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TPMS sensors - yes or no

Discussion in 'Stock 2006 -2010 Explorers' started by grfo, January 6, 2018.

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    1. grfo

      grfo New Member

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      My 2007 didn't have the wheel sensors when I bought it a couple months ago.

      The alerts are really annoying.

      If it were your truck, would you spend the $240 (I'm estimating) to get 4 sensors off of Rockauto and having my tire guy install them?
       
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      I currently have bad sensors, they broke off and started flopping around inside the tire causing balance issues, when ever a tire needs replacing I have decided to replace tire and remove the sensor..... even with the lower priced TPMS options I dont want them anymore and its just not worth making that one light turn off..... im more old school and I look at my tires before I go for a drive and dont need a system doing this for me

      so.... not worth my $100-$150 extra
       
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      Wow, hard for me to believe I still have all four original sensors working on my 2006 Explorer. Only time I get a malfunction light is when I install the steel spare which does not have a sensor, And I get the low tire pressure warning whenever one or more gets below 27 psi
       
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      I'm running the OEM sensors on my 2007 also. Hard to believe they are still functioning considering that there is a battery involved. Oddly enough - they've never actually done anything for me. I have a garage and an air compressor so the tires get looked after. I actually let air out of one of the tires years ago just to test them.
      If they go - I'll probably look at bypassing them.
       
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      You can buy stem style aftermarket for about 30 each on eBay. I run a set on my winter tires. Orange electronics.
       
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      I'd replace them, because the light would bug the hell outta me
       
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      I hope you are doing more than just looking at them. Visually checking a tire may not tell you it's under inflated. I doubt most people could recognize the difference between 35psi and 27psi by just looking at the tires. Typically by the time a tire is low enough to be visible it's well under the point where a TPMS system would trigger the light on the dash. You have already lost a significant load carrying capability by the time the dash light comes on.
       
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      It depends on how hands-on you are with your vehicle and maintenance. If you are the kind of guy who waits until you see a light on your dash, then you bring it to the respective service department, then I think you should keep the TPMS functional. If you are like me, and you a) maintain your vehicle meticulously, and b) check/replace things regularly without any reason to believe they are malfunctioning, then I would honestly pull the bulb out of the TPMS lamp.

      All electronics fail eventually, so if it isn't mission-critical, I opt to eliminate it.
       
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      I went off your recommendation SixPonies, thanks!
       
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      maybe not but I can tell the difference between 44psi and 25psi using 4 of 5 of the human senses.....
       
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      Smell, touch, taste, and sound?
       
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      sight, smell, taste and touch..... haven't learned how to hear PSI as of yet with just a quick walk around inspection
       
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      I'm getting tire sensor faults periodically. I took it back into my tire guy, everything checks out ok. Any ideas??
       
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      Did you muck with the tire pressure? I think you get + or - 5psi from where they are set.
       
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      Does the TPMS system expect the sensor to be present on the SPARE TIRE?

      When I was looking thru Forscan I noticed there are PID's for the spare time on the TPMS system,....
       
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      Don't think so. When you train them there is only an option to do 4. you work your way around the 4 wheels and on the 4 it beeps and the display says tpms learned. I don't think there is a sensor in the spare.
       
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      I checked the tire pressures, they are all less than 1 psi of each other. The sensor fault is really flaky. I can drive the car 200 miles, nothing. Next day I start it and it throws the error.

      I'm still curious why they have PIDs for the spare tire if it can't monitor but 4 tires.
       
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      The sensors have to be + or _ 5lbs of what they were when they were paired.
       
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      We were getting a TPMS system fault that would kick in after driving for about an hour. I disconnected our add-on Bluetooth hands-free system and the TPMS fault hasn't come back. Apparently some sort of interference from the Bluetooth.
       
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