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Old 08-31-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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Will 2012 4runner tpms sensors work in my 2012 tacoma

I am putting new rims on my tacoma. I am getting new tires as well, so I plan to sell my OEM rims with stock tires and tpms that came with. I was planning to get a set of sensors that were taken off a 2012 4runner and have them programmed to my truck. The toyota service department (where I bought my truck 2 weeks ago) said the 4runner sensors can't be programmed to my tacoma (trd sport double cab). Is that true?? I'm a little skeptical of automotive service departments, they have a bit of a reputation.

If I want to put in tpms, what are my options? I don't want some kit, I just want a sensor that works with my truck. Does it need to be tacoma specific? What about the ones at places like tirerack.com, aren't those a generic type that can work with various cars/trucks??

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Old 08-31-2012, 10:30 AM   #2
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Yes the 4runner sensors can be programmed to your Tacoma. Fj sensors are also the same.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:32 AM   #3
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you also gotta make sure they fit the rim. i tried having my steelie sensors be put into 4runner alloy, but they said the angle wouldnt let them fit. you may want to check on that.
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These tpms are a pain!! I called a different dealership and they talked about the tacoma tpms angle being different than 4runner tpms (20deg vs. 40deg) and that they were a different part number, so they won't work.

As I said above, I am trying to put 17 inch fj cruiser rims with new tires on my tacoma. I have found some tpms from a 2012 4runner.

So...here is the question. Does this 20 deg vs. 40 deg angle thing have to do with the rim they are mounted to or to the vehicle they are mounted on. To put it another way, will 4 runner tpms mount properly on 2012 FJ cruiser rims and program to my 2012 tacoma ECU???

Of course I'll call the dealership next week (since they will have to do the programming) but as I said above, I don't always trust what they tell me.
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The angle difference is the difference between steel and alloy wheels.

The steel TPMS sensors will fit the alloy wheels if they are rotated 180 degrees, but in the future, every tire installer must be aware of this or they will break them when they remove the tires.

There are a number of manufacturers of TPMS units... Toyota does not make them.
You can buy them from any source as long as they are the right frequency.

Rockauto has some Dorman units for $30 each.
They also have some "Standard" parts for $72 each for alloys.

All you need is the serial number from the new unit and the tire installer or dealer can program them into your ECU.
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:55 PM   #6
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I got the new tires installed with the 4runner tpms but the shop said they couldn't program them to my truck without the VIN of the 4runner they cam off of??? He said he called Toyota who told him THEY could program the truck but that he would need the VIN to do it at his shop. What info would the VIN give him? I already have the serial number for each of the 4 sensors( I assume they are the numbers stamped on the sensors).

Rich91710: you said they need the serial number from the new sensors. I have the serial numbers from the 4new sensors, should any tire shop be able to program the my truck with those numbers?? Does it depend on the equipment of the tire shop, or is it that they don't know how to work on toyotas with the equipment they have?

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The serial number can be directly input via the Toyota Techstream software.

Most tire shops can do this for you with their equipment.
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