Frequently Asked Questions About Tire Pressure Sensors

Starting with 2008 model year cars and light trucks, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) has been required for all new vehicles sold in the United States. While some vehicles (Audi and BMW most recently) use the ABS system (or indirect system) to keep watch for a deflating tire, most use a battery powered sensor (based in the base of the valve stem assembly) to give the most accurate read of your tire pressure. When replacing tires or wheels and tires as a complete package, the presence of these remote sensors can require a few extra steps in the purchase and/or installation process.

Why does my installer charge a "TPMS" service fee for installing new tires?

Many of our Recommended Installers will charge a TPMS service fee as part of new tire installation. When the old tire is being removed from your existing wheel, it's best to remove the TPMS sensor (and the attached valve stem). This avoids any damage caused by breaking the tire bead loose from the wheel as well as seating the new tire onto the wheel. Once the sensor has been removed, it will require a new "O" ring and/or compression ring to seal the sensor properly.

What happens if I do not add new TPMS sensors to my Tire & Wheel Package?

When we sell a set of wheel and tires, we're happy to mount and Road Force balance the tires to the wheels at no cost prior to shipment. Given the TPMS sensors are located inside the wheel (opposite the valve stem hole), the sensors (if requested) need to go in the wheel before the tires are installed. Without the sensors installed, most vehicles will display a warning light and chime upon engine start up (the light will continue to blink as long as the engine is running). Some vehicles may also limit your ability to turn off traction control if you need to "rock" out of a snow drift in winter or even limit engine output. In many states, an active TPMS system is required as part of the state's safety inspection, and any illuminated warning lights may cause the vehicle to fail its annual safety inspection. With your purchase, you can elect to add the correct sensor (at an additional cost) or choose to have your existing sensors removed from your old wheels and installed on the new wheel. If run-flat tires are being purchased with new wheels, new sensors are required.

If I purchase new sensors as part of my Tire & Wheel Package, what else needs to be done before use?

Many vehicles require new TPMS sensors be activated or initialized at an authorized repair facility or dealership. This process normally involves connecting the vehicle to a service computer (via the ODB port under your dashboard) and having a technician load the new sensor's ID codes into the car's computer. Most cars will need to have this activation service performed each time wheels and tires are changed out (like when changing from dedicated winter wheels and tires back to your summer/all-season set). As always, consult your owner's manual or contact your dealer for more information. 


Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Tam

If I got a set of enkei raijins for my Scion FR-S, what kind of replacement valve stems would be compatible with the TPMS?
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by doc

Both the OE sensor and valve stem can be reused in the Enkei wheel if need be (you would need the service kit for the sensor to get new "O" rings needed for a proper seal).

We buy the sensor and the stem as one complete until, so we would not be able to sell just the stems themselves. We do have the service kits for approximately $ 3 each for reference.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Kirk

New at this. Delivery of a 2014d 328 (no xdrive). Liking the anzio wheels and Dunlop 4D tires. Living in Germany so wheels are changed from winter to all season every Oct and April. What do you recommend I order to minimize dealer installation costs? Sounds like the tpms in BMW is less issue than other car brands.
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Doc

While the car will not recognize the new TPMS sensors automatically, there is a reset procedure that you can follow to reset the sensors yourself (that way you do not have to visit the dealership). By ordering winter tires mounted on wheels with the sensors included, you can make the switch in your driveway yourself.
Monday, November 11, 2013 by Manuel

Hi I installed new set of winter tires on my 09 chrysler300.But i used the 06 model rims and the factory tpms on.the lights are on. Do i really add on codes or automatically car computer program can pick up.please advise me
Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Doc

Not all of the 2006 Chrysler 300 models used sensors (mostly the Touring and 300C models used sensors) so your 2006 wheels may not have a sensor in them, and if they do they are wrong for the newer 2009 TPMS receiver. Assuming the wheel will accept a sensor (check with the parts department at the dealer), you're still going to buy the correct sensor for the 2009 model year
Friday, November 15, 2013 by George

How much is the tpms for a 2011 BMW 328i with x-drive?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by doc

Blog posts last forever, pricing does not, so please call in for current pricing. At the moment, sensors are hovering around $ 50 each (plus the required stem)
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 by Ambarish

I recently purchased Bridgestone Blizzak preferred package with rims and TPMS sensors for a 2011 Honda Odyssey from Instead of going to a dealer, is it possible for me to activate the new TPMS sensors using a tool such as ATEQ-VT15? Also, can this tool be used every time I switch between the winter and summer tires? Thanks.
Monday, January 20, 2014 by Doc

VT15 works on General Motors applications (almost) exclusively. Unfortunately, we have not been able to find a tool we can resell that will work for Honda. Since the vehicle can only remember one set of sensor ID codes at a time, you will have to have the reset procedure done each time you change wheels. Sorry I did not have better news.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Marshall

Hi, I bought a complete package (rims, tires, tpms sensors) for my Nissan Leaf. I put these new winter tires on the Leaf, no problem. Now, I just switched back to the factory tires and the TPMS light goes on when I start the car. All tires are at recommended pressure. It should recognize the factory sensors. Any ideas?
Friday, May 9, 2014 by Doc

