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TPMS Question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacoTime10, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. Aug 19, 2020 at 3:11 PM
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    TacoTime10

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    Sorry if this question has been posted before. I have a 2010 4x4 SR5 with steelies and I’m buying a used set of 2nd gen OffRoad wheels without TPMS sensors from a TW forum member. Does anyone know if I can just transfer the TPMS sensors from my steelies to the TRD Offroad wheels? Or do I need to buy another set of sensors? Is that something I can just get from Amazon?
     
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  2. Aug 19, 2020 at 3:13 PM
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    Should be a direct switch. Here’s the deal those sensors last about 10 years and when you start messing with them they quit working. If they are original just keep that in mind. People sometimes notice failures after getting new tires
     
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    I don’t know the answer to that question.
    But the OEM OR wheels uses different lug nuts.
    Make sure to get the correct ones.
     
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    The tpms sensors in the steel wheels are different than the alloys. I have heard that you can "flip" them to make them fit. Whatever that means. Your tire shop may or may not be able to work with you on this.
     
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  5. Aug 19, 2020 at 3:14 PM
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    Thanks, I meant to ask that question too!
     
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    replica9000

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    The TPMS sensors in my Sport wheels and steel spare were identical. Shouldn't be an issue.

    IMG_20171214_174743.jpg
     
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    Typical life on sensors is 5-7 years. You're already overdue for new ones. If you buy them now any tire store will install them for free when they mount tires. If you wait till they go bad it's going to cost you $10-$20 per tire to get them installed. Essentially doubling the cost.

    https://www.amazon.com/Mobiletron-P...37------------&vehicleName=2010+Toyota+Tacoma
     
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  8. Aug 19, 2020 at 5:33 PM
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    Good to know, I had no idea that they go bad over time. I guess i’ll just buy new ones to avoid the hassle.
     
  9. Aug 19, 2020 at 5:41 PM
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    Were those off a 2nd gen? Hoping they’re all the same, but mine are 10 years old at this point so maybe I need new ones anyways.
     
  10. Aug 19, 2020 at 5:43 PM
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    Be careful...if you buy ones that are pre-programmed, they won't work with your truck unless you can access and change the codes that the truck's TPMS module is looking for.

    You can have your old sensors cloned, but it might not be needed. Mine originals lasted 13 years, and were still going strong when I replaced them with clones a few months ago.
     
  11. Aug 19, 2020 at 6:05 PM
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    The angle of the sensor in relationship to the valve stem is what's different between alloy wheel sensors and steel wheel sensors. Alloys are 20°, and steelies are 40°. Some people have been successful at rotating the 40° steel wheel sensors 180° and then the sensor is just not sitting flush against the wheel. From what I've heard, there is a chance they can be snapped off just putting the tire back on the wheel. Some guys say they're more prone to leak. I don't know anyone personally, it's just what I've read on here.

    I recently purchased 2 sets of 3rd Gen sensors off Ebay and had no issues programming them with an Autel TS508 tool. I paid less than $100 for both sets.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/392778844513
     
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    Good to know about the angle difference. I didn’t realize the sensors needed to be programmed too. Is that something that any tire shop can do for me? I don’t think I want to invest in a TPMS programmer. This is my first vehicle with TPMS, I wish I could just get the tires mounted / balanced and call it a day. This TPMS stuff is more complicated and expensive than I thought it would be!
     
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    Mine were from a 2008. I owned the truck for 11 years. They all still worked when I sold it.
     
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    Well, don't go to a dealership! They want $140 just to program them, and another $450 to buy them there.

    Some shops will charge you just a couple bucks and one I asked said $120 for programming if I brought the sensors.

    If you're not capable of doing any of this yourself (and trust me, not a lot of people are) then first find a couple shops you can trust. Talk to them and be up front with them. Tell them what you're doing, meaning, that you're shopping around for a place you can trust and that will give you the best service for the least amount of money. Never forget they are in business to work for you. A lot of these places act like they don't need your business. Walk away from them.

    Also, your greatest resource is this forum. Reach out to your local members. We're truck people and getting our hands dirty is what we do.
     
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    Suppose to work but have to see if the installer can program them. If not, I'll buy the programmer and do it myself. Hey, what's one more tool.....:rofl: I'll post up tomorrow with the results.
     
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    Definitely let us know how it goes, i’m curious how much the installer charges to program tpms. Seems like something that should be free with purchase of new tires and mount / balance.
     
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    They will try to sell you preprogrammed sensors first. I just bought the Autel MaxiTPMS TS508WF. I found it on LetGo for half of what they are going for on eBay, and it's new. I was bidding on eBay and the best the deals got were around $150 but I wasn't risking getting bid up to $175 or more so I kept backing out.
     
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    I got charged $60 for the program at Tread Quarters(5 tires), since Walmart couldn't do it.
     
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    I've had Walmart install a new sensor when one went bad. It was $20 for the sensor and install was free. Worked like a charm.
     
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    switched mine out after only 2000 miles.............steelies to toyota top alloy wheel

    i dont even know if they work...................hand mounted & iv Never seen a Dash Lite

    they are Expe$nsive Handle with CARE !!
     

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