I would certainly question the dealer you bought from. As this is a federal mandate and i guess a safety issue after the Ford Exploder problems.
1. I'm guessing your truck either has, or has had (at some point), aftermarket wheels installed. The sensors probably wouldn't fit the aftermarket wheels, so the previous owner removed them and either lost, or sold, the original sensors.I just bought a 2008 Tundra and have only had it a week. Apparently I am only the second owner. The only thing I can find "wrong" with the truck is that this tire sensor light won't go off. When I took it to Toyota dealership, they said it appears that someone had taken off the sensors. So... I either need to live with the light being on, or pay almost $700 to have the all replaced and programmed. A couple of questions for the experts out there.
1. Why would someone remove the sensors in the first place including the spare?
2. Should I fight with the dealership that sold me the truck even though I bought it "as is" and would I have any grounds given that this is apparently a federal mandate?
3. Is there any logical reason to pay $700 to have that light go off?
4. Any other thoughts?
Yep, mine are in the pvc tube under my rear seat. Been there for 2-3 years. No pressure loss yet.11Tundra summed it up.
I took my TPMS Sensors off when I got the upgraded limited 20" wheels. I chose not to put them on the new rims because the batteries in the TPMS go bad requiring the owner to have the tires removed and then reinstalled. The easiest fix was to put the 4 TPMS in a sealed canister. I built a canister:
1. 4" diameter PVC
2. 6" long....put the TPMS inside the tube
3. Bought two end caps and drilled a hole in one of them for a tire valve
4. Glued the end caps to the PVC Pipe
5. Waited 24hrs prior to putting 35 PSI
Just last week my TPMS light finally came on after 3 years. The pressure inside the tube was to low. So I grabbed my bicycle pump and aired it up again. Put it back in the truck and the TPMS light went out.
If you have no plans of installing new ones or building a canister, open up the cluster and see if you.......well you get the drift. Some will hauler that it is a safety issue, but for how many years did cars and trucks go without TPMS. I also take 4 seconds to walk around my truck to ensure kids didn't dent it, it didn't get broken into, etc and too look at the tires.