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  1. Spare Tire Cover Elastic Has Ossified

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    Holy cow! I didn't know that such things existed. I will have to look into getting one of those. Thanks for the tip.
  2. Spare Tire Cover Elastic Has Ossified

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    You know..... now that you mention it, I did put a couple of extra pounds into the spare so that I would not have to take the cover off so often to check it. I wonder if that is why it was so difficult to get it all the way back on this time. And forget the palm of my hand, I punched it with my...
  3. Spare Tire Cover Elastic Has Ossified

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    Thanks for the info. I have read all the tips and followed them for the last 10 years and managed to get the cover on/off OK. It is only recently that it has become impossible for me to do it. It is a bit chilly up here in the North East, but not as cold as it will get before the Winter is...
  4. Spare Tire Cover Elastic Has Ossified

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    I recently took the spare tire cover off to check the tire pressure. It took me 15 minutes to get it off and a half hour (more) to put it back on... mostly.... I never did get it completely back on. I can't budge it now. I have a 2006 with the elastic spare tire cover, and now that the car is...
  5. Mixing Tire Brands

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    I don't do my own tire work, and the big box tire places might be reluctant to put in standard rubber valves. The outrageous $$$ to keep the TPMS system going does seem to be a bit too much for the small value of the feature, especially when 2/3 of the inflation problems are caused the the TPMS...
  6. Mixing Tire Brands

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    Just to fan the flames a bit, here is a snippet from the actual TREAD act that mandates the TPMS. The document this is from is: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 571 [Docket No. NHTSA 2000-8572] RIN 2127-AI33 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety...
  7. Mixing Tire Brands

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    Sorry if I confused you. The air leaks were caused by the Toyota OEM stems, which are aluminum and cost $128.74 each plus $45 to swap each out.They are all one unit and must be replaced in their entirety when they fail. So that costs me $173.74 each time one of these things starts to leak. In...
  8. Mixing Tire Brands

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    Quick update. I found the sensors on Amazon. Schrader 33000 EZ-Sensor Programmable TPMS - 315 MHz $46.29 on Amazon. They charged me $50, so it was a fair price. Gets mixed reviews on Amazon. Far as I can tell, they are working on the Rav4. As they told me, the stem itself is a $5 replacement...
  9. Mixing Tire Brands

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    That is kind of what I thought. I do not know if the tires were identical in all other ways, he only mentioned brand name. It sounded sort of like magic. Now I am a bit concerned about the sensors he put in there. I do not have a manufacturer or brand. They were sensors with rubber stems. The...
  10. Mixing Tire Brands

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    I had a strange experience at the Tire Store yesterday. I had to take it in again to have a TPMS stem replaced. I have had six flats on the 2006 in 8 years, and 4 of them were caused by the [email protected]# aluminum TPMS stems and rusting wheels. But that is a different rant. When I was there, the...
  11. That pesky rear wiper blade!

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    I could not figure out how to edit the original post to update the photo links, so I have repeated the instructions in this post with new links. Sorry about the double post. The first thing you have to do is pry off the cover over the arm attachment in order to tilt the arm back far enough to...
  12. Driving on the spare

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    Thanks, everybody for the suggestions. I do have the tires rotated every 6 months, but I don't do it myself (getting too old for that). The previous rotations did not involve the spare. I will have to think a bit more before I decide.
  13. Driving on the spare

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    I just got a flat fixed on my 2006. When the shop fixed the tire, they put it back on the door and left the new spare on the car. I now have a situation with three older tires on the car with one brand new spare, and one of the old tires being used as a spare. I am wondering if I should put the...
  14. Power steering not working.

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    Last Summer I had a similar problem, but not from the cold. The car had been parked in a lot all day and the temperatures were in the 90's. The air inside of the car must have been at 120 or hotter after sitting in the sun all day. I started the car and immediately rolled down the windows to...
  15. Lost my mast

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    Well my only suggestion then would be to try an Easy Out. If you have drilled a hole into the screw already the Easy Out should bite into it and allow you to unscrew it. If you have wrecked the threads inside of the screw mount then I suppose you will have to replace it. I have not done that and...
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