Unfortunately the Leaf can only remember one set of sensor ID numbers, so you will need to have the dealership (or other garage that has the training tool) reprogram the car to recognize your (original) sensor set
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Marshall

Thanks for the reply. That was not a problem when I put on the new tires, rims (w/ new TPMS sensors ordered with the rims). I just put them on, the Nissan Leaf picked it up and no problems with the TPMS coming on. I do not understand what you said, (not arguing), but if what you said was true, putting on winter tires, new rims and tpms, the TPMS light should have come on, but it didn't. One would figure that the same would be true with the opposite, putting back on the factory rims....
Monday, May 19, 2014 by Kerry

Hi, I am going to buy a complete package(new wheels with new tires and new TPMS mounted together). I wonder if the TPMS sold by Tire Rack is compatible with Honda Civic 2012? If so, the only thing I need to do after I receive the shipment is just to find a Honda dealer and let them reprogram the TPMS correct?

Thank you
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Doc

All the sensors we sell are identical to the "Original Equipment" sensors to ensure compatibility. To be sure, Honda would be require that the car be reprogrammed by a dealer (or a repair shop with the same reset tool) each time you change wheels.
Friday, August 29, 2014 by Butch

I want to have my tires rotated. Do I have to install a sensor on one tire that doesn't have one?
Saturday, August 30, 2014 by Doc

If you are using a spare wheel and tire as a "full timer", then you will need a sensor in that wheel
Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Dan

Do you supply the tpms ID#s when purchased from you in a wheel/tire set?
Friday, September 5, 2014 by Doc


We can document the ID numbers upon request, but please call in the order to make sure the request is processed. Thanks !
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Hui

If I buy the rim+tire package without TPMS sensors, will the tires come with stems installed? Thanks!
Monday, October 13, 2014 by Steven

I have a set of new 2014 OEM Acura takeoffs which have OEM TPMS installed. I am re-installing on my non-TPMS Honda. Is there a compatible third-party display/controller that I can use with these sensors?
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by jack bent

What would happen if I just put regular rubber valve stems in my 06 Chevy ltz when I purchase new tires.
Friday, October 17, 2014 by Doc

I'm not confident you could find an aftermarket receiver that would accept the Honda sensor ID code range. You may have to check on some of the forums for advice. Sorry !
Friday, October 17, 2014 by Doc

Without the TPMS sensors present, you will see the TPMS warning light blink for about a minute and then stay on for as long as the engine is running.
Friday, November 7, 2014 by Donnalee Cooke

I just installed snow tires on my 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe. The maintenance tire light and tire pressure light is on. Is this a problem? I was told by the garage that installed them I don't have any sensors. The light will be on all winter. Is this correct?
Friday, November 7, 2014 by Doc

Correct, light will be on while the snow tires are installed. Once you reinstall the "summer" tires, you'll probably need to drive around for about 20 min. or so for the car to "reset"
Monday, November 17, 2014 by Brian

I have a 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited with the stock 17' rims and currently is in the market of getting snow tires. I have been told that it could be better for me to downsize my rims for the season. It'll be cheaper to get tires and supposedly give me a better ride. That being said, how will this affect my sensors? And is that even a good idea?
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Kev

I have a 2014 Scion FRS. If I buy Winter tires and have it installed on Stock OEM Wheel. Do I still need to have the TPMS recalibrated?
Friday, November 21, 2014 by Doc

In some states, you are required to have sensors in your (new) wheels. They are currently selling for under $ 25 each. (see )

Without the sensors installed, most garages or dealers will refuse to install the wheel/tire package.
Friday, November 21, 2014 by Doc

The sensors will not have to be initialized (again).
Monday, December 22, 2014 by Jose

I have a 2006 BMW 325i and bought rims from a 2011 with tpms sensors. Can I remove the sensors and install regular pressure sensors since my car doesn't need them. I am looking to buy tires but want to figure this out first.
Also if I leave them on will I need to have them activated to the car?
Monday, December 22, 2014 by Mike Hudson

I just purchased a 2012 Ford F150. The truck came with 20" tires. There was parked near by and almost identical truck. the tires on my truck were somewhat used. After the salesman talked to the "boss" a deal was made for an even swap. My truck has a factory installed TPMS. two days later I made the discovery that the tires I traded for were 18". My fault I did not notice the difference in sizes, I went back the to salesman to try to swap back, he had to talk to the boss about it. He came out after a closed door meeting, he came out walked right me and said nothing. minute later came back by I asked him yes or no. said he had a contract on the Ford with my wheels and TPSM in my rims. So far he refuses to swap back the 20" set that go mon my truck. I don't know if there are TPSM The 18" inch tires I traded for. How can I tell if there are sensors in the 18" wheel's That I seem to be stuck with
Friday, December 26, 2014 by Doc

The 2006 model will not need sensors, as it uses the ABS system to monitor your tire pressure. You can have your tire shop install regular rubber valve stems if you want, or you can leave the sensors in the wheels. There is no receiver inside the 2006 model for the sensors to transmit to, however.
Friday, December 26, 2014 by Doc

