I read the sensors inside the tires should last from 5 to 8 years for the 2007 TCH. The new 2012's should last up to 10 years. I never looked at the 2009 though 2011 models to see the expediency of those sensor batteries.I'm trying to avoid the cost (both money and time) of visiting the dealer. I'm thinking I should probably wait until I replace my tires and have this taken care of then.
Yes, you can do this yourself. You would have to break down the one tire that had the bad sensor. Do all four tires to replace all 4 sensors. The sensors come with the battery already attached. They are made as one unit.Since my car is 5 years old, I'm thinking one of my sensor batteries may need to be replaced. Can I do this myself? If so, how? Thanks.
Not sure what the moisture in that one tire can do. This is another reason for using nitrogen as it resist any moisture getting into the tires. If your using air you might have a tire shop let it down then air it up with a quality dry air compressor. A good chance the tire with the moisture could mess up any tire gauge. Walmart automotive/tire shop is pretty low priced working with a single tire problem. Discount Tire Store if one is nearby may not even charge.TPMS shows 40 PSI while my manual tire gauge shows 70 on 2 of the tires.
Also on one of my tires, I feel a little water coming out as I press the valve.
Tomorrow, I will go buy another tire gauge to see what it says.
I have the Accutire gauge and it's pretty accurate. TPMS and gauge of within .5....
Did that tire have the valve cap on securely?...........Also on one of my tire, I feel a little water coming out as I press the valve.......
One of the benefits of nitrogen being used in airplane tires to reduce water vapors. Nitrogen is used in the NASCAR tires preventing any rim corrosion.:wtf: Really? Can you site a credible source that says nitrogen resists moisture? That's just plain BS!
Yea, right..Nitrogen does not resist water vapor. It just doesn't contain humidity when a clean source is used.
Race teams (of all kinds) use nitrogen because it is more stable pressure-wise as it heats. It has nothing to do with corrosion.
So many myths about the wonders of nitrogen...
I rented a tank of nitrogen from a welding supplier here in town years ago to do my '07 TCH tires. When I bought the '12 XLE TCH the dealer had already put nitrogen in them. The hybrid tech told me this new nitrogen generator they use has the ability to somehow pulse the tires eliminating almost all the air, then fills them to normal pressure with nitrogen. It was like $35 added to the cost of my new car.I'll agree with most of that. The fuel economy and handling claims are pretty much wishful thinking, but it does make sense to use a less caustic and more stable fill for your tires where possible. Problem is... most places don't have a way to pull a vacuum and remove the air that's already in the tire. They just fill them with nitrogen. Partially effective at least I guess.