Valve stems/Tires/Tire Pressure Monitors
My '99 SLE has the OEM chrome wheels... at 70K and 110K I replaced my Aquatreads in pairs to TripleTreds at a real Goodyear dealer. I've had nothing but grief with the valve stem seals since. I have taken the car back for new stems repeatedly. I've noticed a little corrosion on the wheels, but nothing serious... yet I wonder if these wheels are known for having problems with valve stem seals. I have one tire that needs a refill every 36 hours... its a real PITA.
Right now I'm at 165K and I'm estimating I have about 10K left on all four tires in my current rotation, so I'm starting to think about what tires to get. I like the TripleTreds, but I'm pissed at GoodYear for not fixing the valve stem problem. Anyone have any recommendations for similar tires? Decent balance of performance/weather/durability? Consumer Reports seems to feel the TripleTreds are the best compromise, last I checked.
Since I am going to be doing some tire changing, I was looking at the aftermarket tire pressure monitoring systems. Has anyone had any experience with these? Will the transmitters last a few years? Due to my valve stem problems, I'm worried that since these replace the valve stems, they might get old and leak... making replacement alot more expensive than the standard $2 valve stem. Any thoughts?