All the 2012 F150 have TPMS sensors (as required by law). I would assume that the dealer reprogrammed your truck for the new sensor ID codes (as it was originally coded from the factory for the sensors in the 20" wheels). If it was not, than you should have the TPMS warning light on. Assuming you have the 275/65R18 size, they are just a little taller than the original 275/55R20 size, nut not enough to cause any problems with the truck
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Phil

I just put new TireRack wheels/tires on a 2015 Ford Explorer. I ordered the Ford tpms "relearning" tool, but so far haven't needed to use it. I don't get any tpms warnings with the new wheels. Does anyone know if the newer Fords automatically relearn? If so, I wonder if I can return the tool to TireRack.
Saturday, January 3, 2015 by Doc

If you are storing your original equipment wheels in the same garage as you part the truck, the vehicle may still be pickup up your old sensors.
Friday, January 16, 2015 by Lou

2009 ford F350. Can a banded TPMS be added to my 18" spare so I can run it in 5 way rotation and not get the dash warning.
Saturday, January 17, 2015 by Doc

The Ford can only remember four sensor ID codes at a time, so you'll have to have the sensors initialized each time after rotation
Thursday, February 19, 2015 by javier

I changed got new rims and tires without TPMS on 2012 chrysler 300s and then my front brakes locked up. Need help or their or issues...
Friday, February 20, 2015 by Doc

Sounds to me like the new wheels are hitting the calipers, or there is something else going on. Any brake issues could not be tied to the TPMS system to be sure
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by cleaveron

i have a chevy cruze 2011 and i replaced a bad sensor with a new one but it is not the same as the other 3. my light is still on. i re-learned the tires but still got problem. are the sensor model have to be the same as the other 3 in order to work?
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Jerry

I drive a 2010 jetta with stock wheels, recently bought a set of Detroit wheels without sensors, can I run them without the sensors and if I do what will happen, and if I do buy the sensors, what kind or type do I need and how much will they be? Thanks
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Doc

Any replacement sensor needs to be the identical brand and model as OE to be compatible......Either the dealer or Tire Rack could provide the correct sensor
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Doc

The 2010 Jetta was the last model to use direct tire pressure sensors (transmitters). If the sensors are not present, you will have the TPMS warning blink for a couple minutes and then stay on steady while the engine runs. I'd have to have you check with the wheel manufacturer to see if their wheel is TPMS compatible or not. Currently the sensors are averaging around $ 50 each (prices subject to change)
Saturday, March 7, 2015 by Amanda Seamster

I have 2014 Nissan altima and put some 20s on my car now tire pressure light on. Wat I need to do
Monday, March 9, 2015 by Don

One of the TPMS readings on my 06 corvette shows 0 psi although the tire actually has 30 PSI per tire guage. How can I tell if the problem is in the sensor/transmitter or receiver/computer?
Saturday, March 14, 2015 by Doc

Sounds like the installer may have damaged a sensor when your new wheels were installed. Best to give them a call and make sure they have the time to double check their work.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 by Doc

If the other three sensors are pretty close (within one or two PSi) of the actual PSi reading you can gauge, must be a bad sensor. Most sensors have six year expected life, so the one bad sensor may be a sign the rest are not too far behind.
Monday, March 16, 2015 by Edwin

I have a 2011Chevy Silverado with 22" Centerline wheels and oe tpms sensors. The dashboard pressure readings seem to not respond to pressure changes when the tire pressure is adjusted. No warning lights or any other malfunction indication. The sensors are around 3 or 4 years old. Is it possible the sensors need to be replaced?
Saturday, March 21, 2015 by Doc

The sensors will transmit after they have been spinning for a while (more than a few feet)so if you are not seeing any changes in PSi as you drive you may want to have a dealer check them out
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Bob

Hi, I have a 2005 AcuraTL that is pre-TPMS. Am considering purchasing a set of wheels from a 2008 TL, that have the TPMS sensors. Should I have the sensors removed or just mount my tires(Michelin Pilot) on the "new" rims with sensors intact?
Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Doc

The sensors won't hurt anything by staying with the wheels, but could be sold if you were looking to recoup a little $$.
Monday, April 13, 2015 by Russell Yuen

I own a stock 2014 Dodge Challenger RT with stock rims and tires. If I remove the tires to install caliper cover then replace the same wheel without rotating would there be any issues with the TPMS?
Friday, April 17, 2015 by Doc

Taking the wheels on and off won't affect the sensors to be sure.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 by Mary

I have a 2013 RX 350 and my dad has a 2010 RX 350. We switched the 2013 tires and rims (together) and put them on the 2010, and put the 2010 tires together with rims on the 2013. The next day both cars had the tire exclamation mark on. We were told there are sensors that had to be switched as well, after we had already switched the tires. Is that true? Please advise what has to be done to fix this issue. Thank you.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Doc

