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#1 Old 03-20-2012, 05:01 PM
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TPMS Experience - Hyundai Rip Off?

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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The sensors must be paired with your car for it to read them. They don't ping back constantly and I imagine that your car can miss some pings from your tire sensors for a while before it trips the light. If it got a "bad pressure" ping it should light right away.

I wish it showed individual tires too. Only plus side to systems like this is you don't have to reprogram the system every time you rotate the tires. Forget to do that one time and it's telling you the wrong tire is low.
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winter tire tpms

do you have to re-program each winter and spring when you switch your tires and wheels?
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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.




Sorry but I disagree. I have an SE with 18” rims. When Ibought 17” wheels and Continental DWS tires back in November for winter driving I asked about TPMS sensors and the guy I always deal with atmy local Discount Tire Center told me that they had sensors that will work with the Sonata. I said yea but I don’t want to have to pay the dealer to reprogram everything every 6 months and he assured me that it wouldn’t be necessary that the sensors would work fine.

These folks have always done good by me on my other cars so I went along with it. Sure enough half way home the f***** little light comes on. I pull into the gas station and pull out my tire pressure gauge and check the tires …. They only filled them up to 32 all the way round. I increased it to 36 all around and within a mile ……low-and-behold the sensor light went out.

Last weekend I took the car in for a free tire rotation and of course each time they do this they check the air pressure ….. back down to32 ….. and driving home the light comes on. Stopped at the gas station and filled them to 36 and the light goes off.

Well ... it aint a Corvette .... but then again ...... it doesn't get 14 mpg either!

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I think this depends on the dealer as to what they charged. When I had to have this done one time they did it for free. But it does require their special calibrator to do it.

Having said that I once had one reset itself without benefit of recalibration. I'm sure there is an explanation for this but the dealer didn't know how it would do that.

Although they do not tell the amount of air pressure they have several times told me when the air pressure was low and overall, although many will disagree, I think they are a significant safety improvement. How much is your life worth?

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I don't know if reprograming will be necessary when the winter tires are put back on.

Mr. Peabody,
That's certainly encouraging news! The sensors I bought from the Tire Rack are also for a Sonata. I guess I'll just have to wait and see if the warning light ever comes on.

Personally, I'd rather disable the entire TPMS. I check my tire pressures at least every 2 weeks and believe I would know when a tire is low while driving. I do think the TPMS is good for some people who might not be mechanically inclined.

Just upset that I might have to take it to a dealer everytime I change tires/wheels.
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Well think about this. While traveling in my previous vehicle I ran over some debris in the road and the TPMS light came on. I pulled over and changed the tire which was ruined with only 1,800 miles on it. Had I not had that light come on I might have ruined the alloy wheel before I realized the tire had gone completely flat. As it was, no damage was done to the wheel and the ruined tire was replaced and I was on my way.

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Our TPMS light found a slow leak that was caused by two small punctures. The Sonata is my wife's car so I'm happy it detected it prior to the tire getting dangerously low and while she was on the road. I swapped all 4 tires at that point (1200 miles) as it was an excuse to get the Conti DWSs that I wanted for the family vehicle
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Well I swapped out my 18 inchers for 16 inch winter tires on steel last November. No TPMS adjustment..no signals...alloys put back on a week ago. Not a problem all winter(well what there was of it)
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Update: Last Saturday had been a week since the new alloys were installed with the new sensors and the warning light has not come on telling me it didn't recognize the new sensors. I decided to check and see if the Sonata was recognizing the new sensors. I let air out of one of the tires and when it was down to about 28# the warning light came on with the message "Low Tire Pressure"!

So apparently the Sonatas will re-program new sensors automatically, just as others have stated. I am delighted that I can switch between my regular and winter wheels/tires without having to pay someone to re-program the care.
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