Technology costs money. How many bells and whistles can you afford?
Technology costs money. How many bells and whistles can you afford? i
My wife's 9-4X Premium XWD tire pressure monitor showed the right rear tire had a slow leak. To double check, I added enough air to bring it up to spec, but a couple of days later it was down again. A trip to to the tire store found a self-tapping metal screw in the center of the tread. It had run long enough to wear off the hex portion of the head. Even with the big screw in there, the tire was only losing a couple of PSI per day.
I normally do all my own routine maintenance, such as oil changes and rotating tires. However, the tire pressure monitors require a reset to acclimate them to a new location, so while the car was on the hoist, I had them rotate the tires.
So, $15 for a flat repair, $15 for a tire rotation and $15 for the tire pressure monitor reboot. Total of $48 for a flat repair.
On the one hand, it's nice and lazy to be able to push a button and see the tire pressure. On the other hand, I've got ten tire pressure gauges, one in each vehicle and I'm used to using them, plus impact gun, floor jack and mechanics seat. If the tires last 40,000 miles, paying for the rotation and reset will add $150 to the cost of each set of tires. Not a lot in the greater scheme of things, but once again, there's no free lunch.
except for the nail, there's free lunch.
you can rotate them yourself and do the relearn process yourself. it is in the manual, but if it says it requires a relearn tool, that isn't true. you can do it by letting air out of the tire for EXACTLY 5 seconds, and that triggers a relearn event for the car. similar story for other GM cars. google about it and you will see on other car forums where GM switched from a manual process to requiring this tool, but the old method of letting air out of each tire in an established pattern and timing works. I have successfully done it without a relearn tool.
charging for that is low in my opinion. they should do that as a courtesy.
so at the end of the day, it would only be $15 for the flat repair.