You will need to take both vehicles to the Dealer (or to a mechanic that has the correct tool) to have each car be reprogrammed to recognize the new sensor ID codes in each wheel. That will be easier to do than dismounting each tire, removing the sensor and then reinstalling them in each wheel
Friday, May 15, 2015 by Marty

I bought p255/70r17 tires and rims from 2014 silverado 1500 to replace p245/70r17 on 2010 silverado 1500. Cant relearn and was told needed reprogrammed. Went to a tire shop who said they would do it for free. Then was told batteries were dead and needed 4 $60 sensors. Dead from 2014? Help. Is there a way to tell on my own (scan tool) and what about when I want to put the old tires back on in winter? What about the spare if i need to use with the new tires.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 by Doc

Unfortunately, Chevy switched from one sensor type in 2011, so the 2014 model year sensors are not compatible with the 2010 electronics and would never be able to be reprogrammed to work... Sorry !
Saturday, June 13, 2015 by Bill

i have a 2011 subaru imrpeza 5 door outback sport. the oem wheels are 17" if i go down to a 16" wheel, will my oem tpms sensors be compatible?
Saturday, June 13, 2015 by Wm Chapman

I have a 2009 Chrysler town & country that I changed the tires on about 6 month ago. I had a recall on the frequency box. Shortly after the recall fixed the tire pressure light came on. None of the tires are low, not even the spare. Could my problem be caused by the recall?? . Or should I go to the tire dealer who did install new valve stems.
Saturday, June 20, 2015 by Doc

We'd recommend either a 195/60R16 or 205/55R16 for the proper fit. Assuming the wheels you buy wheels that are TPMS compatible you'll be fine with the OE sensors
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by Tom

I am going to be purchasing a set of winter tires and wheels for a 2015 Subaru Crosstrek. Do you have the tpm sensors that can be cloned to the same ID as the old sensors so the light will not light with the second set of wheels.
Friday, September 4, 2015 by Doc


We can only sell new (OE manufacturer) sensors with their own ID codes, and would not be able to reprogram / clone to avoid a TPMS relearn for the new sensors. Sorry !
Sunday, September 6, 2015 by Tisha

I replaced my old tires on my 2011 Dodge Avenger with bigger tires & rims, later that day my tire pressure sensor light came on, is that because i need to take it somewhere to change the tire pressure sensor sense the tires i put on are bigger & different?
Saturday, September 12, 2015 by Doc

Unless the sensors were not installed in the"new" wheels in the first place, than you have a defective / damaged sensor. The Avenger is set up to reset the sensors after 10 minutes of driving and turn the light off. I'd have you go back the installer for a double check.
Friday, September 25, 2015 by Joe

If I buy tires and wheels for my Tundra and elect you to balance without sensors, then go to an installer to have them put mine in, do I need to re-balance? Thanks!
Friday, October 2, 2015 by Doc


The additional weight of the sensor will most likely require that the wheel and tire be rebalanced and additional weights added to the wheel to compensate
Friday, October 23, 2015 by Andrew Dawe

Hi there,

I purchased tires and rims complete with TPM Sensors a few years ago from you guys.

I am getting sick of paying the dealership money in order to flash the sensors each time I change my wheels each season. I am looking at purchasing the ATEQ quickset tool in order to flash the sensors myself. Only thing is that I don't know where I can find the ID sensors numbers for the sensors I purchased from Tirerack.

Can you still provide them?

Saturday, October 24, 2015 by Doc

We will have to look at our notes on your specific purchase to see if we recorded the ID numbers (please call in). If not, the tires will have to be taken off the wheels to manually ready the ID codes of the sensors instead.
Friday, November 6, 2015 by Frank

Hi there, Thank you for this great site. I recently purchased a set of 4 used winter tires that came with rims and sensors. They are off of Jeep liberty but fit very well on my 2012 Ford edge. After about a week later i get this error message on screen "Tire pressure sensor fault" . Whats the best thing to do ?
Saturday, November 7, 2015 by Doc


Ford and Chrysler/Jeep use different types of sensors and (although it took a while) you sensors are not able to "talk" to the Ford. You'll need to get new Ford sensors to have the system working again. Feel free to call in for current pricing
Sunday, November 15, 2015 by Eleanor Chang

We have 2002 Sienna & 2011 Prius need to change new tires . Will we have tire light on problem after tire installation? The estimations from Just Tires only say new valve stem, no TPMS service fee. Please advice. Thanks.
Monday, November 16, 2015 by Don Brightbill

I have a 20011 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. I have a set of 2005 Toyota Scion 17" alloys which I want to use for snow tires. I read that Subaru sensors attach with a torx screw. Is there a way to attach a sensor to these rims? Thanks.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 by Brock

