I have a 2008 Vibe and want to get a set of used steel wheels on which
to get snow tires fitted. The installer (Costco) says they are not
allowed to install tires if the vehicle originally had TPMS and does not
have functioning TPMS.
I have just discovered that a local junk yard that lets people remove
parts themselves has a 2003 Vibe. If I can get the wheels for a good
price (with the TPMS sensors, assuming it has them), would they work
with the 2008 TPMS? Same frequency, etc.?
03 won't have TPMS. TPMS didn't start on the Vibe until the 05 model year.
Go to carpart.com punch in the information and it will show you salvage
yards in your area that have the wheels you are looking for.
I found the TPMSdirect.com Web site, which shows the same Part# as I
found on a GM parts Web site (88974915), but none of the other makes and
models (whether GM or Toyota) I've checked on the TPMSdirect.com Web
site seems to use the same part.
I don't have much time to take advantage of Costco's $70 discount on the
tires I want plus $60 discount on the installation charge, so maybe I'll
settle for just the wheels from the pick-your-part Vibe, and let Costco
charge me for a new set of TPMS sensors; that's what I had to do to get
them to install snow tires on the steelies I put on the Chrysler 300M
two winters ago -- the only trouble with them is that I have to go back
to Costco every winter to have them reprogram the car's TPMS receiver to
recognize the "foreign" sensors.
On 11/06/2016 01:31 PM, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
I suspect I have on the order of 100 wrecking yards to choose from, and
they're all connected to one another -- call one, and if they don't have
it they'll find it for you. Sometimes they'll even bring it from the
distant yard to the one you called. They obviously agree among
themselves on a price. They also take cores and accept returns. Very
helpful. On the whole, I like wrecking-yard guys.
"When your enemies are making mistakes, don't interrupt them."
They all go by Hollanders suggested prices.
For several summers during school I used to work at a junkyard and that
is what we and other yards used.
Junkyards around Houston do not show up on Hollanders or car-part.com.
Don't know why. The nearest parts for my 06 Kia are hundreds of miles away.
Last time I bought something at a junkyard was... maybe 20 years ago.
Damn. The independent GM guy who fixed my 88 Cad maybe 3 years ago had
a real bitch finding one weird throttle part, and couldn't find any of
Gone to the knackers now. Sorry, in a way, but mostly not.
"I'm not proud. We really haven't done everything we could to protect
On 11/05/2016 03:58 PM, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
Well, the pick-your-part 2003 Vibe (the only Vibe in the yard) turned
out to have only three wheels -- and alloy, which would be much more
expensive. I couldn't find any other wheels that seemed to be the
correct size* either; I've never seen so many cars without any wheels at
* Costco says they are not allowed to fit tires on non-standard-size
wheels. I had to work hard to persuade them to fit snow tires on the
16-in. steelies I got for the 300M; I ended up telling them to pretend
it was a Concorde.
Easy way around most of those restrictions. Take the rims/tires ONLY to
the store, have the tires you want mounted, balanced. Look up the tire
fitment you want before you go as well. Just be aware that you pretty
much let them off the hook if you tell them you are installing the tire
on a different vehicle than they put down.
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