1. What Are TPMS Sensors?
TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The TPMS Sensors are responsible for monitoring your car's tire pressure and telling you if the pressure gets too low. These are mounted to your wheel before tires are put on. We definitely recommend getting new sensors if you replace your wheels because the old ones were most likely designed to suit those exact wheels. Chances are, your new wheels will not be the same thickness or sizes as your OEM wheels which can give faulty readings. Often overlooked, the TPMS Sensors are a great way to get the best possible gas mileage and ensure that you can get where you need to go safely.
2. Are TPMS Sensors Required?
TPMS Sensors are required on all vehicles 2008 or newer. If you're buying new wheels, do not use the old sensors as they're probably worn and are not designed for the new wheels since every type of wheel is produced at a different thickness and weight. Save yourself the hassle and the possible ticket and add some to your package. You'll get the most gas mileage and will know when something is wrong with your tires before anything bad happens.
3. Do My New Wheels Come with TPMS Sensors Installed?
Before you are able to add your new wheel and tire package to the cart, you must either opt in or out of TPMS Sensors. If you choose to add the sensors, they will be installed before they are shipped to you. Note: some vehicle models or sensors may require a re-programming process to sync with the new sensors. This can be done fairly easily by an auto dealer or repair shop (the cost to program sensors is the customer’s responsibility).
4. How Do I Sync My TPMS Sensors?
Depending on what car you have, the syncing process may be different. Consult your owner's manual or online forums to see if the programming can be done by yourself. Otherwise, take your car over to a shop or dealership and they will program your TPMS for you. Typically this isn't very expensive, around $40-$50 is pretty common.
5. My TPMS Isn't Working.
If you've tried syncing your TPMS Sensors to your car on your own and they won't connect, we'd recommend taking your car to a professional shop or dealership. There could be a few things going on like a service mode that may need to be enabled in order to program them. The professionals will be able to figure out the issue with your sensors.