I drive a 2006 Tacoma 4x4 Double Cab. I replaced the wheels, including sensors with a set of stock Tacoma wheels, sensors and tires from a 2012 Tacoma (they were new at the time). I now run these tires in the summer. I do not recall what happened with the TPMS sensor at the time.
My winter tires were purchased from Tire Rack complete with rims and sensors in fall 2008.
I swapped summer for winter tires 2 weeks ago and my TPMS light was blinking. I ordered an ATEQ TPM Quickset tool from Tire Rack that arrived Monday. I then downloaded the summer codes onto the ATEQ.
On Wednesday I had a local shop read the winter codes and reprogram the truck's ECU. (...or so I thought). The TPMS warning light was no longer blinking when I left the shop.
When I later used my new ATEQ tool to read the winter codes, they appear to be identical to the summer codes.
My first thought was that there was a problem with the ATEQ.
After some time on the internet, I now wonder if perhaps they reprogrammed the sensors in the winter wheels to be clones of the stock wheel summer codes that were in the ECU.
Is that possible to do with the wheels on the vehicle or would they need to have pulled the tires from the rims to access the sensors?
Is there another explanation of what they might have done?
So far I have not been able to talk to the actual service tech and nobody in the shop seems to know what he has done.
Saturday, November 21, 2015 by Doc


Just Tires may have damaged the sensor, and are obligated to resolve the issue
Sunday, November 22, 2015 by Karl

Plan to buy wheels for my 2015 Nissan Rogue but keep the tires. Can I transfer the TPMS sensors to the new wheels? I know I will probably have to purchase new O rings/compression rings. Thanks.
Friday, November 27, 2015 by Doc


All the wheels we would sell for your application would be TPMS compatible to be sure. Can't speak for the competition.....
Friday, November 27, 2015 by Doc


I was not aware that our sensors could have different ID codes programmed in (ours should not be able to be cloned). Only the Tech can explain how he got the light to turn off without uploading new ID codes.....
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by Gina Sartor

I got new winter tires from TireRack with TPMS and the codes were included in the package. I have the Quickset reset tool and successfully downloaded the codes from the summer tires.

I entered the new codes and am ready to transfer them to the car via the sensor but how do I know which tire is which? They were labeled "driver side" and "passenger side" but not "front" or "rear". The tires themselves did not seem to have an individual identifying code that was visible. Does it matter front or rear?
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by don

Are TPMS universal? As in can I remove the sensor from a lexus and install it on a chrysler as long as they share the frequencies ?
Friday, July 22, 2016 by Doc


TPMS are vehicle and often year specific, so they cannot be used across different cars.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Lucy

I bought used rims but noticed they have sensors on them , not noticing, can i still use them on my 2010 dodge, what can i do i need the sensors
Saturday, October 8, 2016 by Doc


I'd need to know what kind of vehicle the used wheels came from to check if the existing sensors are compatible with your 2010 Dodge. It may be best for you to call in with this information.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by Joe B

Just bought a new 2016 Honda Fit with optional Honda wheels. I'm having Bridgestone WS80 snows mounted on the original wheels without sensors. So, the light will remain on all winter? When I put the optional wheels back on in the spring will the light go back out? (first car with TPMS...sorry to be clueless)
Saturday, October 22, 2016 by Doc


Honda does not use the remote TPMS sensors in your 2016 model, so all you need due is reset your tire pressure using the button on the console once the new wheel and tires are installed.
Sunday, October 23, 2016 by KurtZ

Will a mercedes sprinter store more than one set of TPMS IDS? I am getting ready to install winter wheels and tires with OEM sensors and, if possible, would like all eight TPMS sensors to be recognized by my vehicle so that I can simply swap my seasonal wheel and tire sets without a visit to the dealer or tire shop.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 by Doc

Our information indicates that the vehicle can only retain one set (4) sensor ID codes at a time, and requires a reset every time you would swap wheels/tires. I'd defer to the dealership, naturally, if they have better information,
Monday, November 14, 2016 by Dean

I just had new tires installed on my 2012 Nissan Altima, 3 days later hit a deer. Insurance is totaling the car. My daughter has a 2011 Hyundai Sonata & needed tires. I took the rims & tires off the Nissan & put them on the Hyundai, as all specs were super close. TPMS light stays on now in Hyundai. Do I need to have new sensors put in to match Hyundai codes, or can they be reprogrammed from Nissan to Hyundai?
Saturday, November 19, 2016 by Doc


Nissan and Hyundai use different TPMS sensors (that transmit at different frequencies), so they are not interchangeable / reprogammable. Nissan sensors normally average about $50 each for reference.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Kevin

Chevy Tahoe LT (2010)--I have a tpms sensor that is bad (suppose to be just one), if I replace just that one, will it work with the other 3? And do I need to go to the dealer or repair shop to get it "activated" or can I do the vehicle reset trick myself?
Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Brian

I just bought four new BLIZZAC winter tires and had them installed on the original wheels for a 2012 Prius 3 with functioning TPMS. The tire installer rep charged me for four new TPMS sensors before even working on the car. I feel like I was up charged for somethingy car already had. Was I charges for something that was optional or unneceasary?
Friday, December 2, 2016 by Gerry

If I install 4 tires and rims w/o sensors and leave the OEM tires and rims in the back of the truck, will the TPMS work OK? Does the wheel need to be spinning to activate the sensor?
Friday, December 9, 2016 by Doc


