What is TPMS and Why is it Important?

As mother nature continues to exhibit her hold on our weather during the winter months, your dashboard may be lighting up. The radical changes in temperature outside directly effect the air pressure inside your tires. While the naked eye might not pick-up a low level pressure in a tire, your TPMS sensor will.

Monitoring our automotive systems and alerting us of potential hazards has come a long way with the advancement of technology. Warning symbols that resemble a top-secret sequencing code fill your dashboard today. Any chance you still have that secret decoder ring from your childhood?

One of the systems is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The TPMS system will warn you of a low-pressure issue with at least one of your tires.  Low pressure in one or more of your tires creates an unsafe driving condition.

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The Unfrozen Version of The Diary of the Phantom Tire Finder – Entry # 26



Dear  Diary

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

January 31, 2019

Brrr!  It’s bitterly cold here in the nation’s heartland!  As I was browsing the internet looking for insulation tips for the lair and a thermal cape, it occurred to me that many people were probably battling battery and tire pressure issues.  As a long-time Tire Discounters customer and close personal friend of Chip Wood, I know that Tire Discounters offers free inspections for both.  (along with every other aspect of automotive maintenance, but that’s better saved for another diary entry)

How could I spread the word that help was right down the street at your nearest Tire Discounters!  I quickly snatched up my whiteboard and dry marker and wrote:  TIRE DISCOUNTERS CAN HELP!  Then, I took to streets to spread this message of hope.

Unfortunately, a sudden snow squall came up and covered the words TIRE DISCOUNTERS CAN.  So, there I was, a Phantom Tire Buyer with a secret identity wearing a cape and glasses, enthusiastically waving a big sign that said HELP.

I would like to apologize to all the truly concerned and kind people who understandably misinterpreted my intent and offered assistance.

The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer – Entry #25



Dear  Diary

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

January 23, 2019

You may think that being a Phantom Tire Buyer with a secret identity would be a glamorous life.  But I am in the midst applying for a passport, and believe me, it’s been vexing.  Of course, I used my secret identity for the form, but then I came across a field that asked whether I ever used an alias.  What could I do, dear diary.  I can’t lie.  It just isn’t something I’m able to do.  So I responded that yes, I do indeed go by another name:  The Phantom Tire Buyer.

After sending in the form, it occurred to me that I may have made a mistake.  Somewhere in the Passport Authorization Building there is a clerk who will receive a passport application from a person who sometimes calls himself…well, you know.  Alas, I fear that may raise some “red flags” as they say.  Imagine that you were unfortunate enough never to have heard of my good friend Chip Wood or even Tire Discounters.  Certainly, my being a Phantom Tire Buyer makes perfect sense when one understands the context.  But what if you don’t?

Ah well, it appears that I may have some explaining to do.  But how?

To be continued…

The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer – Entry #24



Dear  Diary

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

January 17, 2019

The other day I was sitting in my living room re-calibrating my Hunter alignment rack, when I heard the whimsical strains of the Tire Discounters jingle.  It was the chimes on my doorbell, which are programmed to repeat that delightful tune.  Someone was at the door of the Phantom’s Secret Lair!

I opened the door to find a little girl and her mother.  My first thought was that perhaps they’d gone to one of Tire Discounters’ competitors; bought tires without proper alignment, and were now stranded on the road from a tire mishap arising from weeks and months of improper tire wear.

Just then the little girl looked up at me with big brown eyes and asked, “would you like to buy some cookies?”

“This is my daughter Nova, the nice woman explained, and she’s a Girl Scout”.

Now, as a Phantom Tire Buyer, I myself don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I knew some good friends that did!  “Why yes,” I said.  “I would like some cookies.”

“What kind would you like, sir?”

“Oh S’mores, please, definitely S’mores.”

“Okay great, thank you!  One box of S’mores?”

“No, I’d better get more than that.  I’ll take 120 boxes, please.”


“One for each Tire Discounters location.  They’re growing fast you know.”

They thanked me profusely, and as they departed down the sidewalk of the lair, I heard the little girl ask her mother “can we come back on Halloween?”

Tires and Weather

Tires and weather, weather and tires. The two always seem to go hand in hand. If you can juuuuuuust get here. We can help you get ready for winter. Safer Handling… Longer Lasting Tires… Improved Gas Mileage. All things that a proper alignment can do for you this winter.

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The Diary Of The Phantom Tire Buyer – Entry #23

Dear  Diary

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

December 27, 2018

My good friend Mike at Tire Discounters and I were engaging in some friendly small talk today when he asked me what my New Year’s Resolutions were for 2019.   Fortunately, I had already considered various ways that I could be a better Phantom Tire Buyer with a secret identity.

Here’s my partial list:

  • Don’t startle people. I can patiently explain the importance of tire safety and automotive maintenance.  I don’t need to blurt it out.  Even though it is SO CRUCIAL!
  • Buy and sew on a proper fastener for my cape. The safety pin looks rather unprofessional.
  • Cultivate a sophisticated sense of humor. Oftentimes people have to explain to me when they’re engaged in light-hearted banter or joshing.
  • Get out more. Almost every Tire Discounters is surrounded by places where regular people congregate and get coffee, or shop, or go about the usual business of life.  Caveat:  when acting upon this resolution, always remember resolution #1.