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post #221 of 253 (permalink) Old 08-20-2018, 08:28 PM
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I'm new here, so forgive if I'm asking a question that's already been answered - if I'm swapping out the stock wheels on my 18' outback, and don't plan on using them again, can I just remove the sensors from those and put them on the new wheels? Thanks!
Yes, that's exactly what I did, mostly because I could never get new sensors to work. I have the OEM sensors in my aftermarket wheels. I plan to add snow tires to the OEM wheels, and I will mount them without sensors.


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I am thinking of doing a wheel swap with a 2017 18 inch wheel to a 2018 17 inch suburu outback.

question: are the tpms sensors provided in 2017 outback wheels compatible with the 2018 outback system? (i think i read that there was a change in the 2018 system)

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I am thinking of doing a wheel swap with a 2017 18 inch wheel to a 2018 17 inch suburu outback.

question: are the tpms sensors provided in 2017 outback wheels compatible with the 2018 outback system? (i think i read that there was a change in the 2018 system)

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They operate on different frequencies NOT compatible. You could replace them with your style and sell the 2018 sensors.
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They operate on different frequencies NOT compatible. You could replace them with your style and sell the 2018 sensors.
and when you rotate your tires, i am guessing you need a device to tell the car to update the new wheel positions?
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and when you rotate your tires, i am guessing you need a device to tell the car to update the new wheel positions?

According to the head mechanic at the local dealer the car will figure it out! He said it has an antenna in each wheel well that reads the sensor from that wheel. After you drive for a few miles it will know where each sensor is located. I have not to verified this yet.

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Can someone clarify how this works: If I buy a new set of Subaru TPMS to put on winter wheels, can Subaru dealer make it so that each wheel set (winter and summer) will work without additional reprogramming? Or do I need to reprogram each time I swap wheels? Thanks.

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With the 2018 model, the computer needs to be updated every time wheels are changed out or rotated. The aftermarket TPMS programming tools (except for the inexpensive ATEQ Quikset) can do this. The TMPS programmer needs to have the module that plugs into the OBD2 port to update the vehicle's computer.

We can clone the factory TPMS sensors with most aftermarket TPMS tools. Just about every tire shop should have this capability. Cloning works well, but you still need to update the computer so that the correct tire pressures are displayed on the vehicle's info screen.
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Can someone clarify how this works: If I buy a new set of Subaru TPMS to put on winter wheels, can Subaru dealer make it so that each wheel set (winter and summer) will work without additional reprogramming? Or do I need to reprogram each time I swap wheels? Thanks.
No, it doesn't work that way. That's why I won't bother putting TPMS sensors in my winter wheel setup.

My 2009 MINI JCW was user programmable using a control stalk in the steering console. That was easy=peasy to deal with. No shop intervention required at all.

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I have a 2018 subaru outback 3.6 limited and am looking to swap my 18's out for 17's (new wheel/tires). Based on what I read here, the best way to get the TPMS working properly is to buy a set of schrader 33500 and have the place program 2017-2018 impreza.

Is this still the best method?
Could I take my OEM sensors and swap them to the new wheel/tire set?

Thanks!
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I have a 2018 subaru outback 3.6 limited and am looking to swap my 18's out for 17's (new wheel/tires). Based on what I read here, the best way to get the TPMS working properly is to buy a set of schrader 33500 and have the place program 2017-2018 impreza.

Is this still the best method?
Could I take my OEM sensors and swap them to the new wheel/tire set?

Thanks!
It didn't work for me this past winter when I bought a wheel/tire set from TireRack and had them install the "correct" sensors. Search back in this thread for discoussion about my experience. Maybe the situation has gotten better since then.


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