What About TPMS Sensors for My Winter Wheels?

An often overlooked aspect during the Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package research process is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Starting with the 2008 model year, Federal regulations require TPMS on all passenger vehicles. Most use a direct system which attaches a pressure sensor to the vehicle's wheels. An in-vehicle receiver warns the driver if the pressure in any tire falls below a predetermined level. Direct systems are typically more accurate and reliable and most are able to indicate which tire is underinflated. To learn more about the differences in TPMS sensors, read "Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems."

While these sensors vary in price, they are worth the cost as they provide a safety feature to your driving experience. While not required in most states, it is recommended that you maintain the system with your winter tires and wheels. In some locations, vehicle inspection regulations require operating tire pressure monitoring sensors on every vehicle that came with TPMS as Original Equipment. The following states require the TPMS to be functional in order to pass inspection:

  • Hawaii
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also recently modified how installers must deal with these systems when it comes to swapping wheels and tires. To help verify the latest information for your application and how these rules may affect your vehicle, contact one of our sales specialists for assistance. 

Tire Rack works with wheel manufacturers to develop aftermarket wheels that accommodate direct tire pressure monitoring sensors. This results in our ability to provide a wider selection of aftermarket alloy wheel styles that accept Original Equipment direct system components. Our fitment specialists also carefully determine which wheels will be compatible with the vehicle and system installed for customers purchasing Tire & Wheel Packages or wheel upgrades. Search results on our site include notes regarding TPMS sensors and sensors can confidently be purchased online with wheels.


Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Daniel

I am a bit confused about the different TPMs sensors and the costs. Many people are telling me that for my car I need the 433MHz sensors that relay the actual pressure (not a percentage or level). When I look there are tons of different ones out there. I was also told that they are about $30-$35 each, but when I configure a winter tire and wheel package your system tells me that they will be about $250. What are the differences among the 433MHz sensors and why are they so much? I thought that The Tire Rack installed them for free when you buy a package. Is this correct?

Thanks, Daniel
Thursday, November 15, 2012 by Hunter

Sensors are not generic, rather they are very much specific to each vehicle. The sensors we offer on the website will be original equipment. Prices vary wildly as well. Based on my knowledge, I would be suspect of a generic $30-$35 price estimate as that is just not the case. When you order a wheel, we wil install the sensors at no additional cost, but you do have to pay for the sensor.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Chas

What is the average lifespan of a TMPS sensor?
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by Hunter

We have seen them range from 5 on the short end to 12 or more years.
Thursday, July 4, 2013 by HARVEY VAUGHAN

I put American Racing Torque Thruster II chrome wheels (special order) with BF Goodrich tires on my 79 Corvette. Tire Rack did a great job recommending and installation. What about Factory Reproduction 427 chrome Centennial Cup wheels for a 2010-2013 Corvette Grand Sport (18 x 9.5 40mm/ 19 x 12 59mm, your Bridgestone REO50A run flats , TPMS, and engraved cross flag centers? Best price.
Friday, September 20, 2013 by Richard Bush

How do I add TPMS sensors to my tire and wheel order?
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Hunter

Hi Richard,
After adding the tire and wheel to the cart, the website will ask you if you want mount and balance and/or TPMS added to the order.
Friday, January 31, 2014 by Ed Sellers

I need TPMS censers for my 98 corvette just bought tires from you the numbers are 315 MHS do you have them.
Monday, February 3, 2014 by Hunter

Hi Ed,
Sensors for the Corvette are running $70 per wheel.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 by Danny

Hi there I have winter steelies x99134n for my 07 honda crv. Which brand tpms fit my car. The oem Honda ones for steel rims don't fit. I'm stuck was going to put my winters on soon.

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