2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: Tire Pressure Monitor Issue Redux

October 28, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

After Mr. Oldham observed what he suggested was an anomalous TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) in our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS, I was intrigued. So I gave it a whirl.

First thing on a cool morning I measured the tire pressures with my trusty gauge. Then I fired up the ATS and looked at the pressures reported by the car's TPMS.

The result? My gauge consistently read one psi lower than what the TPMS reported for each tire, a result which I consider to be well within any reasonable expectation of gauge-to-gauge variability.

Doesn't mean nothing's wrong, mind you. Just goes to show that there is a LOT of variability among tire pressure gauges, be they handheld or transducer-based.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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By banditone
on 10/29/13
2:16 PM PST

Guys, It's Scott Oldham. Really it is. We took the post down after you pointed out that I'm an idiot (which I am) not because I'm sensitive. Trust me, I'm way past that. We took it down because it was wrong. And others that read it may not realize it is wrong. We're not in the business of spreading incorrect information. And we cannot make the assumption that everyone that reads the update reads the comments. I regret the mistake. And I appreciate your enthusiasm. Although the design of that TPMS readout is questionable, it was my mistake. I said the car was broken when it was not. Once we realized that mistake, taking it down was the only responsible option. I hope you can understand that. Now, please continue with the finger pointing and the name calling. Best, Scott

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By nukedetroit
on 10/28/13
3:40 PM PST

Interesting that this writer steered away from the obvious "yeah, Scott was a f***ing moron on that last post, huh?" statement.

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By hybris
on 10/28/13
7:47 PM PST

You want bothers me from all this? You guys took down the original post just because the community grilled a editor. This isn't facebook and you guys are not teenagers getting bullied so I don't see the reason to take down the original post.//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Also I feel safe in saying that while we the commentators/community of the LT Blog may grumble about the website, some of the choices you have made, and just about everything you guys put up here in one form or another we still actually love you guys (Save the odd Troll or two) and your work hence why we stick around. And for good measure: WALL OF TEXT NEEDS TO BE FIXED!

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