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Old 11-09-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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ZL1 tire pressure sensors @ the track

thinking about a track day or two next summer. have extra wheels/tires. when I switch wheels at the track do I have to "reset" tire pressure sensors some how or does the car do it automatically? or will I get an error? also where is the best place to buy the sensors? GM or aftermarket?
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Old 11-09-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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thinking about a track day or two next summer. have extra wheels/tires. when I switch wheels at the track do I have to "reset" tire pressure sensors some how or does the car do it automatically? or will I get an error? also where is the best place to buy the sensors? GM or aftermarket?
If you switch wheels, yes you will need to reset the sensors if you want to be able to monitor your tire pressures.
If you don't you will end up getting a 'service tpms' on the DIC.

If you are switching the wheels just to race and you'll be putting the originals back on after racing. do nothing. You'll just see the message during racing.

On the ZL1's you need a special 'tool' to reset the sensors. Either the dealer can do it for you usually for free and takes only 2min, or there you can buy the tool yourself. It sells for around $50-60 I believe.

All the 'tool' is, is an electronic transmitter that you hold next to each wheel while going through the reset procedure on your radio.
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Old 11-09-2013, 05:21 PM   #3
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anybody got a link for the "tool?"
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:37 PM   #4
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This is the one I use.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Tire-Pre...bce57b&vxp=mtr
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Old 11-09-2013, 10:07 PM   #5
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anybody got a link for the "tool?"
I bought mine right from my Chevy dealer. It's the same one they use.
Sorry, I don't have a link or a model number, it's out in the garage and I'm too darn lazy to go out and get it yet tonight.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:18 AM   #6
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:15 AM   #7
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I do not use the sensor in my track tires. It adds some weight in the sensor and then to balance the tire. With no sensors the tire pressure warning comes on and once you get it out of the main display screen you can ignore it. The worse for me is if the street tires are in the pit area it starts to read their pressure every time I come off the track and then every time I go back on the track it gives me a new tire pressure warning.
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:16 PM   #8
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Well! That's a little more fancy than letting the air out till it beeps!
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That's the tool I used but got it on Amazon. In case the ebay link goes away since it does. It's a Kent-Moore EL-50448.

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Well! That's a little more fancy than letting the air out till it beeps!
That trick doesn't work anymore. GM removed that capability due to interference from other TPMS sensors. Believe it's the 12 and up models on all GM lines.
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That's the tool I used but got it on Amazon. In case the ebay link goes away since it does. It's a Kent-Moore EL-50448.



That trick doesn't work anymore. GM removed that capability due to interference from other TPMS sensors. Believe it's the 12 and up models on all GM lines.
Nice! Learn something new every day.

Never needed to (or could, for that matter) rotate the tires on the ZL1, so I never had to do this...
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:33 AM   #13
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I'm still scratching my head about this. I check tire pressure when I mount track tires. I check tires between sessions. While driving on the track as fast as I can make the car go I really don't think, "Hmm, I wonder what my tire pressure is reading right now" Seems like a waste of money and more dead weight, maybe only a couple of pounds but you don't need any more rotating wheel mass at the track.... just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:06 AM   #14
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I'm still scratching my head about this. I check tire pressure when I mount track tires. I check tires between sessions. While driving on the track as fast as I can make the car go I really don't think, "Hmm, I wonder what my tire pressure is reading right now" Seems like a waste of money and more dead weight, maybe only a couple of pounds but you don't need any more rotating wheel mass at the track.... just my 2 cents.
True, probably. It's handy during a track day...to have real-time feed on tire pressure, as it relates directly to tire temperature...

It's one of the ways how, besides feel, I know when the ZL1/1LE will be able to hold still around a bend. The tires need heat...and the display presents that as pressure.
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True, probably. It's handy during a track day...to have real-time feed on tire pressure, as it relates directly to tire temperature...

It's one of the ways how, besides feel, I know when the ZL1/1LE will be able to hold still around a bend. The tires need heat...and the display presents that as pressure.
I can sort of see this but usually about 1/2 lap of moderate driving will warm things up considerably and you can feel when they are ready to push, I guess if you are monitoring pressure changes as the heat increases that would be another way to confirm they are warming but no matter what that readout is showing you, you are going to drive by the feel, if you have grip, push a little more, if you are on the edge hold what you got, if you are sliding back out of it a little....

Damn I need another day at the track, I love that sensation of powering out of a corner and drifting to the curbing right on the edge of feeling like the car is going to fly off the track.....
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Damn I need another day at the track, I love that sensation of powering out of a corner and drifting to the curbing right on the edge of feeling like the car is going to fly off the track.....
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