Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Central Ohio
2011 Sonata SE 2.0T, Phantom Black
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Last November I had winter tires installed on the stock 18" rims on my Sonata Turbo. Last week I ordered new 18" alloys for the stock tires as well as new tire pressure sensors from Tire Rack. Got the new rims and had the stock tires mounted and balanced.
Going into this I was under the impression that I would have to take the car to a Hyundai dealer to get the new sensors re-programed. Well, I've driven the car for 3 days now and have never had the warning light come on telling me the car doesn't recognize the new sensors! BTW, I've called 3 Hyundai dealers in the area to see what they charge for re-programing the sensors. Two dealers quoted me $93 and one quoted $52.
I called Tire Rack this morning to see if they knew why my warning light hasn't come on. The fella I talked to asked if the winter tires and rims were in the garage where I parked the Sonata. I said yes, and he said the car was picking up a signal from the winter tires and rims! He said eventually the warning light will come on. He also said it takes about 5 minutes to re-program the new sensors! They do it all the time in their garage.
Hyundai has definitely taken the cheap route with these sensors that have to be re-programed when you change wheels. IMO these sensors are worthless since they do not tell you the actual tire pressure or which tire is low. I rented a Chevy Colbalt a few years ago that had the TPMS and it told you the tire pressure in each tire! Charging $93 for this service is a complete rip off.
BTW, I ordered my new alloys from Tire Rack at 3:34 PM last Wednesday, paid for regular UPS ground, and received them Thursday! Their service and product knowledge is by far the best in the industry.
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