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post #481 of 560 (permalink) Old 7th February 2009
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Just replaced my N/S/R tyre valve, it cost a shade over 27 from the dealer and I am fortunate enought to work for a company who has their own workshops and using the workshop local to me was able to program the valve using their Autodiagnos machine, it was a doddle all it asked me to do was enter the valve number which was on a sticker on the valve and confirm I wanted to write the code to the ECU . So how come dealerships charge so much (I was quoted 95 to program when I bought the valve), how do they sleep at night!!
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Exactly!!! As electronics get more complex garages will try and extract more money for what they think is a soft touch. Fortunately there are those indy garages out there who can keep up and provide a competitive service. The answer is obvious - boycott the sharks and the manufactureres who seek to exploit. It is becoming more the norm for manufacutrers to build in complex systems that will ensure (or so they hope!!) that dealers will be attracted to sell their products hoping that they will have exclusive access to repairs. Gone are the days of mechanics capable of innovation and now we have a breed of fitter who will change parts solely on the basis of a computer based diagnostic (despite the fact that the parts changed have no effect on a proer solution to the faults). I know from what could have been an expensive experience how easily it can be to trust (?) the experts(?) in the vain hope that they can solve a problem.
If there any of you out there who still retain something approaching professional pride in being able to actually fix things I hope you will continue to do so as for the rest I for one will not be shelling out big bucks to keep the boys in smart suits in the style to which they have become accustomed. As the crunch deepens we will see more dealerships come to realise that service is what counts or disappear. We should be more like other nations and COMPLAIN when we get less than 100% satisfaction.
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Hi, I've heard that a way of disabling the Tyre Pressure Warning System is to replace the valves with standard ones, then with the engine running pull out fuse 2.

Can anyone confirm that this works and are there any adverse effects. (Apart from the Insurance sistuation)?
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Hi nclough2
I have all sensor valves working because I can't see the point of having the feature if it is not in action. Touch wood I have not had any problem for at least 2 years. I just purchased my sensor valves and got local tyre company to put them in. I did give the numbers to my Renault dealer who recorded which wheels they were on. They are really usefull to report low pressure on puncture warnings.
However my friend has a Laguna and has all normal valves on it . It just shows a picture of a car with no wheel faults listed.. There was no need to remove a fuse.
Good luck.
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Tyre Valves

Does anyone know what flavour of green cheese the valves are made of.

In the two years I have owned my Lag II, I have snapped two valves, simply by offering up a garage air line connector to them.

Now the car has always had plastic caps, so dissimilar metal corrosion should not have been a factor.

It's just so very annoying when it happens......not to mention extremely expensive (new valve plus programming). Not only that, most tyre firms do not stock, and you have to troll off down to the main dealer's parts department - but not after 12 noon on a Saturday (which is generally round about the time I tend to snap these things off....).

The pressure sensing system has always worked reliably for me, though (touch wood). The box of tricks under the car almost fell off at one stage......rubbish clips, and repaired with tie-wraps.

Does anyone know if later Lags (post 2004) have had the cheesy valve problem sorted? And are the pressure monitoring systems better?

Great forum by the way. The climate control backlight repair advice saved me squillions.......deep joy
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