There is a reset procedure documented in your owner's manual you can follow yourself, so no dealer visit is needed.
Friday, December 9, 2016 by Doc

If the sensors were functioning when you drove in, they should not have needed replacing. In the mounting / dismounting process, the sensors are often removed from the wheels (to avoid breaking them off as the tire is installed), and when they are put back in the wheel you would expect to pay for a new O ring / compression washer for a good air seal. Most shops charge around $ 7 to $ 10 per wheel for these parts.
Friday, December 9, 2016 by Doc


For most vehicles, having the OE wheels move / bounce around on occasion is enough to have them transmit and keep your warning light from coming on.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 by Scott H

Just received winter wheels from Tire Rack for my 2010 Honda Civic. I have the same question as Gina Sartor: how do I know which TPMS ID code goes with which wheel so I can enter the correct ID for each wheel position in the ATEQ TPM QuickSet tool and upload it to the vehicle?
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by Jung

I have 2011 BMW 323i , recently I bought 2007 BMW wheels and winter tires without TPMS, Can I install them drive normally even though they are going to have TPMS warning light? What about alarm sound? Thanks,
Saturday, December 31, 2016 by Doc


You will hear a "chime" after your seat belts are fastened to indicate the warning light is on, and then the TPMS fault light will remain lit until the OE tires / wheels are reinstalled.
Monday, January 30, 2017 by brian houck

I have a 2007 Mazda 3 with tpms set up. I have my winter rims on which do not have sensors, so my low pressure light is always on. Today I got my car inspected and from the time I left the shop until I got home ten miles later, the light was off! It would come on briefly during initial ignition though. The light was on when I dropped it off at garage. I called mechanic and he had no explanation. Any idea? Thanks.
Friday, February 3, 2017 by Doc


A mystery for sure. Assuming the mechanic had plugged into the ODB port to clear a code or run a diagnostic, it may have reset the car to think the sensors were still installed (and it is currently "searching").... The light should come back on within a few more days of driving.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Sean Lee

I have a 2012 Mercedes GLK. I just got new tires from TireRack and a set of wheels elsewhere. I put new TPMS sensors on and get an error TPMS INOPERATIVE. The sensors were said to be for my model and year. Is there a step with Mercedes that I need to do other than the relearn? Thanks in Advance!
Saturday, April 8, 2017 by Pamela

Have sensors in regular and snow tires. I own 2012 Maxima. They said I can't have sensors set until after I unload other set of tires out of my car. One set of sensors blocks the other so I never get a pressure readout in initial change. I have to unload the tires at home, then go back to have sensors set. EVERY TIME! Is this normal?
Friday, April 14, 2017 by Doc

Sean Lee.

Sorry for the issue ! There is a reset / registration procedure detailed in your Owner's Manual that you can perform yourself to get the sensors recognized. No visit to the dealer is required.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Richard

i am swapping out a set of tires and wheels on my gmc. they have the sensors in them from a different vehicle . If i go through the relearn process will my trucks system recognize them or do i have to go to the stealer and have the computer flashed?
Friday, April 28, 2017 by Doc


If the wheels came off another GM truck within a couple years of your current vehicle, they should be able to be relearned. If they are not recognized, they would have to be replaced with the correct sensor as I don't think the ECU can be reprogrammed to recognize other parts
Saturday, May 6, 2017 by Darren

I want to put 275/65/20s on to replace my 275/60/20s on a 2014 Ram 1500. Is there some way to recalibrate the TPMS for the higher pressure tires?
Friday, May 12, 2017 by Doc


The sensors read the actual pressure inside the tires (regardless of size), so there are no adjustments needed.
Saturday, May 27, 2017 by Brian

Hi, I just bought a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, and it's hard to find info on new vehicles. From what I found, it appears the vehicle will "learn" the new sensors provided in a winter tire and wheel set I have in my cart from TireRack and plan on purchasing. Does this sound correct?
Monday, May 29, 2017 by grace

I have a 2016 honda accord. If i replace a wheel w/out tpms sensors. only 3 wheel with tpms . do light is always on ? . thanks
Saturday, June 3, 2017 by Doc


The vehicle will automatically learn the tire pressure sensors after driving for more than ten minutes above 20 mph.

I hope this helps !
Saturday, June 3, 2017 by Doc


All four sensors need to be working / transmitting for the light to turn off. Sorry !
Monday, June 26, 2017 by Lupeta Byers

I have a 2008 Chevy Colorado which the TPMS always indicates "Tire Low". We have replaced tires on this vehicle about every 6 months. And this issue is still going on. Will a defective sensor affect my tires and make them run low on air quicker, causing them to lose tread quicker as well?
Saturday, July 1, 2017 by Doc


The only way the sensor can affect wear is if it is actually letting air escape through the valve stem. I'd recommend spraying soapy water on the entire wheel (including the valve stem) to see if any air is escaping. You may have a small crack in the wheel that is the problem instead.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by tsttrucksystem

Great discussion!!!
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by Matt

If I buy aftermarket wheels, and have the stock tires mounted on them, will I need to buy new sensors?
Friday, August 4, 2017 by Doc


