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Although I drove relatively safely for 20 years on typical all-seasons, I converted quite a while ago to dedicated winters for my cars. The vastly improved traction, and thus confidence and safety, has been well-worth it. Our 2015 LT/RS Cruze would be no exception to that tradition, so I wandered down to a Chicago-area (none in the city, :angry:) Discount Tire for their Black Friday sale. I did my homework beforehand, so they were ready for me when I got there, despite the usual madhouse of customers at that place.

What I got was 4 new Konig Solution wheels in 16"x7.5" (17 lbs. each) with chrome "security" lugs wrapped in 215-60r16 Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 rubber. The pricing was decent, I thought, considering the rebates anyway.

$ 396 = $99 x 4 - wheels
$ 408 = $102 x4 - tires
$ 080 = $20 x 4 - TPMS (yes, that's $20 each)

$-100 = rebate for buying 4 wheels
$-100 = rebate for buying 4 "best" tires
$-120 = rebate for using Discount Tire card (9 months no interest)

I don't remember the installation, tax, BS gov't fees, but I think it was just over a grand total, before rebates.





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Now here is what has got me scratching my head. The car was busy doing kid-taxi duties at the time, so I picked up the wheels in my truck, and therefore they were not able to pair the new TPMS sensors to the car. No biggie, I could just get them paired later, either at a DT or my Chevy dealer. I installed the wheels late last night, and did not take it for a ride. This morning I expected a TPMS warning or something, but when I took the kids to school - excellent grip in the wet slushy stuff we got, by the way - there was no warning light. And even more puzzling, the DIC shows a pressure reading at all 4 corners. What? I haven't dug into the owner's manual yet, so I'm not sure what the deal is here, but my first assumption is either that: 1) the DIC is still reporting the old TPMS readings (which sort of defeats the whole purpose of having TPMS) or the new wheels have "automatically paired" with the car already.

Now I haven't had my morning cup o' joe yet, so the brain might not be in gear, but what other possibility is there?
 

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Thanks for the replies. I guess I can accept the idea that it will take more time, mileage, and speed to "wake up" or whatever, but it's still odd to me. Every other car I've ever put a winter set on would alert me almost instantly that something was different. Maybe I'll try the "rotate" procedure of letting a few psi out of each tire just to see what it does.

I really doubt that the sensors were somehow already synced though. The guys at DT made sure to tell me numerous times to bring it back in once I put the wheels on the car and they (or any other DT store) would get it all in order.
 
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