Do You Need TPMS Sensors?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Since 2007, all new vehicles sold in the United States are required to come equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. A majority of the vehicles come with a battery powered sensor attached to the wheel on the opposite side of the valve stem. Now that the law has been in effect for five years, we're starting to see some of the systems in need of replacement. Most customers believe they must go back to the dealership for new ones. However, Tire Rack offers Original Equipment sensors at competitive prices when you search by vehicle.

When you purchase a new Tire & Wheel Package from Tire Rack, we can offer to install the sensors for you before we ship. Or you can purchase them separately by contacting one of our sales specialists. Once you have installed the new wheels onto your vehicle, all you need to do is reset the new sensors and you're ready to go. In some instances you may need to take it to a dealership to have them initialized to your vehicle.

So whether you are looking for replacement sensors or sensors to add to your new Tire & Wheel Package, Tire Rack has you covered. 

Comments on Do You Need TPMS Sensors?

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Charles Banks:
need replacement TPMS Sensor for RR tire; 08 STS with 18" wheels
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Jerry Ervin:
Does federal law insist that I must buy TPMSs for four snow tire and wheel assemblies?

Thank you.

Jerry Ervin
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Steve:
Hi Jerry,
The installation of Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors in your new wheels is required to keep your vehicle's TPMS functioning properly. NHTSA's interpretation of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act prohibits service pro-viders from installing aftermarket tires and wheels on your vehicle without working TPMS sensors.

Basically if your TPMS system is working properly, no service provider can do anything to your vehicle that would disable it.
Your option from Tire Rack is to either go with new TPMS sensors, or indicate to us that you intend purchase sensors locally or have your current TPMS sensors transferred over to the new wheels.
Hope this answers your question.
Monday, May 13, 2013 by Fran:
I bought after market wheels without TPMS for my 2007 VW a year ago. Went back this year to have my summer wheels and tires re-installed and the vendor told me that I now had to have a TPMS system installed on each tire. Is this true? I live in Colorado.
Monday, May 13, 2013 by Fran:
Hi Fran,
Yes this is true. Within the last year the interpretation of the law has been understood that if you drive into a shop and your TPMS system is working, it must leave the shop with them working.
Sunday, June 30, 2013 by Brad:
I have 2 cars, both with the infernal sensors. On one, the valve stem had so corroded that when the stem cap was removed it twisted the metal stem right off. Did I have to replace the sensor or could I have put in a rubber stem. On my other car a previous shop had broken the sensor and refused to replace it. I have driven with a rubber stem ever since (with 3 sensors) and the shop that installed my tires said I needed to replace the sensor. I didn't have the extra $50 for the sensor so I declined. Am I required to buy something I don't want?

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