Most Tire Pressure Sensors last around 5 to 8 years before the small battery that powers them begins to fail. Given that a tire would have to be dismounted and rebalanced to replace a "bad" sensor, its sometimes best to buy new sensors when replacing wheels if the sensors are a little old.
Sunday, August 13, 2017 by kenneth

I have a 2002 4x4 suburban with 17 in. rims, and I have a 1993 4x4 suburban with 16 in. rims. Can I put the tire pressure sensors from the 17s, on to the 16s?
Monday, August 14, 2017 by Tyler

I'm going to purchase new wheels that are the same size as my current ones. Can I just go to a store and have them replace it out without having to get new TPMS sensors? Basically just swap it out?
Saturday, August 19, 2017 by Doc


Neither the 2002 nor the 1993 Chevy used TPMS sensors. Chevy started using sensors in 2005 models.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 by Doc


Assuming your new wheels have been manufactured to accept sensors, both the tires and the sensors can be moved over.
Monday, August 28, 2017 by walt

Can the oem 315mhz sensors in my factory wheels on my 2018 Subaru be put in the sleep mode for storage?
Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Doc


We are not aware of any tool that could "turn off" the transmitter on the sensor once they have been activated. If there such a tool, I'm sure it would be a "dealer only" item.
Thursday, September 14, 2017 by tsttrucksystem

Great information
Saturday, September 23, 2017 by Dale

If I run non-tpms wheels in the winter, does the system have to be reprogrammed when I replace the original wheels with sensors? If so, can a tire store do this, or does it have to be done at a dealer?
Saturday, September 30, 2017 by Doc


Your car will "remember" your sensor ID codes and will turn off the warning light after several minutes of driving on your OE wheels and tires
Monday, October 9, 2017 by brandon

I have a 2016 Honda CRV. with 5k miles on car I was hit by another driver. we had to replace the back left wheel an tire. After driving a few hundred miles the TPMS light came on and all pressures were fine. It got worse over time and now comes on instantly after resetting driving down the road. Dealer says its because the new tire is bigger than the other 3 with 5k miles on it. Is this possible or is a sensor bad.
Monday, October 16, 2017 by MAnuel esqueda

Hi i own a 2013 ford explorer with a oem18” rims. But i want to up grade to a bigger size, oem rims and tires 255/50/18 that came out of a 2017 ford explorer. Its that going to be a problem. ? Is it possible to use them and if it is whats the steps to follow. ? Do i need to replace air sensors as well ??
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Doc


Honda did not use a remote sensor (in each wheel) to monitor your pressure, so its more likely that the new tire is 3% taller than the other three tires which is the problem. The only way to know for sure is to get an accurate tread depth measurement on all four tires. If all four are within 3 % / 3mm of one another, then there may be a larger (mechanical) issue.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Doc


While the wheels would interchange, the 2013 model uses a different TPMS sensor that would not "talk" with the sensors from a 2017 model. Both vehicles use a 245/60R18 or 255/60R18 size.
Friday, October 27, 2017 by Jurgen Maerz

2009 F150 After driving a short while, the pressure sensor light comes on, blinks for a while and then usually goes out again. All 4 tires are at 35 PSI as recommended. This happens often, but not every time I drive. What can be done to remedy this as it is very annoying
Saturday, November 4, 2017 by Doc


As most TPMS sensors have an average life of 8 years, its likely that (at least) one of your sensors is failing. Each sensor is powered by a small battery (that cannot be replaced), so eventually that battery will work intermittently and eventually fail.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Raymond Rodriguez

I buy a maxima 2013 and i buy a rims 22 . I just want to know if the pressure sensor of the tires work in that rims
Thursday, November 23, 2017 by Sean

I purchased winter set of wheel and tires with TPMS sensors last January for my 17 Subaru. Winter was mild so did not have wheels on long and did not have TPMS added to ECU. I was provided the codes by TireRack. Just put the winter on again and am looking to program with codes provided. Question, does TireRack activate the TPMS sensors or are they still in a sleep mode? Assuming they are active since I have the codes but need to validate in order to purchase the correct tool that does just the relearn to ECU or both relearn and TPMS activation. Thanks!
Sunday, November 26, 2017 by Ed

my 2012 winter tire set (tire 7 rims) for my 2012 Equinox had a working TPMS. I wanted them for my new 2017 Equinox but had to replace the tire (rubber) . All work and purchases at GM dealer. Dealer said that the TPMS may not relearn. now I have the tire Icon lighted on my dash - what happened?
Saturday, December 2, 2017 by Doc


Since we do not sell 22" wheels for Maximas, I can't tell you if TPMS sensors work in wheels I don't carry. If the manufacturer of the wheel can't tell you, then assume that they will not fit
Saturday, December 2, 2017 by Doc


The "new" Winter sensors need to be woken up at a dealer / shop first. Once that has been accomplished, you can download each set of sensor ID codes and switch back and forth with an Uploading tool.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 by Doc


Chevrolet will have to perform the relearn procedure in your owner's manual (using a activation tool), but they should work fine.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by RK

Will existing Jeep TPMS sensors be compatible with a 2015 Grand Caravan?
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by Rowan B

I just purchased a new snow tire package from TireRack with the TPMS sensors for a Honda Odyssey.

