Thanks mendonsy for pointing me to bstevens solution to the TPMS system. I had made an appointment to have the system re-synced to my new wheels / sensors. My Toyota dealer wanted $99.99 for this so I scheduled with a local garage who quoted me $47. When I saw mendony's post with the link to bstevens work around I cancelled my appointment and headed over to Radio Shack. The parts cost me $3.97. I came home and did the job in an hour [I removed the glove compartment box 'cause I value comfort more then time. I turned on the old Tundra and no TPMS light! I saved a minimum of $45 and possibly more. This site has provided me with so many cool ideas! Thanks bstevens! Now can someone figure out a plan to solder together a couple of resistors and diodes together to improve my MPG to 25 or 30?
As already mentioned there is no requirement by the FEDS to have these systems. I think that the manufacturers came up with them more in the interest of having another profit center versus a concern for safety. Even when my TPMS was functioning I used tire pressure indicators [from Radio Shack] which told me which tire needed air. Now it will be my TPMS.I know I am going to catch a lot of slack about on this one but as a Service Adviser I don't quite understand wanting to bypass a safety system. Yes, I know it is annoying if there is a bad sensor (blinking light) but I would rather know than be driving around on a low tire, prematurely wearing the tires I spent good money on.
I just switched my wheels to the Tacoma 20" X-SP wheels so I currently have a sensor issue (constantly blinking TPMS light) but I just couldn't bring myself to bypass the system just to make it go off.
Yes, the dealership is expensive at times but did you really pay over 20-30 grand to bypass a safety system? A sensor does not go bad that often. When you change wheels, the sensor doesn't go bad unless the installer messed it up and in that case they can replace it. If they can't replace a sensor they ruined then why are they working on your vehicle to begin with?
Again, I know I am going to catch a lot of slack for speaking against the flow here but I had to add my 2 cents. Everyone here knows me and knows I love to mod as much as the next guy so my opinion isn't against a useful mod, it's against a mod to bypass a safety system. Just like the annoying seatbelt chime. It's not annoying if you put it on...