As you're shopping for a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package, you may have noticed the following warning:
*** New TPMS sensors must be registered to the vehicle at the manufacturer's dealership or a service center with the appropriate tools. Please contact your local dealership or service center for details and rates. ***
What exactly does this mean? This means your vehicle won't recognize your new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor codes without the use of the dealer's or service center's specialized tool(s). So every time you switch tires and wheels, your dealer or service center must overwrite your "winter" TPMS sensor codes with your "summer" TPMS codes and vice versa.
If you do most of your own maintenance or your dealer/service center is hours away, this can be pretty frustrating. The ATEQ Quickset is a device about the size of a hard drive with an ODBII connector on one end and USB port on the other. You'll find Quickset to be compatible with many Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Scion, Subaru and Toyota vehicles.
Ateq's documentation goes over everything in detail but essentially you'll do the following:
- Review our snow tire overview and input your vehicle's information into the Upgrade Garage to build your Tire & Wheel Package.
- If you intend to use Quickset please write "Please record TPMS codes" in the Customer Comment field as you place your order. Please note that it's not feasible to record which code goes with which tire but this isn't an issue with most vehicles.
- Place an order
- Install the Ateq software on your computer, connect the Quickset device and enter your vehicle information and you'll get a screen like this:
Hook up Quickset to your vehicle's OBDII connector and hit the summer icon to store your summer codes. After connecting the Quickset back to your computer, you should see something similar to:
Next you will want to input the winter codes as shown below:
After entering the winter codes, you'll get a page like this:
Finally, hook Quickset back into your OBDII connector and press the winter icon. You're all set to go!
Note: There is still a possibility that your vehicle won't recognize your sensors even if all the steps are followed correctly because a sensor is stuck in inactive state. If that happens a trip to a dealer or service center will be necessary.