• Tire Inflators

    From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to All on Fri Feb 12 08:14:36 2016
    I should have bought one of these a long time ago.

    I have a Plug-in Prius without a spare tire, and they ship a semi-proprietary tire goop/inflator combination that kills the TPMS sensor.

    I bought a kit with a tube of TPMS-friendly Slime and a 12v inflator. Instead of going to the gas station, asking them to turn on the air (that used to be free) and switch back and forth between the air hose and my hand-held pressure gauge, now I plug the inflator into one of the lighter sockets, attach the
    hose to the tire stem, turn it on, use the built-in gauge to check inflation, and flip the switch when I get to the pressure I want. Repeat x 4.

    So. Much. Easier.
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  • From Nicholas Boel@1:154/10 to Kurt Weiske on Fri Feb 12 16:47:30 2016
    Hello Kurt,

    On 12 Feb 16 08:14, Kurt Weiske wrote to All:

    I should have bought one of these a long time ago.

    I have a Plug-in Prius without a spare tire, and they ship a semi-proprietary tire goop/inflator combination that kills the TPMS sensor.

    I bought a kit with a tube of TPMS-friendly Slime and a 12v inflator. Instead of going to the gas station, asking them to turn on the air
    (that used to be free) and switch back and forth between the air hose
    and my hand-held pressure gauge, now I plug the inflator into one of
    the lighter sockets, attach the hose to the tire stem, turn it on, use
    the built-in gauge to check inflation, and flip the switch when I get
    to the pressure I want. Repeat x 4.

    So. Much. Easier.

    The fact still remains that you have a Prius. :)

    Regards,
    Nick

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  • From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to Nicholas Boel on Sat Feb 13 09:25:21 2016
    Re: Re: Tire Inflators
    By: Nicholas Boel to Kurt Weiske on Fri Feb 12 2016 04:47 pm

    The fact still remains that you have a Prius. :)

    I was a hater before I got this one - now I love it. I drive about 24,000 miles a year in commute traffic. With 0% financing and 60+ blended electric/gas mpg, I almost pay for the car in gas savings over the 2002 Camry it replaced.

    I got one of the last ones before California paused its carpool lane sticker program (electric and partial-electric vehicles get to use the carpool lanes) and the stickers have saved me a ton of time getting to/from work.

    I drove the Camry to work yesterday, I'm getting it ready to sell after sitting for a while. My commute to work is a 2-lane freeway surrounded by redwood trees over a 1700 foot pass or a windy country road surrounded by farms and trees. 6 cylinders, 190 HP and fatter, non low-rolling-resistance tires made for a much more fun drive...
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  • From jahmas@1:322/757 to Kurt Weiske on Mon Feb 15 17:03:49 2016
    Re: Re: Tire Inflators

    The fact still remains that you have a Prius. :)
    I was a hater before I got this one - now I love it. I drive about 24,000 mil a year in commute traffic. With 0% financing and 60+ blended electric/gas mpg I almost pay for the car in gas savings over the 2002 Camry it replaced.
    I got one of the last ones before California paused its carpool lane sticker program (electric and partial-electric vehicles get to use the carpool lanes) and the stickers have saved me a ton of time getting to/from work.

    My wife has one that she leased and then bought when the lease was up. I felt very uncomfortable with it when I first drove it. Actually it is the only
    car that has ever distorted my vision when you combine my glasses Rx with the curvature of the front windshield. It's too low for any kind of snow but I
    did a tire search or tirerack and found her some all season tires that had
    much better snow and slush grip than the OEM tires. This seems to be pretty much true of most OEM tires. Yet I have to admit, the Prius is the VW beetle for the new millenium. When Toyota's stock went down due to the accelerator pedal issue, I quickly bought stock in Toyota and sat on it for a couple of years and made a nice little profit too :)

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  • From Kurt Weiske@1:218/700 to jahmas on Mon Feb 15 19:23:30 2016
    Re: Re: Tire Inflators
    By: jahmas to Kurt Weiske on Mon Feb 15 2016 05:03 pm

    My wife has one that she leased and then bought when the lease was up. I felt very uncomfortable with it when I first drove it. Actually it is the only car that has ever distorted my vision when you combine my glasses Rx with the curvature of the front windshield.

    I'm surprised I didn't run into that -- I've got progressive lenses.

    with the curvature of the front windshield. It's too low for any kind of snow but I did a tire search or tirerack and found her some all season tires that had much better snow and slush grip than the OEM tires.

    It's too low for EVERYTHING. It bottoms out over everything, and cut a turn out of a parking space with a curb to the side and SCRAPE!

    snow but I did a tire search or tirerack and found her some all season tires that had much better snow and slush grip than the OEM tires. This seems to be pretty much true of most OEM tires.

    Mine came with bridgestone Ecopia EP20s, which got me about 41K miles. I bought Michelin Defenders to replace them, and the handling improvement is like night and day. And they're rated for 90K. I don't think I'll get that, but should get better than 41K!

    Prius is the VW beetle for the new millenium. When Toyota's stock went down due to the accelerator pedal issue, I quickly bought stock in Toyota and sat on it for a couple of years and made a nice little profit too :)

    One of the checklists in my scheduled maintainance stops is "check driver's side floor mats" and advise the customer not to double-up mats.

    The Prius came with flimsy carpet mats. I bought those custom WeatherTech rubber mats and love them -- I live near the beach and my car is always full of sand!
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  • From Mark Hofmann@1:261/1304 to Kurt Weiske on Tue Feb 16 10:55:10 2016
    Mine came with bridgestone Ecopia EP20s, which got me about 41K miles. I bought Michelin Defenders to replace them, and the handling improvement
    is like night and day. And they're rated for 90K. I don't think I'll get that, but should get better than 41K!

    Those Michelin Defenders are fantastic tires! They are the best tires I have ever owned and made a huge difference in the drive in my Monte Carlo. The 90k mileage is great, too. I'm curious as to that number, but we shall see.

    When I need tires for my Charger, I will be getting the Defenders.

    - Mark

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