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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-11-2018, 11:52 PM
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Not viewing the pesky light is not worth $150 to you?

Sorry. Could not resist.
If anything, I use that light as a reminder of the $150 I saved by not buying the set of sensors for my winter wheel/tire package

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I've still been back and forth on whether I am going to put TPMS sensors in my winter tires. I've gone a few months with the light on and that doesn't bother me much any more but having an almost new car with a major feature disabled still doesn't set right with me.

When the tire shop didn't have the right sensors I think I remember him saying they could install the sensors later by just breaking the bead and the tires wouldn't have to be re-balanced. Does that sound right?
As you know, I'm an advocate. Two incredible saves by the early warning of TPMS since 2011 has made me a true believer.

True, you could just break the bead seal and slip an assembly in to replace the valve, reseal with the wet stuff and reinflate the tire. But you will be adding approximately 20 grams to one spot. That's like tacking on 3 of the 1/4 oz stick-on weights. I suspect that you won't be totally happy at highway speeds.


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Well I went against the grain and bought a pack of four off Amazon for 59 for the set.. it was pretty much identical to the shrader sensors for numbers and all and the company makes tons of other products that seemed either really good or just okay so for the price I'll give it a shot

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If you get the programmable sensors like Schrader EZ, they can be set to match the sensor IDs in your other wheels. But if you use non-programmable sensors, the IDs are fixed, and the car's ECU will need to be reprogrammed every time you switch wheels. (ATEQ Quickset is the tool of choice for the ECU reprogramming task, but it doesn't program the actual sensors.)
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As you know, I'm an advocate. Two incredible saves by the early warning of TPMS since 2011 has made me a true believer.

True, you could just break the bead seal and slip an assembly in to replace the valve, reseal with the wet stuff and reinflate the tire. But you will be adding approximately 20 grams to one spot. That's like tacking on 3 of the 1/4 oz stick-on weights. I suspect that you won't be totally happy at highway speeds.
That is what I was worried about. I just didn't know if the added weight inside of the wheel would affect the balance.
But thinking back I'm pretty sure the tire shop didn't tell me they would do that after all. I just remembered it wrong. When he talked about just having to break the bead was when he was having trouble reading my factory TPMS sensors in the stock wheels. That was when I first got there and he went outside to do that part while waiting for a stall to open to get the car inside and get the winter tires mounted and swapped. That was when he said if he couldn't get it to work he might have to break the bead to get the code or whatever directly off the sensors.

It never came to that because the sensors they had there supposedly wouldn't work on my wheels. Something about them hitting the side of the tire or something that I later decided didn't make much sense but who knows? I think maybe he just didn't want to admit he couldn't figure out how to program them with my car. Anyway, if I do decide to go with the sensors I will have to have the tires balanced again for sure.
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Well I went against the grain and bought a pack of four off Amazon for 59 for the set.. it was pretty much identical to the shrader sensors for numbers and all and the company makes tons of other products that seemed either really good or just okay so for the price I'll give it a shot
Curious; what brand and part number?

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Curious; what brand and part number?


The brand comes out of asia somewhere im pretty sure. Name is AUTOKAY. I went through their sellers page and found other tpms sensors and none of them have bad reviews so I'll be the guinea pig!


https://www.amazon.com/AUTOKAY-Pressure-Monitor-Sensors-Impreza/dp/B076VJ84Q3



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The brand comes out of asia somewhere im pretty sure. Name is AUTOKAY. I went through their sellers page and found other tpms sensors and none of them have bad reviews so I'll be the guinea pig!


https://www.amazon.com/AUTOKAY-Pressure-Monitor-Sensors-Impreza/dp/B076VJ84Q3



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I see that the last picture has a sticker on the TPMS that says "Made in UK".
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The brand comes out of asia somewhere im pretty sure. Name is AUTOKAY. I went through their sellers page and found other tpms sensors and none of them have bad reviews so I'll be the guinea pig!
https://www.amazon.com/AUTOKAY-Pressure-Monitor-Sensors-Impreza/dp/B076VJ84Q3
... and these are programmable for cloning ?
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The brand comes out of asia somewhere im pretty sure. Name is AUTOKAY. I went through their sellers page and found other tpms sensors and none of them have bad reviews so I'll be the guinea pig!
https://www.amazon.com/AUTOKAY-Pressure-Monitor-Sensors-Impreza/dp/B076VJ84Q3
... and these are programmable for cloning ?
Those appear to be standard Subaru-compatible sensors, which are not programmable for cloning.

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