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Unread 10-29-2011, 02:32 AM   #1
severewinds
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Tire sensor values and the "dealer"

Quite annoyed with the fact that to replace the tire sensor cuz the cheap part they originally used suffers from corrosion.

So for $185 that ONE item was replaced and tire reinstalled improperly.

I found this morning after hearing some noise back there some lug nuts where lose. So I pulled out my star wrench and tightened them up and again when i got home.

Should I jack it up and redo it? Or am I ok to make sure its torqued as is. I have not heard any other noise since and no oddness in how it drives or vibrations.

Anyone know if the new ones they are using are the same crap? or have they been "improved".

I looked at the one they did in Feb. and it appears to look brand new still...

On top of that I think I am done with that particular dealer as a shop and will try some other Jeep places around town here.

I've looked at third party tire places but I don't have much confidence in them as they didn't seem to either.

Thanks!

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Unread 10-29-2011, 07:50 AM   #2
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I would recheck the wheel torque again. I would also call and notify their service department. Someone there needs wrote up. Some shops its automatic termination. For your tire pressure sensors, are you using the stock plastic caps that came with them, likely a small grey cap? Very few come with any kind of metal caps, and should be avoided due to galvonic corrosion, from being different metals. Plain black plastic caps dont work either, as they lack the sealing ability to keep moisture out. Lastly, your state's snow removal procedures are likely a big culprit, with the sodium chloride they dump on the roads. Out here they call it a pollutant, and its not used on the roads.
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Unread 10-29-2011, 10:52 AM   #3
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Jacked her up and redid it. Thanks.

Whats funny is now I have 3 different style stems.

two of the older ones. a newer one still silver in color. and now the new one is a gold plated one.

Nice lol.
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Unread 10-29-2011, 06:53 PM   #4
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They probably started anodizing the aluminum stem on the sensor to reduce corrosion. The silver one is like what I've seen mostly. GM has dabbled with rubber stem models, and Ford with with bands holding the sensor in the middle of the wheel, so its not exposed to the outside at all.
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Unread 10-30-2011, 07:16 AM   #5
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ALWAYS lift the weight of the vehicle off the wheel to torque the lug nuts, use a cross pattern to tighten and tighten the nut evenly. Vehicle weight on the wheel can create problems including undertorqued(loose) lugs, rotor warp or broken studs.....

My tire guy recommends application of periodic corrosion removal and a light application of WD40 to displace moisture in the valve stem...works for me.
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Unread 10-30-2011, 08:18 AM   #6
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Sounds familiar! I whipped out my torque wrench to make sure it was even.

My dad used to use vasoline, but WD40 should do the trick.

Thanks!
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