I don't remember if my car at home has tire-pressure monitoring but the
rental car does and of course the rental company gave me no information
about how to use it.
It seems to me that when the light goes on, and I add some air to one or
two tires that accept the air, even if I don't add enough, or maybe I
add too much, then I hold the button in until the light goes off, and
even if I have low pressure in a couple tires, even if the tires are
uneven, the light will go off and will stay off because I said that that
was okay. Is that right?
It seems very unreliable, especially since I didn't bring a tire
pressure gauge, and though you can set the pumps here to the desired
pressure, they don't seem to make any noise when filling or done
In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 14 Apr 2019 23:04:59 -0700, T
The rental contract doesn't say anything about tires. They rent more
than one make and model of car, so if they are all similar, I'm asking
here. If they are all different, I doubt customer service will know
about my specific car. It's a Mazda 2.
I'm not in the US and there is no 800 number, but there is customer
service. Still I doubt they'll know about something as small as the
tire pressure, .
Also, I'm interested in how these things work in general, not just this
I've been here for weeks and haven't noticed any tire centers. There are
auto repair shops, but a good chance the mechanic won't speak English,
or if he does, not well enough to explain details of tire pressure.
He'll just say "Push the button.".
How does the saying go? Be careful how you treat your
children. They will be the ones choosing your rest home.
Think of a facility thousands of miles away AND YOU WILL
GET YOUR OWN ROOM!
Be fun to know where he is residing.
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:42:55 -0400, Ed Pawlowski
I'm sure at least one tire was low, and that the same tire was low the
But you also have to push a button on the dash, right?
Mine doesn't show which tire.
Okay, I got the manual for a 2017 Mazda2 and it says
'' To allow the system to operate correctly, the system needs to be
initialized with the specifed tyre pressure (value on the tyre pressure
label). Follow the procedure and perform the initialization.
Each tyre, including the spare (if provided), should be checked monthly
and inÀ ated to the inÀ ation pressure recommended by the vehicle
manufacturer on the
vehicle placard or tyre inÀ ation pressure label. (If your vehicle has
tyres of a different
size than the size indicated on the vehicle placard or tyre inÀ ation
pressure label, you
should determine the proper tyre inÀ ation pressure for those tyres.)
As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been equipped with a tyre
monitoring system (TPMS) that illuminates a low tyre pressure telltale
when one or
more of your tyres is signi¿ cantly under-inÀ ated. Accordingly, when
the low tyre
pressure telltale illuminates, you should stop and check your tyres as
soon as possible,
and inÀ ate them to the proper pressure.
So, IMO, I'm right, the system is of no value for me because I don't
know when a tire is correctly inflated.
I will add an undertermined amount of air every time the light goes on
and when I return the car, I will tell them that the light went on 2 (or
more maybe by then) times.
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:44:21 -0400, Ed Pawlowski
That would be nice.
I guess I have the cheap model.
But that's why it would be in their interest to explain what I'm
supposed to do. Another reason I'm not going to bother to ask them is
that I don't mind driving on a tire that is slightly low. The car still
handles the same. They are the ones suffering a little extra tire wear,
and I'm not going to chase them to find out how to fill the tires.
Actually, I reserved a the cheapest AT model they had, but they didnt'
have it when I landed, so they gave me the Mazda2, one or 1.5 levels
better, and said they'd call me in about a week to trade it in for the
really cheap one. They didn't so I wrote them and reminded them that I
was ready to go back to cheaper. I hope they remember that when I
return the car.
This car is supposed to carry 5 people. (The really cheap one carried
four, or course.) That means there is a head restraint in the middle of
the back seat, and at least once it kept me from seeing what was going
on in the car behind me. Plus I presume the car is a bit wider than the
really cheap car, and there are narrow streets clogged with cars and it
might be better to thave a narrower car.
Maybe by now all the cars have bluetooth** but that wasn't true last
year. The rental companies here keep cars for several years.
**I've gotten more calls while driving in the last 6 weeks, 5 or 6, than
in a whole year or two at home.
OK - I was wrong on one point. The "brain dead" Mazda system needs
to have the button pushed to shut off the light - but I WAS RIGHT in
that the button also RECALIBRATES the system to whatever pressure the
tires are at when the button is pushed. I have just posted in a
previous post links to the information supporting my statement - and I
am also 100% positive of my assessment of your part in the whole saga.
You don't need much for a quick trip to the store. On a long trip, I
really like the goodies. I listen to satellite radio with no
commercials, the temperature is where I want it without touching a
control, the navigation even shows me what lane to be in at the exit
Yeah, I'm spoiled, but I'm worth it.
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