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Dedicated winter tire set and TPMS

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MY_SUV, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. Nov 29, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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    MY_SUV

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    I am looking at buying a set of dedicated winter tires, http://www.tirerack.com/snow/preferredpackages.jsp and have a question. The tires and rims are $948 but to add the TPMS sensors it's another $288! That is an extra 30% cost that I really don't need.

    So riddle me this, do I need to install the TPMS sensors on my winter set of tires? Would there be any effects beyond having a light on the dash?
     
  2. Nov 29, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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    viperstd

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    No worries other than the light if you skip the sensors. You will need to pay a toyota dealer to reprogram the TPMS module too if you want them. Some members have indicated that parking in the garage night everynight prevents the light from turning on.
     
  3. Nov 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM
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    Demoncleaner

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    $2 tire pressure gauge and a little piece of tape over the light. If tirerack gives you crap about having a 2010, tell them you have a 2005 instead. The only Gen 2 Tacoma w/o TPMS.
     
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    Simon's Mom

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    I have a winter and summer tire/wheel set & only use one set of tpms sensors.
    No issues for the past 3 seasons on the tacoma & before that on my tundra.

    If you store the set of tires that have your sensors in the garage, the light will not even illuminate only on rare occassions.
    When I park overnight back near the sensors the light resets by itself.
    Once it even told me the wheels in storage were low on pressure lol
    FWIW my truck is an 2006 & have a sensor in the spare. I do not know if its changed in the newer model trucks who do not have a sensor in the spare.
     
  5. Nov 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM
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    If they are installing new sensors you will also have to have the dealer reset the computer to see them and that will add some serious cost, plus when you change back too the summer tires you will have to pay all over again to register the old sensors.
     
  6. Nov 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM
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    Thank you for the replies. So I think I will run the winter set without and just consider the light a reminder that I have winter tires on.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM
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    RainDodger

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    One small piece of black electrician's tape - you can't even see it because of the black background around the warning light. Just peel it off when you put your summer tires on. That's what I do in the Tacoma and the FJ Cruiser both.
     
  8. Nov 29, 2010 at 5:38 PM
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    jdben

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    One thing to consider: I'm told that if your truck goes in for service at Toyota and the TPMS light is illuminated, the dealer is not allowed to let you drive away without fixing the problem. I don't know if this is true for service at independent garages. Also, in some states, the TPMS light check is part of the mandated safety inspection process. So if your light is on, but you don't need dealer service or an annual inspection sticker to deal with during the winter months, you're probably OK without sensors.
     
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