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Old 04-25-2013, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default Do I Have a Tire Pressure Sensor Monitor

How do I tell if I have the tire pressure sensor monitor installed? It's a 2012 WRX Limited with stock wheels (and tires, I assume) that I purchased with 15,200 miles on it.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:55 AM   #2
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All 2012s have TPMS...? There would be a dash light on if you didnt, it would flash on ignition if there was a malfunction..
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:07 AM   #3
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Thank you very much.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:17 AM   #4
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All vehicles after 2008 are required by federal law to have a TPMS installed.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:33 AM   #5
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All vehicles after 2008 are required by federal law to have a TPMS installed.
It's a retarded feature that the government has regulated on cars for whatever reason. It's a hinderance to my winter/summer tire setup. I hate that light and refuse to pay $100 for the light to go away.
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:27 AM   #6
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Oh man! So if I switch rims (as I was planning to do) does that mean I have to get a new OEM TPMS? Or if I get new tires, do I also have to do that?
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Old 04-25-2013, 02:58 AM   #7
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Oh man! So if I switch rims (as I was planning to do) does that mean I have to get a new OEM TPMS? Or if I get new tires, do I also have to do that?
If you get new wheels and want the light to stay off then you'll need to get tpms sensors installed in those wheels. Everytime you want to switch wheels you'll need to go to a dealership to reprogram the tpms.
An alternative is to get a set of programmable tpms and program the set with the same codes as what you have now. Hardest part is finding a shop that has the right tool for this scenario...nothing a bunch of calls won't fix.
Last alternative is to just ignore that light
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:40 AM   #8
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It's a retarded feature that the government has regulated on cars for whatever reason. It's a hinderance to my winter/summer tire setup. I hate that light and refuse to pay $100 for the light to go away.

Pay $100 once and get an Ateq Quickset. When I switch from winters to summers and vice versa, I just plug the Quickset into the OBD and push a button. No light.


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Oh man! So if I switch rims (as I was planning to do) does that mean I have to get a new OEM TPMS? Or if I get new tires, do I also have to do that?
Just new sensors for all four when you get new rims. If you get a rim/tire combo from Tire Rack, for instance, you can order the sensors installed already in the combo. If you just get tires with the stock rims you already have, no sensor change necessary (unless the installer messes up the sensor). Word of warning, if you buy a Tirerack combo, they do not turn the sensors on (to conserve batteries). So when you put the wheels on, a tire store or mechanic has to walk around the car with an activator.

If you're getting seperate winter and summer rims, get the Ateq Quickset as mentioned above to switch between codes yourself when you switch wheels.

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Old 04-25-2013, 04:54 PM   #9
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Oh man, it just never ends, the sensors have batteries ?, wonderful, something else that needs to be replaced. Gotta love the feds. Wonder who of our elected clowns made out on that piece of legislation.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:57 PM   #10
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Oh man, it just never ends, the sensors have batteries ?, wonderful, something else that needs to be replaced. Gotta love the feds. Wonder who of our elected clowns made out on that piece of legislation.
Yep, sensors have batteries in them, when the batteries die the entire sensor has to be replaced. Supposed to last around 100k miles though.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:28 PM   #11
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Oh man, it just never ends, the sensors have batteries ?, wonderful, something else that needs to be replaced. Gotta love the feds. Wonder who of our elected clowns made out on that piece of legislation.
You can blame the Bush era of administration if you really want to point fingers. But its unfortunately a legit concern if no one, generally speaking, wants to go out of their way to make sure their cars are safe to operate on the road.
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