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Any Updates On Disabling The Tire Pressure Monitoring System?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Rickochet, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. Oct 11, 2014 at 4:49 AM
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    I have an '09 Taco that will soon be needing it's second set of tires. I was wondering if that would be a good time to replace the TPM sensors if that is my only option. I have read varying reports of how long the batteries in the sensors last. I really don't like the system. I check my tire pressure regularly. The low pressure light has never come on in my vehicle in the 6 years I have owned it.

    I did a search for disabling the system but couldn't find any recent up dates. Some I found pretty much involved disassembling the dash to get to the system plug. Some put tape over the light which still involves disassembling the gauge cluster.

    It would be nice to have the system on a dash switch so I could turn it on an off if you chose.

    Any updates on disabling the TPMS?

    BTW the TPMS is even worse on my wife's '12 Highlander. I can't even get to the spare tire valve without lowering the tire and have to take it to the dealer to get it checked which they do for free but still is a PITA.

    I just thought of a question. I was wondering how this system works? Does it have to have five sensors sending signals to the TPMS or would putting a new one in the spare and removing the other 4 completely work?
     
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  2. Oct 11, 2014 at 6:06 AM
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    some of us have used our computers with the OBDII plug with the toyota software (clone) to disable seatbelt chime, i wonder if the same could be done with the TPMS? i havent looked through the software enough myself to know...
     
  3. Oct 11, 2014 at 6:09 AM
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    Why would you have to go to the dealer to get the spare tire pressure checked? Drop the spare and check it like you do the other four.

    To make it easier you could get this: http://www.amazon.com/Accu-gage-Chek-Spare-Valve-Extender/dp/B0006O2S8M

    Or google for different brands: https://www.google.com/#q=Spare+tire+hose+extension

    yes it has to have all sensors.
     
  4. Oct 11, 2014 at 6:12 AM
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    No you cannot turn off the TPMS as it is Federally Mandated that all vehicles after XXXX year will have TPMS from the factory. Some are too dumb to check the tire pressure. Thank Firestone and Ford for this with their exploding tires they were installing on the old Ford Exploders.
     
  5. Oct 11, 2014 at 6:14 AM
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    thats odd, i know on other new cars it can be coded to off. (MB, BMW ect) figured Toyota would allow for that in the software, what a pita...
     
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    Do you really want to disable the system?

    Let me tell you a story..... Last year, a piece of steal came off the back of a truck while driving on the highway. It bounced around and ultimately, hit the front end of my truck. At the time, it felt harmless... a little thump and that was it..... and...."Just great, what kind of damage am I going to find?"

    Low & behold, a minute later (or less)....my TPMS light came on. I was able to get off at the nearest exit and park before the tire went completely flat. That piece of steal put a slash in my tire about 3" wide. It could've been a lot worse and I'm glad I was 'pre-warned' and was able to get off the road safely.

    It's there for a reason. Some folks will never use it. But that ONE time you use it.....you'll be damn glad its there.
     
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  7. Oct 11, 2014 at 6:24 AM
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    I would just wait until the sensors fail, then replace them. I have three sets of wheels, one of which does not have sensors. I just ignore the light when running those wheels.

    An interesting note:
    If your vehicle goes into a tire shop with TPMS light off, it has to leave with the light off. If it shows up with the light on (ie wheels without sensors), they can let it leave with the light on. My tire shop does free seasonal wheel switches if you have multiple sets - wheel and tire. The only set I have to switch myself is when I put on the ones without sensors.
     
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    Dropping the spare is a PITA for an old geezer with bad knees. The valve extender looks like a better idea. Thanks.
     
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    wrong. it can be coded to OFF with BMW and MB, those are just the ones i personally know. ive done it to both vehicles. the BMW i did myself, and on an S55 the dealer did it for me. no "hacking" required :rolleyes:

    the more i think about other manufactures the more i believe our techstream could prob do this...

    there are plenty of good reasons to turn them off. and they certainly arent going to take the place of common sense.
     
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    I took my sensors out and put regular valve stems in, then took the dash apart and placed a very small piece of black tape over the light in the dash. Problem solved.
    Those little sensors are a bit pricey for something I do monthly, I find the tire pressure system not good for me.
     
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  11. Oct 11, 2014 at 7:38 AM
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    How difficult is it to get the dash apart and back together?
     
  12. Oct 11, 2014 at 7:44 AM
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    Figure a full Saturday for the first time you do it.

    Lots of little bits of plastic and fasteners and pins, you don't want to be in a hurry and miss disconnecting one and break it.

    The other simple solution folks have adopted I don't see in this thread is to build a little PVC cylinder with a shrader valve - throw the sensors in it, and keep it pressurized to 32 lbs psi.
     
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    According to the guy I was talking to at America's Tire, while he was reprogramming my system - on Tacoma's like yours with a sensor in the spare, the TPMS computer won't accept being programmed with five sensors.

    On 2011 models, there's no TPMS sensor in the spare. Since I rotate my spare in with the others (and I had an extra sensor installed in the spare) I have to have them reprogram it every time they rotate the tires. :rolleyes:
     
  14. Oct 11, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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    I have seen similar posts but you still have to have sensors with enough battery power left. If you have to buy new sensors you might as well put them in the tires.
     
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    Not exactly correct. The consumer can disable the system, but not a business.
    http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20111123/NEWS/311239995

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/161292-complete-tpms-disable-guide.html
     
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    It only took me about 2 hours to take the dash apart, put the tape, and back together. I tried to build a PVC sleeve and that did not turn out well, that little pressure in a tube that small is a dangerous thing if you are not careful. Wouldn't want your kids getting their hands on it either.
     
  20. Jan 22, 2019 at 1:25 PM
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    Just asking but after reading the threads not sure. 09 Tacoma just swapped a full set of winters on factory wheels and sensor light is on. Manual says it can be reset . True or not? or just ignore the light
     

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