I searched through the thread with some obvious search terms but no luck; sorry if this has been asked: does anyone beat Tire Rack's price for the sensors? I am ordering my winters and would like to save a few bucks, if possible, on the new sensors.
Thanks for any advice.
Last I checked Tire Rack couldn't guarantee they would work on the 2010, they say the module's part number changed and they haven't tested it on a 2010, so unless you have an 09 or earlier i wouldn't buy them. I got mine from college hill's honda for about 100 bucks for all 4. But honestly they aren't worth it. You'll end up paying 50-100 bucks to get them reprogrammed by a shop or in most cases a dealer, since most shops have very generic programmers that don't always work on all cars. So this means, every time you change your wheel (twice a year) you'll spend another 50-100 on reprogramming, it's honestly not worth it. It also means you'll pay more when you mount new tires, regardless if they do anything with the TPMS system most places will charge more just because they want to.
I made the decision to put them in my winter tires only, so all summer i just deal with the light being on. In the winter the light goes back off, and that's when i really need them to work anyway. Constant fluctuations in temps definitely make the tire pressures vary ~5psi depending on how hot your winter tires heat up when driving and weather or not you park outside often.
I live in VA (closer to West VA) in the mountains, it can drop to below freezing at night and be around 60 during the day. In the morning i check tire pressures and it'll read ~26PSI(around 28 degrees outside) this will set the light off, in the heat of the day it's back up to 32 PSI(ground temp about 70 degrees) light goes off, I've learned to just keep them at about 34 PSI when dead cold so they raise to about 36-38PSI on spirited driving in the mountains. I generally never see the light turn on now, unless I'm parked in snow.
Prices of course vary from different area's i think if you live in a larger city you might have more options, around here very few shops have programmers, most are scared to use it on a new car, I ended up going to the dealer and got told it would cost 10 bucks to unmount each tire to read the ID code off the sensor, plus an hour labor 70 bucks, total out the door of $110. It really is a huge rip off.