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Old 03-09-2009, 09:59 PM   #1
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TPMS Training - Do I need a dealer

I bought a 2008 Focus SES sedan with 16 inch factory alloys. Being in Canada I had the dealer install a set of Pirelli Carving Snow tires on 15 inch steelies. Well the dummies didn't put on TPMS sensors in the wheels (I didn't know about the TPMS system and they never mentioned it) so now I have a TPMS warning light. I can disable the error message but I get to stare at a nice yellow symbol that spoils all that Ice Blue Goodness.

I found a set of 4 TPMS sensors on EBay and have ordered them to add to these steel wheels.

My question.... Will the Focus TPMS system automatically detect the new sensors or do I need to visit a Ford dealer everytime I swap from summer to winter and back again (which would be a major PITA)?


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Old 03-10-2009, 12:06 AM   #2
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from what i remember about TPMS is that you have to program the sensors, this is something that the dealer or tire installer does, this might have a fee attached all depends on where you go, and i am not sure if you would have to reprogram your stock sensors when you put the stock rims on.

i havent sold tires in 1 1/2 years and not sure how far the system has developed since then.
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Why thank you I am so enjoying my new SES. Just want to get rid of the ugly yellow tire symbol in the middle of my dash

I really hope I don't have to pay a fee at the dealer every 6 months when I swap summer and winter tires. That would be a drag. I guess I'll find out when I put the new sensors on and start driving.
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You have to ake them somewhere to be programmed. Wal-mart should be able to do it if it has a TLE area.
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lkngf sorry.
Guess I didn't explain it well

The car came with four 16 inch alloy wheels. Because I live in Canada I always keep my summer alloy wheels for spring, summer, fall and have a set of steel wheels with Ice/Snow tires to swap on in the winter. So the dealership put together a package of 4 steelies with snow tires and I had them install them straight on the car when I picked it up (since there is still some snow on teh ground here in Canada) The alloys I took home and stored in my garage and I will put them back on teh car near the end of March once the danger of spring snow storms is out of the way.

So the original alloys with TPMS are fine. The issue is that the dealer installed my steel rims without the TPMS senders so I have the faulty sender warning. What I have done is to order a set of 4 of the TPMS senders off EBay and once they arrive I will have them installed on my steel wheels.

What I am trying to determine is if I need to go to a Ford dealership every time I swap bwteen my steel wheels and alloy wheels. Some people say that they self train and thers say that you need teh dealer to do it. Just trying to find the real answer.
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People other than the dealer can do it. Infact ive done it. I haven't done it on a focus however. Their are three types of TPMS or four w/e, anyway I THINK ford used the band type which raps around the rim. The most important part with the band type is when your breaking the tires bead to not hit the sensor and break it and vise versa when putting the tire on the rim. Just be sure to not break it.. Its been a long time since I've done anything with the band type that I can't remember how it connects around the rim. However it should be easy enough to do yourself.
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I'm sorry, the TPMS system is an expensive joke imposed on us by a government that has much better things to do. Yes, there has been a "few" actually very few accidents as a result of grossly underinflated tires. Why should we all have to pay for a system because of a few individuals who will not check tire pressures once a month or so. It's easier than filling a car with gas and doesn't take much more time....if any!!! I have it on one of my cars and I can assure you it will not be fixed or replaced should anything go wrong with it. I can learn to ignore the light real quickly. (I'll now get off my soap box)
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^^ Lol yes it is a totally unneeded thing. Our country will continue to become even more redundant to things because we cater to the idiots and thus it is past down and so on.
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The focus ones are "band type" I've seen the diagrams in the manual. So I can just go buy a set of 4 band type TPMS sensors? Doesn't matter on brand and so on, as long as they are "band type"?
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