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TPMS Sensor Question

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by hudsonvalleytrekker, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. Nov 15, 2019 at 1:02 PM
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    hudsonvalleytrekker

    hudsonvalleytrekker [OP] New Member

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    Hi all,

    Back in August I picked up an extra set of wheels for my '18 TRD Sport, my intention being to designate them for snow tires. They are off of a '15 Tacoma. I sanded and painted them, with the help of my father-in-law, and I was planning on powder coating them next summer. I got them for free off of Craig's List, a really nice guy was selling them for $100 and when he found out it was for a Tacoma he gave me the Tacoma Discount, which was very kind.

    Now for the issue: they have TPMS sensors, but when I had the tires mounted and installed, the dealer was unable to connect the sensors to my truck's system. They made a point to ask me what year truck they had been taken off of, and insisted that mattered in how they were programmed/paired to my truck, but after a while they gave up.

    I've been looking at OEM replacement sensors for those steelies and they are crazy expensive.

    My question is, have any of you guys experienced this issue before? Do I just need to bite the bullet and get new sensors? It's a relatively new truck and having that TPMS light on the dash illuminated 24/7 is a buzzkill.

    Thanks in advance for your input!!

    p.s. - here is a picture of the truck with the wheels on. I kept the center caps silver. I think it looks pretty sweet:

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  2. Nov 15, 2019 at 4:21 PM
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    snomomofo

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    I just changed my rims and TPMS today. I do not like to be at the mercy of dealerships. I purchased an Autel 501 TPMS-OBD tool and 4 Autel TPMS sensors for $300. It cloned my original sensors so my truck didn't know the difference. If I want to put snow tires on my original rims and swap them out, I've got the tool. it reads battery life so i know if it need replace without any phony up-sell. The key is to get TPMS with the same frequency so it can be read by your truck. Buy your own sensors for $25 each have the tire shop install, mount, balance. I got several quotes for $20 a wheel/tire. Hope this helps.
     
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  3. Nov 16, 2019 at 6:06 PM
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    Mojlnir

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    Prior to 2017-18 Toyota TPMS sensors used a six digit serial number (what the truck recognizes). Then Toyota switched to a seven digit serial number.

    Discount Tire had the same issue when I bought some 2016 4Runner rims for my 2018 Tacoma.
     
  4. Nov 21, 2019 at 12:46 PM
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    chiller tech

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    I did the same as snomomofo and bought the Autel MaxiTPMS 501 from Amazon. It writes to the ECU as stated by snomomofo on frequency 315MHz and makes switching over tires a breeze. No more dealership bills to pay for tire swaps and TPMS programming. As Mojlnir stated they changed digit counts on the 2017 and up so you would be better off to bite the bullet and get the seven digit TPMS from a reputable source and have them installed on your second set. Won't take many tire swaps to have paid for itself.
     
  5. Nov 21, 2019 at 2:34 PM
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    Crow Horse

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