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Old 10-11-2013, 10:57 PM   #11
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We had a GMC Canyon and the TPMS light was on for most of two years. Three diffeent dealers couldn't make the light stay off. We just ignored it and one day when we were having it serviced at a friends private shop he noticed the light and hooked up his code reader. Wouldn't you know it was a bad sensor. The dealerships just kept resetting it and never ran a check for codes. Several hundred dollars later (now out of warranty) the problem was fixed.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:29 AM   #12
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Follow Up Question...

Is there a way I can disable TPMS on my Duramax. I have a known bad sensor that I don't care to pay $80 to replace. Now everytime I start the truck I get the TPMS idiot light and DIC message that says "Service Tire Monitor Systems". The message I can make go away, but that light is always on.

Further, if I reduce my rear pressure to 60PSI, the of couse the TPMS will call out low pressure.

Lastly, since the **** things need to be programmed everytime the tires are rotated it cost $8-$10 for the tire shop to run their bluetooth progammer to set the sensor.

All in all - when I learned to drive checking tire PSI, oil, coolant, etc are all things we did. Maybe I am old school (still in my 30's however) but I still check those things. I dont' need a TPMS -- but I can't figure our how to disable the **** things.

**** I guess D.A.M.N is not a family friendly word on the forum -- my applogies.
You can program them yourself. I have done it. There is a procedure in your manual. I recently purchased 4 TPMS sensors for under $50 off EBay. You can also get them off of Amazon. The ones I got were not OEM but are compatible replacements. The have worked well on my 2007 Tahoe. As to the low pressure alarm level you my be able adjust that,
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:45 AM   #13
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You can program them yourself. I have done it. There is a procedure in your manual. I recently purchased 4 TPMS sensors for under $50 off EBay. You can also get them off of Amazon. The ones I got were not OEM but are compatible replacements. The have worked well on my 2007 Tahoe. As to the low pressure alarm level you my be able adjust that,
Thanks for the input. I have read where you can put the ignition in ACC and use the button on the dash as well as the brake peddle I believe, however that doesn't work on my LMM, rumor is GM eliminated that on diesel LLY models -- in gasser LLY = 2005-2007.5. Mid year '07 GM changed from LLY to LMM
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:03 AM   #14
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Here's the procedure for reprogramming the TPMS for my 2009 GMC (LMM). It's from the 2009 GMC Sierra Owner Manual. I would think this (or a similar) procedure would be found in the owner's manual for your truck, if you have it.


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Old 10-14-2013, 06:23 AM   #15
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I can't imagine only getting 20-30,000 miles on a set if tires. My original OEM set lasted for 55,000 and my second set (Michelin LTX MS) lasted for 70,000. They had probably another 10,000 in them, but I just didn't want to load them up heavy with them getting a bit thin. I'm now on another set of LTX MS. I run 60 psi in all four tires all the time except when towing when I put 80 in the rear. I also rotate the tires every 5,000 miles.
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I can't imagine only getting 20-30,000 miles on a set if tires. My original OEM set lasted for 55,000 and my second set (Michelin LTX MS) lasted for 70,000. They had probably another 10,000 in them, but I just didn't want to load them up heavy with them getting a bit thin. I'm now on another set of LTX MS. I run 60 psi in all four tires all the time except when towing when I put 80 in the rear. I also rotate the tires every 5,000 miles.
I guess it's a mystery, Ed. The OEMs on my truck were Bridgestone and they were toast at around 18-19K. I replaced them with Cooper. I have around 34K mileage on this truck and I know if did the Lincoln penny test, I'd see all of his head. My truck is equipped with the optional locking rear differential. However, I don't think it would be a contributing factor as to why the tire life is so short.

The only difference between us that I can think of is maybe the terrain. I live in a hilly, somewhat mountainous, area with winter weather conditions. I've never been to Alabama (but we do like the Wintzell's Oyster Bar that recently opened here in Pittsburgh- their first restaurant location outside of Alabama), so I don't have any knowledge of the terrain. However, I'm quite certain that, overall, your winters are much milder than here.

I tried a set Michelins on my previous truck (a 1996 Ford F-250 Supercab w/PowerStroke diesel). While they did last longer, I didn't feel it was long enough to justify their additional cost.
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Limited slip differentials do increase tire wear slightly especially when you drive on curved roads in wet conditions. The limited slip differentials work by friction plates that only allow the wheels to travel at a different speed after a certain amount of force is applied. The net effect of this is the tires are effectively dragging in turns especially in low traction conditions such as wet roads. Rear tire wear is usually related to acceleration in pickup trucks. I got just under 50k on my factory tires. I had a 2004 Silverado 3500 LT. I did rotate my tires about every 5k. The other thing I did was run studded snow tires in the winter and my factory tires in the summer.
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Our winters here are pretty mild and since I full time I'm glad. It keeps the heating costs down.
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On a recent month long trip through out the rockies I had a lot of wear on the outside rib of my rear tires which is odd, the tire pressure was maxed but so was the load. Lots of pulling in the hills and lots of weight = lots of wear to the rear tires. I do rotate every 5K miles.

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Ours were getting to 'skinny' for my liking and replaced all 6 before heading South for the winter last year.

It was just time.
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