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Old 08-05-2013, 09:28 AM   #21
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Did you, like, check the tire pressure before placing the blame somewhere other than yourself?
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:39 AM   #22
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We recently purchased a used 2008 Focus. While driving down the expressway, the tire pressure monitor fault light came on. We checked the tires. All were ok. After restarting the car, the light wasn't on. Came on again about 200 miles later, (on the expressway) stayed on for about 8 minutes and went off. Now the light comes on more frequently when driving around locally. The dealership put 4 new tires on it before we purchased it. We purchased car from a non ford dealership and have called them regarding this warning light, but are reluctant too look at it. Car has been driven less than one month and we have put on less 600 miles. Any suggestions? I have printed out steps about resetting the warning light. After reading several forums, it appears that when the tires were changed the TPM wasn't reset. Is that correct? Therefore falling under the dealerships responsiblity of the tire warranty we have. Before purchase, the car was inspected and drove but the light didn't come on during that time frame (of course!) Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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And if you take your car to a ford dealership they will reset the sensors for free. it takes them all of two minutes.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:43 AM   #23
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I guess Mr. Mac.Mogul didn't read the full post! Yes we did check the tires before laying blame on someone else! That is basic mechanics. I appreciate your "thoughtful" contribution.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:46 AM   #24
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Thanks for your suggestion, I have contacted my local Ford dealership for a check. They may charge a "nominal" fee, however.

The used car dealership has washed their hands of the car....Ironically, just received a survey in the mail from that same dealership regarding the purchase experience and support.

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Yeah you "checked the tires," you didn't say pressure or what pressure they were at.

When I bought my car, the light came on and my first thought was F*&k but the dealer set the pressure too low so the light was being tripped on and off. Have you set the pressure to the factory spec or did you just "check the tires" ?
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I just put my Valve style TPMS on my aftermarket rims, going to try re-training them since discount tire couldn't figure out how to do it.

2011 SE: want to sell me your re-training tool?
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I just put my Valve style TPMS on my aftermarket rims, going to try re-training them since discount tire couldn't figure out how to do it.

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Go to the service center at your local Ford Dealership and they will do it for free . It takes less than a minute to do it.
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That sounds like a cheaper and faster alternative. I know 2011 SE said he got band style sensors to work on his 2011, you'd think valve style sensors would work on an 08. Plus I am pretty sure Slammed_2.0 said he got them to work on his buddies 08 so we'll see.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:29 PM   #29
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Go to the service center at your local Ford Dealership and they will do it for free . It takes less than a minute to do it.
I just went to my local Ford Service Center and they said they couldn't get the re-training tool to recognize the sensors. The tech working on it said he got one of the sensors to read good for air pressure but that was all. They said they could go into the system and diagnose it with a code reader but that's another day another visit. I don't really want my one time trip for a free retraining to turn into a full blown diagnostic that comes with a bill, but I don't think I'm going to get them to work unless I have them look into it.What do you guys think?
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You shouldnt have to retrain the tpms sensors on after market rims....I didnt have to retrain mine either when I switched to my montegi's or when I went back to stock snowflakes
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