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Old 11-15-2007, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default TPMS on 08 Imprezas!!

Can the TPMS warning light be turned off without sensors on the wheels and is anyone running aftermarket wheels without pressure sensors on them?
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:32 PM   #2
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i haven't seen anything. the sensors should be able to be transfered into aftermarket wheels without to much difficulty. as long as the sensors are not replaced, you should not have to recalibrate them.
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Old 11-15-2007, 02:24 PM   #3
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you can try transfer the sensors between wheels but they are apparently a little fragile and if not done correctly can be easily damaged.
I just put new sensors on my WRX rims to put on my 08 OB. Tirerack have them for 60+ bucks a piece, the dealer wanted 80+. at least sube sensors are cheap, on my wife;s sienna they want 100+/250+!
I've not seen anywhere where you can eliminate the light coming on, maybe you can pull a fuse or something but black tape seems the best option if you don;t want to have functioning sensors on the car!
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Old 11-21-2007, 06:25 PM   #4
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I just put snows w/steelies (no TPMS), on my 08 OBS this afternoon. I figured I'd have to live with the dash light staying lit for the winter, but it never came on when I started the car. Drove around for a while too... light stayed off. Hopefully it'll remain that way.
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Old 11-21-2007, 10:27 PM   #5
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Don't take this the wrong way, but by not having the TPMS on the wheels is similar to removing an air-bag. If you end up having a problem, you can no longer point the finger at the manufacturer. In this case, if you have a tire failure, you might be able to point the finger at the tire installer.

TPMS, at last I read, is to be standard equipment on all 2008 and newer cars, SUV's, etc. It's there to help us protect us from ourselves.

In 2012, traction control is to be standard equipment.

Again, protecting the public from themselves.
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Old 11-22-2007, 02:14 AM   #6
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I heard that even if you rotate your tires you have to reprogram themat least thats how it is on legacys so I assume it's the same for a wrx
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Old 11-22-2007, 07:49 AM   #7
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Well, it looks like I spoke too soon. The idiot light came on last night after driving for over an hour. The light now blinks on startup (every time) then remains on steady. Oh well, it's only slightly annoying... I can live with it.


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Don't take this the wrong way, but by not having the TPMS on the wheels is similar to removing an air-bag. If you end up having a problem, you can no longer point the finger at the manufacturer. In this case, if you have a tire failure, you might be able to point the finger at the tire installer.

TPMS, at last I read, is to be standard equipment on all 2008 and newer cars, SUV's, etc. It's there to help us protect us from ourselves.

In 2012, traction control is to be standard equipment.

Again, protecting the public from themselves.

I hear ya... well kind of. I would hardly compare it to removing an airbag though.

I'll be damned if I shell out a couple hundred bucks for the sensors, and then have to pay someone to re-calibrate them every time I rotate my tires.

I manually check my tire pressure often, so I'll take my chances.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:04 PM   #8
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News TPMS pressure range 08 Impreza

So, I’ve been following the TPMS issues on the board for a while because I have the same problem as many of you. My light is on unless my pressure is at 36psi or greater, the moment it drops below 36 the light illuminates. All the information that I have found online indicates that the light should light up when the pressure is between 26-27psi.

Long story short, I brought my car into Chaplin’s Subaru in Bellevue to have them check it out and get the light to turn off. All they did was inflate my tires to 36psi, but did not recalibrate the system. I called them and they explained that it is an issue and there is nothing to be done at this time, and apparently the system reacts to cold weather, not just pressure. They told me as the months get warmer I should be able to decrease pressure and run the tires at spec. I have an issue with this recommendation… first off it’s better to have slightly lower pressure when driving on the snow… better footprint…. Also you get better tire wear when they are at factory default psi, not to mention better ride comfort. Chaplin’s told me that the 08 Subaru can not be recalibrated and the only solution at this time was to ignore the light or run the tires at 36psi. The mechanic also mentioned that this has been a known issue on all the Tribecas for some time now.

If anyone has any new info, please share.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:20 PM   #9
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Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

A direct tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) will be standard equipment on every vehicle sold in the U.S. after September, 2007. The criteria for TPMS standardization is that the vehicle must have only four wheels (no dual-wheeled trucks or motorcycles), and weigh less than 10,000 lbs.

