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TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System)

With threads starting to creep up on winter tires etc, I thought I would start a separate thread for everything TPMS.

According to specs, the USA versions have TPMS. Canadian versions do not have TPMS, at least according to a call I put into a local dealer (perhaps some fellow Canucks with '13 SFs can confirm).

Something to keep in mind if you are swapping out tires AND wheels (with TPMS) for winter: you may need to get the dealer to program in the codes of the new set each time you swap out.

This, at least, is what needs to be done on our Toyota Highlanders. Unfortunately, the computer only has capacity to retain TPMS sensor codes for 5 sensors (including spare), not 9 (which would include 4 summer, 4 winter, 1 spare). This is a huge thorn in the sides of those of us who have a separate set because most dealers will charge upwards of $50 each time you swap out in order to change the codes in your car. So, $100 per year (each spring and fall).

Some opted to forgo the sensors on winter wheels and ignore the dash light or put a piece of black electrical tape over it while winter wheels were on the vehicle. I opted to buy a device so I can program my own codes:

ATEQ TPMS QuickSet

The cost of the device paid for itself in 1.5 years (ie. 3 dealer swaps). It is compatible with Hyundais up to 2012 according to the website, but I am sure a software update will make them compatible with 2013s as well.

It would be great to know whether the computer on the SF has the capacity to retain all 9 sensor codes, or if they have to be reprogrammed every swap (Fall, spring), and what dealers charge.

If this is in fact the case with SF, and you choose to go down the route of getting TPMS sensors for your winter wheels (and your own ATEQ device), make sure you write down the codes directly off the sensor. These will be needed for any programming if you will be using ATEQ, or if you need to reprogram later for any reason. Better yet, do what I did....also take photos of the sensors and keep them stored in a safe location. Otherwise, you could find yourself having to pay after the fact...either to get a shop to unmount the tire to read the code off the sensor or paying a shop that has the hardware to read the sensor code wirelessly (and not all have this capability).

Just as a side note, I bought my sensors off ebay and paid about $100 for all four. They were used but came with new washers and rubber grommets (this is essential if you are buying used TPMS sensors...otherwise they could leak over time). So far, 3 winters and going on 4th, they are working well.

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Great information.


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Also remember that water is a component of oxygen which is terrible for TPMS sensors and the main cause of their failure. If your installer does not use nitrogen, which has no moisture as a component, go elsewhere.

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Also remember that water is a component of oxygen which is terrible for TPMS sensors and the main cause of their failure. If your installer does not use nitrogen, which has no moisture as a component, go elsewhere.
I have been running regular air in my cobalt for 5 years and never had an issue. Know lots of people who do the same and never experienced failure.


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Same here. 4 years with my TPMS using regular air in my stock wheels and no issues.
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Same here. 4 years with my TPMS using regular air in my stock wheels and no issues.
My previously owned 2007 Honda Cr-V wouldn't go 4 days without the TPMS light coming on......POS system and I covered up the light with black paper after it was out of warranty.
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Same here. 4 years with my TPMS using regular air in my stock wheels and no issues.
I am just saying that the potential for TPMS failure is greater with O2 then with nitrogen; any mechanic will support that statement.
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Of course they will they charge $5 a tire for nitrogen lol


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So what is a reasonable amount of time for said sensors to last if 4 years and going strong when using regular air isn't adequate? Personally the only benefit I can see using O2 during winter is for pressure loss for those of us who don't regularly check tire pressure.
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I am just saying that the potential for TPMS failure is greater with O2 then with nitrogen; any mechanic will support that statement.
We have TPMS around here for 5+ yr now.. we not seeing sensors dropping dead due to air in tire.. biggest killer of TPMS sensor we see is tire flunkie at tire store breaking sensor when removing/installing tire... have to admit, I do not like steel wheel with sensor in them, as I have brake a couple myself..

Second offender is those who add Fix-A-Flat or SLIME...

BTW,,, I am a Hyundai dealer Technician

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