The dealer said it’s going to cost $160 to recalibrate/relearn them since it failed.

They also said that when I install my original tires back for the summer, the error (coding) message could reoccur and I would need to recalibrate them it could cost me $320 a year, every year, just to recalibrate the TPMS sensors....


What am I missing here???

Is there any way to reprogram the codes myself cheaper?

I’ve never had this problem with other brand of vechicles or other TPMS sensors.

Need help! Big Thank you for answers and guidance!
Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Michelle

I have spoken to a number of different tire shops for pricing on winter tires for my 2018 Acura RDX. The last place I spoke to said they would get the sensors from Acura and install them but I would need to go to Acura to get them programmed. Other places I have spoken to did not indicate the sensors would come from Honda. I would typically stick to original manufacturer parts rather than after market but I'm not sure whether that is important here. Can you comment?
Monday, December 11, 2017 by Bernie

Hello, I have a 2014 f150 king ranch with 20” wheels, just bought 2018 20” takeoffs all set with TPMS mounted /balanced for winter, now my dash shows tire pressure monitor fault. Can these sensors or my system be reset?
Monday, December 11, 2017 by Samantha

I just bought a tire and wheel packages for my 2017 Subaru impreza with the TPMS installed. When I brought it to the dealership to have my light turned off they told me the sensors wouldn't register in their machine. How can I fix this? Are the sensors in sleep mode? Would my dealership know to wake them up?
Friday, December 15, 2017 by Morgan

2008 grand caravan. Broken valve stem from corrosion replaced with oem tpms 6 months ago, no problems. Just replace tires and had the remaining 3 tpms replaced the garage used schnider rubber stem sensors. TPMS light flashing so i took it back to be reprogramed it lasted for 30 minutes of driving then flashing. second time same thing. Third time back and the garage said it must be a problem with my computer and asked me for hundreds of dollars to diagnose. Is there an issue running a mix of oem and aftermarket sensors? could it be a bad sensor even if their scanner reads it? I don't want to give them money to fix a problem that it appears they caused. what is my best fix.
Friday, December 15, 2017 by Doc


Without knowing the year and model on the Jeep, I can't say for sure, but in most cases the Caravan chassis uses a different sensor than most Chrysler products
Friday, December 15, 2017 by Doc


Odyssey models after 2007 should "learn" the new sensor ID codes just by driving for more than 20 minutes above 20 MPH. If we sold you (new) sensors as part of your wheel and tire package, feel free to call in so we can see what is going on.
Friday, December 15, 2017 by Doc


For the 2018 models, the RDX model will automatically learn the new sensor ID codes after driving for more than 20 min, above 20 MPH. We know this to be true when using the Original Equipment sensors we would sell you. I can't say what the other guys are doing......
Friday, December 15, 2017 by Doc


Unfortunately Ford switched to a different sensor vendor starting with the 2015 models, so your 2014 will never "recognize" the newer sensor
Friday, December 15, 2017 by Doc


If the wheel and tire package was purchased from Tire Rack, the dealer should absolutely have the tools needed to activate the sensors we sold you. Although the sensors are pre-tested by the manufacturer, there is a small possibility that the (new) sensors may still be defective. Please call in with your order number so we can help.
Monday, December 18, 2017 by yves thellend

how to find sensor ids of my set of sensors installed in my set of tires."I have buy the QuickSet TPMS Reset tool. and i need to find the sensor ID.
thank you
Monday, December 18, 2017 by Lacie

Replacing a bad senor on the REAR wheel of my 2010 Nissan Xterra S. Which TPMS sensor do I need? NAPA gave me two choices: VDO SE10001HP or the VDO SE10001HPR. Does the R stand for rear? Will my mechanic need the service kit? He has the programmer
Friday, December 22, 2017 by Doc


The sensor ID code is printed on the sensor, so unless they were documented before the tires were installed, you will have to have the tires dismounted to read the codes firsthand.
Friday, December 22, 2017 by Doc


I can offer the Original Equipment (Schrader brand) sensor at $ 42 each plus shipping for reference, but I don't have information on the sensors that NAPA carries. With the Schrader sensors, your mechanic would use the Sensor ID code printed on the sensor and enter that into his Scan tool to reprogram.
Friday, December 22, 2017 by Doc


Sounds like the aftermarket sensors were not programmed correctly. Shop should either replace with OE sensors, or try switching your OE sensor to match what they sold you
Saturday, January 6, 2018 by dre

hi. I own a 2008 GMC serria and the valve stem is broke. we took out the stem and sensor and replaced with just a stem. I was wondering if it is possible to buy just the stem as the sensor is fine. it was the rubber seal that was all broke. thanks
Friday, January 12, 2018 by Doc

We buy the sensor and stem as a complete set, but can sell you just the stem only for about $ 3 each (plus shipping).

Feel free to call in as we would not sell the stems via our website

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