My Yaris, which is the bottom of the Toyota lineup, came with TPMS, ABS,
traction control and stability control as standard equipment. The
traction/stability control isn't bad in the winter but it makes playing in
the dirt difficult. I'm used to getting a little sideways but the computer
will have none of it.
Supposedly there is some arcane set of actions you can take to turn it off
but that only last until you turn the engine off.
A rim is a rim, a tire is a tire, and a set of tire irons is a set of tire
irons. The last time I had a problem breaking a tire down was on a '51
Chevy. Back then you had a bumper jack with a flat foot plate and the
standard method was to put the plate on the bead and jack away. I knew I had
a problem when the car went up and the bead didn't let go.
I've played with mine in the snow and it is impressive. Well, I shouldn't
say 'play' because you can't play anymore. Try to do a donut and you wind up
sitting in the parking lot when the car decides you're not qualified to
drive. Even getting the front to push a little on corners isn't going to
I won't mention politics but SMS's view that he is fully capable of
maintaining the pressure in his tires by checking it with a tire gauge but
the general populace is not and should be provided with a free benefit to
save themselves from themselves has a familiar ring to it.
That's not an option with mine. According to the Yaris forums if you put the
parking brake on and tap the brake pedal three times while holding your left
ear lobe with your right hand it will disable ESC. Turn the engine ogg and
I've learned to live with it. If I want to play, I've got the bikes. I had a
2007 with a manual and it was more fun. Bad timing, it was totalled by a
snowplow driver just when Japan melted down so I took what I could get
including the AT. All the rest of the stuff wasn't an option. I'll give the
Japanese that; there are dealer installed options but at least for the Yaris
the basic car gets the full meal deal.
As a matter of fact, yes. The car, pickup, and the bikes all have accurate,
well used pressure gauges. Your argument is similar to those who want to
pass a national helmet law. "It's not the idiot, it's the social cost after
he becomes a vegetable." I've got three fullface helmets on the shelf next
to me; sometimes I wear one, sometimes not, but I don't need a nanny to tell
me to button my jacket. I even have a bicycle helmet that I wore exactly
once; it was a requirement to ride the Trail of the Hiawatha.
Back to the original argument, there are 16 tires out in the driveway, not
counting the 4 bicycle tires. None are filled with nitrogen and all are
doing just fine.
No kids. The last time I drove a rental car I drove for any appreciable
distance was over 10 years ago. I did a walkaround before I left the
National lot. No, I didn't use a tire gauge but my right boot is finely
That's not how the helmet crowd tells it. Long term incapacitating injuries
are a social cost imposed on us all. I imagine they would like to outlaw
bikes altogether in the interests of womb to tomb comfort and safety.
Seatbelts were the same wheeze. I woll admit I used seatbelts before they
were mandatory. Driving from the passenger side after you've slid across a
vinyl bench seat is tricky.
Here in Manitoba we have a publically owned auto insurance company
called "Autopac". I pay about $800 per year for insurance on my 1998
Chevy Cavalier, and I'm told that's pretty good compared to for-profit
insurance companies operating in other provinces.
But, motorcycle insurance here is actually a lot higher than auto
insurance. The reason for that is that MOST car accidents are fender
benders involving less than $5,000 worth of body work to both vehicles
and occasionally some injury to the drivers. When a motorcycle gets
into an accident, the damage to the bike is a relatively small expense,
but the driver of the bike generally is much more seriously injured and
often has to spend months in the hospital and years in physiotherapy
afterward, and it's those medical expenses that are incurred after the
accident that makes motorcycle accidents so much more expensive to
I had a tenant who worked for Autopac, and he said that the morbid sense
of humour is that in a motorcycle accident, you hope the biker gets
killed, that way there's no medical expenses to pay.
Correction...... what I thought was a cut on the sidewall turned out to
be cosmetic. There was a screw in the tread causing the leak. How did
I find out? I got such a run-around at the tire stores that I decided
to stop looking for a "bargain" and went to my neighborhood mechanic.
If it was going to cost $100 for a tire, I would rather give him the
Within 2 minutes he had found a leak - screw in the tread. Sidewall was
just a cosmetic scratch from scraping the curb. Total charge $15 plus I
gave him some extra $$.
The lessons here for me are to only do business with people you trust,
and there is no free lunch.
Now, about the tire store run around....
Every one of them I called on the phone had a different story and price
when I showed up.
For example.... one $55 tire over the phone at Big O Tires ended up
being $107 after tax, balance, installation and recycle fee. The "4 for
2" special now being advertised by Big O Tires turned out to be four $55
tires plus extras, totaling over $400: two tires at $70 each plus $40
times 4 for balance, installation, tax and recycle fee, plus the
"required" super deluxe lifetime front end alignment for $110.
I have a slow lead in the side wall that came from scraping some kind of
sharp object laying by the curb. Looks like a 1/2-inch cut, but jagged.
Tire is tubeless radial. Is it possible to patch something like this
on the side wall? Patch kits say they are for the tread but don't say
specifically not to use them on the side.
2nd thought -- can I put a tube in it? Seems like I remember tire
places say tubeless can't be fixed with a tube, but I can't see why not.
Anyway, thanks in advance for any help.
I rented a 2004 Malibu for a long trip and did a walkaround.
Had 5000 miles on it. Tires looked okay.
I was about 60 miles from home before I got it to 70 mph.
It was all over the road, and I really thought the alignment was
screwed up, and I was going to have to take it back.
No way I could drive it for 1200 miles. As a last resort I bought a
tire gage. The right front had 14 psi. Low profile tires.
TPMS would have alerted to that.
I started wearing them when they became available because of that.
Once I wore them, I never went back.
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