehicles "warm up". I drive at low speed for about 1/2 mile through the residential streets until I reach the main street; then it's about another mile to the highway. One of my vehicles is 17 years old and has 198,000 miles on it and has never been "warmed up".
Nothing wrong with driving gently from cold as long as you don't live at the bottom of a mountain you have to immediately climb or anything like that. Basically idling along at low speed along the road is just fine as long as you don't put the engine under heavy load or run the rpm up.

My BMW sports car actually has the coolant temp on the rim of the tachometer, indicating how high you can rev the engine at a given temp. Not an exact science, but same idea.

I have a 1 km flat run from my place to get the oil warm in the morning, before hitting the highway.

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