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TPMS question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SR54x4, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Aug 16, 2010 at 5:55 PM
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    SR54x4

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    If I get new wheels and either re-use the old sensors or get new ones is it true that only Toyota can calibrate them? If so how much will this cost me?

    Also, scenario two would be I just put the bigger tires on my stock steel wheels. Again will Toyota have to re-calibrate the stock sensors?
     
  2. Aug 16, 2010 at 6:01 PM
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    No, Toyota is not the only one that can recalibrate the TPMS sensors. I swapped mine over to new rims and they worked fine. Just tell the shop that you have the sensors and make sure they know how to deal with them. I went to Townfair Tire, not sure if you have them around you or not but they did a great job. New rims, bigger tires, no issues with TPMS.
     
  3. Aug 16, 2010 at 6:07 PM
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    One of the reasons i decided not to get new rims, besides the money, was having to deal with the TPMS. So for the cost of about ten dollars, i painted the rims and installed goodyear Duratracs 265/75R16.
    the TPMS systems still works great. I know this because i run my back tires at about 24 p.s.i. so my light stays on.
    But when i go to get a oil change and tire rotation, they put about 34 p.s.i. all around after rotating them, and the light goes off.

    here is how i painted my rims:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/wheels-tires/51358-painting-stock-rims-easy.html

    not sure what is involved with different rims
     
  4. Aug 16, 2010 at 6:10 PM
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    Oh yeah, I should clarify, I went from Toyota 16" Baja rims to the 17" TRD Sport rims so there wasn't anything funky with the rims. Otherwise, they have to drill out an aftermarket rim to accept the TMPS sensor which tends to be expensive.
     
  5. Aug 16, 2010 at 6:11 PM
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    HA! Im glad you replied you are the reason im considering keeping my steelies and painting them black. I am getting duratracs and ever since I saw your post about them and painting your wheels I have had second thoughts on dropping the extra cash on the wheels. Decisions decisions...

    thanks for the help
     
  6. Aug 16, 2010 at 6:13 PM
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    The TPMS on your original wheels (Steel?) do not have to be reset if you were to continue to use the steel wheels. You probably would need to reset the pressure sensing with the reset button under the steering wheel.

    OTOH, if you get new wheels, and those new wheels were say alloy for instance, you would find that the TPMS from your steel wheels would not properly mate to the inner wheel wall surface. Toyota uses basically two different TPMS, one for steel wheels, one for alloys. So, if you were to buy someone elses alloys, and they came with their own proper angled and mounted TPMS, you would need to have your truck's ECU reprogrammed to recognize the new TPMS. Toyota has found this little task to be a real profitable business and charges between $50 and $100 for punching four 7 character id's into a hand-held device and loading them into your ECU.

    If you search around this forum you will find several alternatives including: stainless steel straps that strap the original tpms valve stems into the wheel where they register pressure while not actually serving as valve stems any longer. Or, building a pvc pressure vault to keep your tpms in and stick it under your seat where it will convince your ECU that your tires are fine even though it is not really your tires that are being monitored.

    In the end, Toyota has engineered a ridiculous solution to a problem most drivers have managed to manage themselves for all their driving lives.
    I'm into my 42 year of keeping an eye on the tire pressure with out a blinking dash light. I suspect I could go on for another 40 or so.
     
  7. Aug 16, 2010 at 6:18 PM
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    I had my TPMS sensors switched from Toyota stock alloys to aftermarket alloys at the Discount Tire near my place. There was not any issues.
     
  8. Aug 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM
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    Totally understand, but a year later , through a buffalo winter, they still look great. Get tons of positive feedback on them. and the Duratracs are just an outstanding tire. had no problems what so ever this winter. Love just taking off from red lights and leaving eveyone behind, cops included ( winter fun )
     
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    Great so even if I get aftermarket alloys with new pressure sensors in them I will have to get the ECU programed??? Painting the steelies like the above posted is becoming more and more of a better idea. How do you guys think it would look on my SWB access cab? Im going with duratracs in a 265/75/16 (same as above).
     
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    I second the motion!
     
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    It seems that I will have to get new sensors possibly since I would be switching from steel to alloy. Some say you have to get new ones others say there are ways around it.
     
  12. Aug 16, 2010 at 6:44 PM
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    You are all about the duratrac/ painted steelies idea! I guess I could try it and if it doesn't come out good or I don't like the look I could always find an aftermarket alloy later on.....
     
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    Did the chalk line test after getting the tires.
    Found for the best tire wear, the front are at 34 psi, the rear at 24 psi

    I sure its because of the plastic bed we have, there is really no weight in the back
    and these being some quality tires, they only need 24 psi to get a great wear pattern
    I have had these set like this for over a year and the ride is great,
    even when doing 80 mph on highway.
    so i just have gotten used to the light, i dont feel like digging into wiring to shut off.
     
  15. Aug 17, 2010 at 3:28 AM
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    I purchased an ATEQ TPMS Quickset when I bought new tires and wheels with new TP sensors from tirerack.com. I can swap my tires and wheels for the seasons and program the ECU
     
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    Damn man, you're only running 24 psi in the rear?? What load range tire are you running??
     
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    I bought a set of factory aluminum wheels from a member here , the sensor is different on a steel wheel than the aluminum wheel. I shopped the web and got 4 oem sensors for the aluminum wheels. I then bought tires from a shop i do business with and they said they would reset the sensor codes each time i swap tires seasonally. I wasnt liking spending the extra $260 or so in sensors , but glad i did now , TPMS is a suck deal , but I have it and would much rather keep it running.

    Tech tip on this method : the calibrating tool had to tell the trucks computer the new sensors were the ones for steel wheels , the truck wouldnt reset to aluminum senser style code . Once that was done they reset fine. my toy is a 2008 reg cab w steel wheels factory , each toyota might be different by yr/rim etc. spare tire sensor unchanged (which might be why the aluminum codes wouldnt work)
     
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    Why not hit the Reset Button and turn off the light? The TPMS will cal itself to the 24 / 34 psi setting.

    Fritz
     
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    I think the light would come on with that big of psi differance. Doesn't the tires have to be within around 4psi for the light not to trigger?
     
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