Subaru has had TPMS on some American cars since 2005. Schrader sensors are used and are in stock at The Tire Rack for all Subarus up to some of ther the 2008 model year applications. The size of the sensor shouldn’t be a problem for many wheels, but if the valve hole is in the middle of the wheel’s barrel, the sensor will not fit properly. Wheel manufacturers are aware of the issue and are rushing to get most of their wheels TPMS-compatible.

The Tire Rack's fitment specialists have carefully determined which wheels that are currently available will be compatible with the system installed on your vehicle.
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:42 PM   #10
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Don't take this the wrong way, but by not having the TPMS on the wheels is similar to removing an air-bag. If you end up having a problem, you can no longer point the finger at the manufacturer. In this case, if you have a tire failure, you might be able to point the finger at the tire installer.

TPMS, at last I read, is to be standard equipment on all 2008 and newer cars, SUV's, etc. It's there to help us protect us from ourselves.

In 2012, traction control is to be standard equipment.

Again, protecting the public from themselves.
TPMS is the birthchild of Ford, Firestone, rolling SUVs and liberal pansies wanting big government. Basically a bunch of Ford Explorers rolled over and killed people. Firestone said it was a design flaw in the vehicle. Ford said it was a manufacturing flaw in the tires. Then a bunch of fat congressman said they'll fix it by mandating tire pressure monitoring systems on all cars. Then they felt real pleased with themselves and people forgot about Fords killing people. The Explorer is the #1 selling SUV. Firestone is about where they were. The reason for the rollovers was never actually solved. Government gained a little more control of our lives and the average guy has more expenses and hassles related to owning a car. Now all we need are GPS sensors connected to a safe speed travel grid ready to cut the fuel to any car speeding.

It's amazing the human race ever survived without being protected from themselves.
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:16 AM   #11
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Can the TPMS warning light be turned off
no ... it's against the law to make the TPMS system inoperable
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:45 AM   #12
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Glad to be in canukistan.. no tpms on my wrx.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:41 PM   #13
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TPMS is the birthchild of Ford, Firestone, rolling SUVs and liberal pansies wanting big government. Basically a bunch of Ford Explorers rolled over and killed people. Firestone said it was a design flaw in the vehicle. Ford said it was a manufacturing flaw in the tires. Then a bunch of fat congressman said they'll fix it by mandating tire pressure monitoring systems on all cars. Then they felt real pleased with themselves and people forgot about Fords killing people. The Explorer is the #1 selling SUV. Firestone is about where they were. The reason for the rollovers was never actually solved. Government gained a little more control of our lives and the average guy has more expenses and hassles related to owning a car. Now all we need are GPS sensors connected to a safe speed travel grid ready to cut the fuel to any car speeding.

It's amazing the human race ever survived without being protected from themselves.
Very well said
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:11 PM   #14
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Has any newer recent information been released on the TPMS sensors? I purchased snow tires with TPMS and am under the impression that I will have to take a trip to the dealership to get the new sensors synched with the car, and will have to repeat this process every time I go between winter and summer tires. Has anyone found a way to complete this synching process themselves?
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:25 AM   #15
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AFAIK...you would be well served to just ignore that stupid light and check your tire pressures like you have always done.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:55 AM   #16
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you guys dont have to buy new sensors. just order the rubber tpms valve stems, install valve stems in new wheels, old sensors screw out and can be put on new wheels. no programming required cause they are the same sensors. like $20 for 4 valve stems.
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Old 11-12-2008, 10:01 AM   #17
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but what about the mounting and balancing charges?
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:20 PM   #18
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AFAIK...you would be well served to just ignore that stupid light and check your tire pressures like you have always done.
Exactly. If you can't tell you have a tire going low, well I guess you are in the same boat as the guy that doesn't know his oil level is low until the light comes on. RP
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:25 PM   #19
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no TPMS causes your dash to PMS
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:08 PM   #20
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I realize that I will still need to check the pressure manually and plan on doing so. I was just hoping that purchasing the sensors for my snow wheels would let me avoid having an annoying light on my dash all winter. Is this possible?
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