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post #136 of 408 Old 05-31-2009, 02:11 PM
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To each their own. BTW, the 44psi max pressure is for a cold tire...always adjust tire pressure when cold after sitting overnight.
Or on road trips that incur large changes in altitude. The rule of thumb for tire pressure is an increase/decrease of 0.5 PSI for every 1,000 feet of change in altitude. Also, there's a 2 PSI change for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit change in temperature.



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Thumbs up Highlander Hybrid 255 55 19's

I have had the same problem and am convinced that the 255 55 19's are the way to go. Bridgestone Dueler Alenza's get good reviews.

Discount Tire has an useful size calculator which indicates that they are about 4/10 of an inch wider and taller. http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...foTireMath.jsp Makes about a 1 mph difference (higher) in highway speed so set the cruise 1 mph lower.

In response to my inquiry on another thread, confirmed that they run fine with the Highlander. He also recommended the Alenza. Looks like the way I am going.

Have you bought tires yet? If so, what is your experience?

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Tire Pressure sensors

Question, If I get a separate set of wheels, tires and sensors for winter driving do I have to go back to the dealer each fall and spring for them to put the new/different codes into the computer or if done once will it recognize the different sensors when on the vehicle?

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Question, If I get a separate set of wheels, tires and sensors for winter driving do I have to go back to the dealer each fall and spring for them to put the new/different codes into the computer or if done once will it recognize the different sensors when on the vehicle?
While I have not confirmed this myself there have been at least 3 folks in the non-hybrid forum that confirmed the codes have to be entered by the dealer each time. One person confirmed that there appear to be 9 slots to enter the codes for the tire pressure sensors but only the last 5 appear to be recognized so it looks like this feature is only half baked.

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You will have to go back each time, as long as the numbers are written down its easy, I think the Land Cruiser is the only Toyota that can store 2 sets of numbers
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You will have to go back each time, as long as the numbers are written down its easy, I think the Land Cruiser is the only Toyota that can store 2 sets of numbers
Bummer.... Another way to get more $$ from you. I know my Tundra didn't like it and I kept getting the light, but it would go off after awhile if I was running my other wheels and tires during the summer.

I'm told the newer systems, like on the HH, it will cause a problem if they are not there.

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Check out this thread in the 08+ Highlander forum, which may answer your questions. Hope it can help some.....



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Check out this thread in the 08+ Highlander forum, which may answer your questions. Hope it can help some.....

Thanks, that was a help.

I guess the one question I still have would be can you just run regular valve stems for the winter tire and wheel combination and not have it cause a problem with the vehicles ECM system. I know on the Tundra I had (early ECM), where I had summer tires and TRD wheels with no sensors I was OK unless I was on a longer trip and then the light would come on for the tire system. But if that's the only thing one would have to live with for a time during the winter VS paying $320 for additional sensors on the winter tire wheels and/or going to the dealer at $80 a pop, or buying the tool shown for $150 that would be worth it to me.

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Thanks, that was a help.

I guess the one question I still have would be can you just run regular valve stems for the winter tire and wheel combination and not have it cause a problem with the vehicles ECM system. I know on the Tundra I had (early ECM), where I had summer tires and TRD wheels with no sensors I was OK unless I was on a longer trip and then the light would come on for the tire system. But if that's the only thing one would have to live with for a time during the winter VS paying $320 for additional sensors on the winter tire wheels and/or going to the dealer at $80 a pop, or buying the tool shown for $150 that would be worth it to me.
Probably the best/fastest way to answer that question would be to bump the thread I linked in the 08+ Highlander forum and ask that question. One of those guys should be able to provide you with an answer most ricky tick. Glad to be able to lend a hand....



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2006 HH tire pressure sensor?

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Would anyone advice if the 2006 HH has or not tire pressure sensors?
I could not find anything in the manual about them, and no gage light appear to be about tire pressure sensors.

If it has tire pressure sensors, is it OK to use snow tires on rims WITHOUT tire pressure sensors during the winter season?

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Yes, your 2006 has TPMS sensors. Read this very recent thread which will answer some of your questions, but also search this forum and the 08+ Highlander forum for "TPMS" and you'll come up with several informative threads.



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Your 1st generation Highlander should have an indirect tire sensors which only detect rotational differences among the tires using the same sensors for the antilock brakes, there is no direct tire pressure sensor. Only 2nd generation Highlanders(2008+) have the direct pressure sensors which also monitor the spare. Your owners manual should have something on the tire sensor system and how to reset it, my non-hybrid owners manual does.
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This site will provide some additional information:

http://www.toyotatpms.com/

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Bad Gas Mileage & Tire PSI (tire or car sticker?)

Recently bought a toyota certified 08 Highlander Hybrid (14K miles). I have only been getting around 16 or 17 mpg! I leave it on ECON mode and I drive city only, stop and go. I drive slowly and try to get the EV mode going whenever I can. What am I doing wrong? Or is this typical?

Another question - My PSI on the sticker on the door say max. 32 for the tires. The TOYO tires (I assume are manuf. bought given the low mileage) say max 43. I currently have my tires at 34 psi. Do you go with the what the car sticker says or what is actually on the tire? I have no heavy loads (only 3 small kids occasionally).

I am starting to think that it was a mistake to sell my Sienna minivan (which gets 17 mpg city) because it got the same gas mileage (however, definitely not as cool to drive). Oh well, so much for saving the environment! LOL

Hopefully you all can help me out - this forum seems to have by far the best advice
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I'm not a hybrid owner myself so I'll leave the mileage issue to other members, but IMO 34 PSI is just fine. You'll get widely ranging opinions about tire pressure, but personally I think manufacturers typically set the pressure too low. I have always kept my vehicles at 34-35 PSI, and have never in 30 years of driving had a set wear unevenly. I keep my Highlander's tires at 35.

I will say this about your mileage as it's unusually low. I've got a V6 Base model and I consistently get 18/19 in the city and 27/28 highway, just for comparison.



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