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Everything You Need to Know about TPMS Sensors

Fitment Industries Author | | June 5th, 2018 |

  • - Hey guys what's going on? It's Alex from Fitment Industries and today we're going to be talking to you about everything you need to know about TPMS sensors, which actually stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors sensors. But we're not gonna say it like that. Hey guys what's going on? It's Alex from Fitment Industries and today we're gonna be talking to you about something a little bit special. We're going to be talking to you about TPMS sensors which if you really think about it, I say sensors twice because TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. But when we talk about TPMS sensors there's really not a lot that anybody knows about them, which makes sense. But TPMS sensors are kind of like a cavity, you're eventually gonna have to deal with one, they're kind of a pain in the (beep). But they're necessary to make sure that your mouth doesn't look like a war zone by the time you're 25. TPMS sensors have been something that hasn't been discussed in the comments for a long time so we thought we would touch base on it and what they are, what they do, and why. You probably need them even if you don't want them. So like I said before, TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. Now if you go out there, there are two other interchangeable words you can use for the M and the S which is Mystical Sinking because TPMS sensors are just kind of a weird tool that nobody really can quite understand or work around when it comes down to aftermarket wheels with TPMS sensors in them, and that makes sense.

    Tire pressure monitoring systems originated in the early 2000s, and most vehicles, especially 2007 or newer, come required with TPMS sensors. It has something to do with the federal government wanting to make sure that you keep your stuff inflated so that you get good gas mileage and of course that you're safe on the road, but not of us really like to deal with them because they are kind of a mess. So, if you go to Google, and you type in RTPMS sensors, you're gonna get the following options. You're gonna gett legal, required, optional. Do they cause cancer? You're probably not gonna get that last one, but you're probably going to see a bunch of people asking what, why, and who, and what the hell are they, and what do they really do in your car. TPMS sensors play a special role, especially in the aftermarket community because a lot of vehicles, especially now, are modified, and they are 2007 or newer. And when you buy wheels and tires from us, which some of you do, you have the option to add TPMS sensors into your package or just your wheels because you're going to need them for you vehicle, but not a lot of people choose it and they just, I really can't stress this enough, just a lot of people don't care about them, but here is why they're so important. So, if you go out onto the wonderful world of the internet, you're going to realize that some states actually require TPMS sensors. Other states do not, and other states it's just something that if they feel like it at the DMV, they will make you go and check your TPMS sensors. So, if your in a state that requires TPMS sensors, there's just no way around it. You're gonna have to buy TPMS senors. There's just the end of it. So, what happens is once you actually get your TPMS sensors, we go and we install them onto your wheels. It's the same thing like when we check your bolt pattern, offset, and all that sort of stuff when they come into our doors, but once they actually get to your doorstep, if you're looking to get the TPMS sensors working, it takes a little bit more than just throwing them on. Now, most vehicles have a bunch of different processes and ways that you can go about essentially aligning your TPMS sensors. Some are very simple. Toyota has made it extremely simple to go and calibrate your TPMS sensors.

    Others require a much more sophisticated approach. If you look at the Mercedes AMG, you might as well just kiss your butt goodbye because it takes around 24 steps. You gotta turn the key on, turn the key off, turn the steering wheel, turn the lights on, turn the lights off, turn the key back off, turn the key back on. Then, you gotta put it in neutral, and there's a lot, trust me. It's not as difficult as it seems, unless you're planning on going to do it yourself. If you are going to do it yourself, I dropped a link in the description below where you can actually go and see the exact instructions on how to get TPMS sensors calibrated on your specific vehicle, but if you're looking to just get the tires and wheels thrown on right away. Once they come to your doorstep, all you have to do is visit an auto parts shop or a dealership, and they should be able to calibrate your TPMS sensors for probably around 40 to 50 dollars. If they're charging you anything more than that, like 100 and 150 dollars, they're probably overcharging you. Go to a different shop. TPMS sensors are something that's a little bit of a nuisance, but they are especially important in today's current market and aftermarket wheels because what happens is when you don't run those sensors, you obviously get the little yellow light of death on your center screen, and on top of that, it's just annoying to deal with every single time. So, if you're one of those people that puts tape over your check engine light, and then you're gonna put it over your tire pressure monitoring system, just leave the video and come back when you want to do it right, just saying. TPMS is just something that you kind of have to deal with in today's current market. You can't also reuse old TPMS sensors because of one very common problem. The TPMS sensors in your OEM wheels is pretty much used to a certain thickness of wheel, meaning that the sensor can get carried over because of how thick the actual wheel is. Some aftermarket wheels are a lot thicker, while some are a lot thinner, and because of the difference in thickness of that barrel, you may not be able to use your OEM TPMS sensors to save a hundred bucks because it just won't read. It's just a pain in the butt. So, once you figure out if you're gonna decided to run TPMS sensors, which I hope that you do if your car has them, and once you decide to buy wheels and tires from us or if you're just getting TPMS sensors in general, and you want to know how they work, it's usually two options. You have the option of doing it yourself with a six pack and hopefully you have hair to pull out because it's going to be terrible, or you have the option of just going to a dealership for 50 bucks, and then they'll do it there.

    The final thing is just understanding the TPMS system as a whole because what happens now, in a lot of newer vehicles especially with Mercedes and European vehicles, is that the TPMS sensors have now become more integrated with the systems overall ECU, meaning that the TPMS sensors are going off because it reads that's a problem. It will start to affect other issues of your vehicle. It may think that there's something wrong with the wheel. It could try to overcompensate because of something that's happening on the aftermarket wheels. And it's just a huge pain in the butt. So, the point of this video was not necessarily to try and sell you on TPMS or talk to you in detail about how TPMS works or the fact on why you can't use OEM TPMS. It's just to let you guys know that if you do have a vehicle out there that does have TPMS sensors, you're likely going to want to buy them when you get new wheels because it is such a pain in the butt to deal with wheels that don't have them, or trying to use OEM TPMS sensors for your new wheel. So, if you wanted to know what TPMS sensors were about, that's about as much as we think is important, but obviously, I'm sure you guys have questions or comments. So, drop them below, and we'll be sure to answer them. Of course, let us know what you'd like to see next, and also don't forget to subscribe and check out fitmentindustries.com if you're looking to get wheels, tires, suspension, airlifts, and all that sort of good stuff, but I'm Alex from Fitment Industries. I'll see you later, peace.