Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Dan DiBiase d_dibiase at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 23 16:24:48 EDT 2006

DeWitt Harrison <six-rs at comcast.net> wrote: On Mon, 23 Oct 2006 08:35:47 -0400
         lgregf at aol.com wrote:

> Folks, does anyone know a way to turn off the TPMS in a 2006 A6?  I want
to install winter tires & wheels > but also want to avoid the cost of the
additional transmitters.

If your system works like the one in my 2006 itinifnI, missing
tire pressure sensors are ignored, are shown as 'blank' or
'missing' in the info display and do not generate any alarms.
Only a valid 'low pressure' signal will generate an alarm.
When I fitted the car with winter wheels and tires, I went
through an annoying process to be sure the new setup had
TPMS so as to avoid bogus alarms. Total waste of time
provided you are capable of measuring tire pressure all by
your itty bitty self. ;-)

These protect-you-from-yourself systems are growing ever
more annoying. You should read what the automotive engineers
have in store for your future. Just plain scary. Get this: tens
of millions are being spent right now to develop a reliable
system to detect 'driver drowsiness.' I guess there will be
what amounts to a hand which comes out of the dash to
administer a smart slap to the drooping driver. Except that
the wake-up stimulus can't be so startling that the driver
would overreact and crash anyway. Why are technology
companies always working so hard to set themselves up
for huge lawsuits?

I'm thinking a little electricity through the steering wheel....? Shoot, they already are doing that with heated wheels, just create a little short-circuit when the driver nods off! 

One cool feature is the new Lexus LS with the auto parallel parking. It's stupid and cool at the same time......

Dan D
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6 w/manual parallel parking
Central NJ USA

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