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Chevrolet Uplander, Tires, Van
#19 of 35 Re: message #17 [crisb]
Dec 05, 2009 (9:54 pm)
Yes. I got price quotes from my local shop and from my local GM dealer. Do remember that "price quotes" do vary from region to region. Thus, do call a few auto shops in your specific. It only takes a 5 minute phone call - to chat with each auto shop....
Unknown to me (and not told during my initial "price quote" gathering tasks), I also discovered my local GM dealer also stores my old summer rubber/rims during the winter for "free". They let some air out of each tire, wrap each tire with UV protection plastic wrap, label it good and store all 4 tires in large steel bins. In the spring (around April 10), I simply re-visit my local GM dealer, they remove my current "in use" winter rubber/rims from my mini-van, and they re-mount my currently being stored summer rubber/rims back on. And, their tire "seaonal exchange" tasks only costs $5 (for all 4 tires) "more" then my local auto shop. And best of all, I don't have to store my opposite season tires/rims at my house (that has limited storage space). Talk about a great "turn key" service from my local GM dealer as well...
When chatting with your local auto shops &/or your local GM dealer, do ask if they provide opposite season tire storage services as well. For me, my local GM's "free service" is worth it... And being GM, their storage keeps my vehicle's & its tires warranty conditions non-arguementive as well.
Hope this helps as well...
#21 of 35 Tire Pressure Reading
Apr 11, 2009 (5:13 pm)
After tire rotation, What's the best way to calibrate, So you can view the readings on the dash?
#22 of 35 Re: Tire Pressure Reading [alarmnut]
Apr 25, 2009 (3:35 pm)
Around here you have to take it to the dealer and pay $50.00 to have them program each wheel to correspond with the computer. It is an 09 Uplander that shows tire pressure indepently on all four wheels.
When I bought 4 extra wheels so I could switch back and forth from studded winter tires to summer tires myself I didn't buy the sensors for each new rim at $45.00 a pop like they wanted me to do . Either rotation or switching from summer to winter tires will louse up the calibration of the sensors.
So now , the yellow light on the dash flashes for about 20 seconds and then goes to steady on. I have got so used to it that I don't even notice it anymore and I sure won't pay them 50 bucks every 10,000 KM when I rotate my tires.
They warned me that I won't know what my tire pressure is . Well . . . DUH ! ! .
I have been maintainig tire pressure on vehicles all my life ( I'm 73 ) and it's a no brainer .
They are going way too far on some of these stupid electronic gizzmos in the newer vehicles . They charge more for it originally and then they expect to get everyone to come back and pay 50 bucks to program it after every rotation. It's all about money with them .
Now after that little rant I must say that I really like my Uplander. It is one of the nicest vehicles I have ever owned . Got 11,000KM on it now and has been virtually trouble free except for a couple very minor things the dealer took care of. Great gas mileage and handles beautifully .
#23 of 35 Re: Tire Pressure Reading [williamyoung]
May 01, 2009 (11:51 am)
I know this topic is getting a little old, but:
There's no reason to pay anyone to program the tire pressure monitoring system - the procedure to do it is right in the owner's manual. Basically you turn the ignition on (don't start the engine) and press both buttons on the key fob. The horn will chirp. You then go to the front left tire and let air out of it for 5 seconds. The horn will chirp. Then you go to the front right and do the same. Then rear right and then rear left. The horn will chirp after each tire and will also chirp after the last one letting you know that you are done. You have 5 minutes to complete it or you have to start over.
The procedure is right in the owner's manual. I believe its in the section about the tire pressure monitoring system.
#24 of 35 Re: Tire Pressure Reading [442dude]
May 01, 2009 (4:02 pm)
Thanks a bunch for that very informative reply.
So that is what the dealers charge the 50 bucks for and don't want you to know . . . amazing.
I have my summer tires on now and they are on the new rims with no sensors but believe me when I put my winter ones back on in around October or November I will definitely try what you have explained because those rims have the original sensors in them .
#25 of 35 Re: Tire Pressure Reading [williamyoung]
May 04, 2009 (12:48 pm)
I'm glad to help...make sure you recheck your tire pressure once you've let air out of them to calibrate the sensors...
#26 of 35 Re: Tire Pressure Reading [442dude]
May 08, 2009 (11:58 pm)
This is maybe a dumb question on my part, but if every Uplander owner were to read their manuals or to ask their local Chevy dealer service manager how to reset the TPMS system after rotation, and if the managers also knew what the manual said, we wouldn't have to worry about spending $50 needlessly. And what happens a few years from now after these GM-Schrader-brand TPMS lithium batteries go dead, or if by accident we take our vehicles for a tire change to a shop that unknowingly damages a TPMS sensor? Currently, I'll allow only one particular shop here to work on our wheels because I know their mechanic obtained all the TPMS mfgrs training/certification. I admit that when this sytem works, it can save tires, fuel, wheel bearings, and lives...if nothing else, it tells us the instant a tire pressure isn't correct.
#27 of 35 Re: Tire Pressure Reading [fscoles]
May 09, 2009 (4:37 am)
No dumb questions in your post...my opinions, one at a time.
If every car owner took the time to read the owners manual they would save a lot of money from having things needlessly done to their vehicles that they either didn't need to do or could have done themselves in minutes. A good dealer would show you how to do it while they do it so you know for next time. A good dealer also wouldn't charge you for it since it takes 2 minutes.
When the batteries go dead my understanding is that they can be replaced. Since your tire guy is TPMS certified, he might have a recommendation as to the frequency of the batteries going dead. Maybe its worthwhile to replace the batteries every other time you replace the tires just to be safe? I don't know for sure?
When you go to a tire shop its smart to make a point of telling them that you have the sensors and that they work correctly. You may even have to demonstrate that they work. That way if they damage them during a tire change they are liable to replace them on their dime. And don't leave until you've verified that they are all working, even if you have to perform the "learn" procedure right in the parking lot.
I think you're right, its a good system and its definitely better than the old GM system which calculated that you have a low tire using the wheel speed sensors. GM isn't the 1st manufacturer to equip their vehicles with this system. It can be found on a bunch of vehicles from a bunch of manufacturers.
#28 of 35 Pressure Readout
May 09, 2009 (6:15 am)
My 08 Uplander has the Tire Monitor System readout and has consistantly given me either wrong info or no info. There will not be a pressure reading and it happens on all of the tires, not just one, as at first I thought it might be a bad sensor. Now, when I rotate the tires I cannot get the system to reset at all. Tried 6 times yesterday to recalibrate to no avail.