There are things that I can't do. State inspection is one of those. Tire mounting and balancing is another.
I took my car in for the yearly shakedown inspection and just got a call back from the shop. Seems all is good with the inspection except that my right front tire is leaking air. News to me. It's been fine for a while now and my pressure sensor hasn't gone off.
Supposedly, the tire pressure sensor is "rotted out" and it's causing a leak. Also, they are "unable" to get air into the tire. They said that I have to replace the sensor ($130) or it will go flat and I won't be able to get air into the tire.
Now I've put air in my tires not that long ago and it went fine. I didn't notice anything odd and the tire had not been losing pressure.
I told the guy that I would keep an eye on it and would have to do that repair at a later date. He insisted that it would go flat and that I would not be able to inflate it. I again declined and then he offered to remove the affected pressure sensor and replace it with 'rubber' until I am able to replace the sensor. That'll leave me with a constantly lit tire-pressure light on the dash and a definite repair bill. Realizing that these people still have my car and not wanting to provoke any further 'unforseen repairs', I agreed to the latter option.
At this point I just want to get my car out of there, but what do you think? Does this sound like a sham?