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03-01-2013 10:02 AM
C264
Conclusion

Just thought I'd share my conclusions.

It turned out that, though my TPMS sensors were the correct ones, they were ALL bad. I had the fortune of being introduced to a Ford TPMS engineer that had a service tool. There were no signals from any of the sensors in my winter wheels, but my summer wheels all were broadcasting fine.

So, basically I think I was intentionally sold four bad sensors on ebaY. It was so long ago, I don't have the auction information anymore, so I'm just going to live with the lights on the dash and with the lesson that if you attempt to go cheap and find an inexpensive set from a private seller rather than buying from a dealer or a good retailer (like Tire Rack), you run a risk and I lost.

BTW, I found out that the proper way of entering in the programming mode is with the "push-button start method". The "hazard button method" is only for tire rotations on your already programmed sensors.
12-20-2012 01:26 PM
C264
Update

Well, I brought back out my summer wheels from storage (with the original sensors on them) and the first wheel programmed almost immediately with the Ford Trigger. So, obviously, I either purchased four bad sensors for my winter wheels (unlikely) or the Ford 9L3T-1A180-A sensors I purchased are incompatible with my ST.

So, I'm back to square one and down $100 bucks. Dang.
12-14-2012 03:28 PM
C264 The sensors are actually installed!

Here's a peek at a pic I took when my trusted tire guy broke the bead on the left-front tire:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y12...214_122523.jpg

So, now I'm totally at a loss as to why I, nor my dealer, can't get these blasted Ford sensors programmed to my ST (here's a closer pic of one of the sensors prior to install: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y12...104_171806.jpg).

I really don't want to buy 4 new one's nor waste the $100 or so I spent on these. I mean, all four can't be bad, right? Yet none program.

Does anyone have any ideas?

BTW, here's a pic of my wheel/tire setup on the ST for the winter:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y12...208_125818.jpg
12-13-2012 09:01 AM
JayDeZ Ask them if you can go in the shop after the break the bead and confirm that the sensor is actually there. You never know when they might try to pull a fast one on you.
12-13-2012 07:45 AM
C264
Update

So, I went to Ford to have them program it and NO DICE. They couldn't get it to program the new sensors either!

This leads me to believe that they're actually not there at all. The sensors are probably still sitting in a bag on the desk of my tire guy. I'm bringing it back tomorrow for them to break a bead and see if they're really there. I'll give you an update to this update after tomorrow.

@ sailor: Thanks! I try to keep the "fleet" interesting.
12-12-2012 06:05 PM
sailor C264 - just noticed the "other Car" info.,

NICE!
12-12-2012 01:06 PM
C264
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Originally Posted by JayDeZ View Post
Chances of having 2 bad sensors like that, espcially new is very low. I'd take it to another shop and ask them to check to make sure the sensors are bolted to the bottom of the valve stem. If not, take it back to the first shop and raise all hell.

If these are new Ford sensors, there is only 1 part number for all vehicles that use that style sensor. Its not a part number mix up.
Thanks for the info!
12-12-2012 11:18 AM
JayDeZ Chances of having 2 bad sensors like that, espcially new is very low. I'd take it to another shop and ask them to check to make sure the sensors are bolted to the bottom of the valve stem. If not, take it back to the first shop and raise all hell.

If these are new Ford sensors, there is only 1 part number for all vehicles that use that style sensor. Its not a part number mix up.
12-12-2012 10:52 AM
C264
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Originally Posted by JayDeZ View Post
They are the right sensors. My guess is either you have a bad sensor or the person that mounted them broke the sensor, or simply forgot to screw it onto the valve stem and it's not actually there.
Dang, that's what I was fearing. However, when I went to try the passenger front tire first, it also didn't work.
12-12-2012 07:15 AM
JayDeZ They are the right sensors. My guess is either you have a bad sensor or the person that mounted them broke the sensor, or simply forgot to screw it onto the valve stem and it's not actually there.
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