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TPMS light flashing then solid, no changes to tires

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mikeshardtacoma, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. Oct 26, 2020 at 9:28 PM
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    mikeshardtacoma

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    Today while driving, the TPMS light came on flashing, then went solid. checked the owner's manual, and it says to bring the truck to toyota. obviously, I don't want to deal with a dealer service center, so what do i do? bought the truck in july of this year, no changes to the tires have been made. The weather did just cool down significantly where i live (high 80s-low90s to high 60s), but if this deflated a tire the light wouldn't blink. am i overthinking things here?
     
  2. Oct 26, 2020 at 9:30 PM
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    Bishop84

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    Top them up first.
     
  3. Oct 26, 2020 at 9:32 PM
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    Check the tire pressure then ignore the light. Mines been doing it for years. Just be sure to check ur pressure every now and again to make sure ur all good.
     
  4. Oct 27, 2020 at 1:17 AM
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    TPMS are battery powered and at 8-10 years the batteries can start to die and the light may blink due to loosing contact with the sensor reader then feeding this data on.
    Dealer and all tires stores have a TPMS reader/scanner and they can walk past each wheel and see if TPMS is working. Many posts on TPMS function, pressures, resetting, cost etc on this site so just type it in the search at top right.
     
  5. Oct 27, 2020 at 1:39 AM
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    Flashing at first then going solid is a sure sign that you have a bad sensor.
    If it's solid all the time, low pressure.
     
  6. Oct 27, 2020 at 1:40 AM
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    Battery dead, bad sensor
     
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  7. Oct 27, 2020 at 2:19 AM
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    Correct.
    The replacement sensors I bought (OEM from Toyota) have what looks like a bigger battery so maybe they will last longer?
     
  8. Oct 27, 2020 at 3:21 AM
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    If you want to save some money, the Toyota sensors are made by Pacific Industries who supplies Denso and they in turn supply Toyota. They can be found on Amazon. Be aware that the sensors for alloy and steel wheels are different.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NQ05U2...wVehicle=1&vehicleId=2&vehicleType=automotive
     
  9. Oct 27, 2020 at 4:08 AM
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    I found that out when I switched from steelies to Level 8 Mk6 wheels.
     
  10. Oct 27, 2020 at 5:58 AM
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    FWIW - I just went through this issue and it was two (2) bad sensor's. You can have a tire shop detect which sensor(s) are bad (Discount Tire for example).If you go to a tire shop, have them double check the spare tire as some 2nd Gen's came with a sensor in the spare. Mine did not as I found out while diagnosing my issue. Mine is a 2011 SR5 4x4. I am no longer on stock wheels or tires.
     

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