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#4806500 - 07/06/18 07:37 AM TPMS sensor life
novadude Offline


Registered: 01/16/03
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Loc: Shippensburg, PA
How long do TPMS sensors last? I've got a set on my winter wheels / tires going on 7 years old. Tires are only used ~5 months out of the year. I assume these have a battery of some type with finite life. I need new winter tires this year. Is it a good idea to replace the TPMS sensors while the tires are off, or can they go a lot longer than 7 years?

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#4806511 - 07/06/18 07:47 AM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: novadude]
gaijinnv Offline


Registered: 02/14/13
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Loc: Nevada, USA
You might get another couple of years out of your current sensors, but it would be a good idea to either rebuild your sensors when you mount the new tires - only good if the rebuild includes a new battery, but may not be possible with all sensor brands - or replace the sensors with new ones.

HTH


Edited by gaijinnv (07/06/18 07:54 AM)
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#4806515 - 07/06/18 07:51 AM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: novadude]
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They'll last about 10 years, so I'd replace them for sure while you have the tires off.
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#4806521 - 07/06/18 07:56 AM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: novadude]
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I disabled the TPMS.
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#4806562 - 07/06/18 08:40 AM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: novadude]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1905
Loc: SE British Columbia, Canada
Originally Posted By: novadude
How long do TPMS sensors last? I've got a set on my winter wheels / tires going on 7 years old. Tires are only used ~5 months out of the year. I assume these have a battery of some type with finite life. I need new winter tires this year. Is it a good idea to replace the TPMS sensors while the tires are off, or can they go a lot longer than 7 years?


The odds are they can last over ten years but one out of four might not make it that long. If you make it 7 years and need to replace the tires around then, I would replace them.

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#4806571 - 07/06/18 08:48 AM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: novadude]
RTexasF Offline


Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 2898
Loc: North TX
We replaced ours at 8 years while getting new tires. Our RAV4s have five sensors, that added $300 to the cost of the tires times two....OUCH!

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#4806581 - 07/06/18 08:55 AM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: novadude]
2010Civic Offline


Registered: 12/06/14
Posts: 362
Loc: Minnesota
I have a 2008 and 2010 Civic with TPMS. The 10's are original and I think the 08's are too. I plan to disable the TPMS light when they come on. I'm not going to spend a couple hundred bucks on each car to get new sensors. I'll just check my tire pressure myself. They really don't even work that well anyways...


Edited by 2010Civic (07/06/18 08:56 AM)
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#4806587 - 07/06/18 08:58 AM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: RTexasF]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1905
Loc: SE British Columbia, Canada
Originally Posted By: RTexasF
We replaced ours at 8 years while getting new tires. Our RAV4s have five sensors, that added $300 to the cost of the tires times two....OUCH!


There are cheaper ways such as buying them on Amazon, but you need a cooperative tire shop to put them in. I think most tire shops look at these as a nice profit center.

Having said that, they can save your life or those of your wife and kids. Not just by avoiding a blowout, but by avoiding being stuck on a freeway and having your family subjected to meeting a new group of “friends” on the side of the road.

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#4806605 - 07/06/18 09:15 AM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: novadude]
wag123 Offline


Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 947
Loc: Texas
It is going to depend on how long they are actually being used on a vehicle that is being driven. Most of them only power ON and transmit a signal when the tire is spinning faster than a certain speed, usually about 30 mph. When they are sitting static they power themselves OFF and the lithium battery is not being used/depleted.


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#4806774 - 07/06/18 12:25 PM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: 2010Civic]
hallstevenson Offline


Registered: 04/25/17
Posts: 411
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: 2010Civic
I'm not going to spend a couple hundred bucks on each car to get new sensors.
$50 for a 2-pack (VDO SE1001HP). I presume most units can be had for a similar price. Sam's Club will install for $5/tire and a $19 programming fee. I think Walmart has similar price. Check with your preferred tire shop too. Certainly doesn't have to cost a couple hundred bucks.

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#4806792 - 07/06/18 12:44 PM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: hallstevenson]
2010Civic Offline


Registered: 12/06/14
Posts: 362
Loc: Minnesota
Originally Posted By: hallstevenson
Originally Posted By: 2010Civic
I'm not going to spend a couple hundred bucks on each car to get new sensors.
$50 for a 2-pack (VDO SE1001HP). I presume most units can be had for a similar price. Sam's Club will install for $5/tire and a $19 programming fee. I think Walmart has similar price. Check with your preferred tire shop too. Certainly doesn't have to cost a couple hundred bucks.


Amazon has the VDO 2-pack for $53, which it says do not fit my 2010 Civic. So that is $106 for all 4. Plus $40 for install/programming. Almost $150 out the door. I'll pass.
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#4807173 - 07/06/18 09:21 PM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: novadude]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1905
Loc: SE British Columbia, Canada
If they lasted 7 years, $150 would be just over $21.00 per year vs doing a tire change in an interesting hood. smile

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#4807428 - 07/07/18 08:28 AM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: novadude]
2010Civic Offline


Registered: 12/06/14
Posts: 362
Loc: Minnesota
TPMS won't prevent you from having a flat?
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#4807637 - 07/07/18 12:20 PM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: novadude]
wag123 Offline


Registered: 06/14/11
Posts: 947
Loc: Texas
Ever wonder what drivers did for the 100+ years that TPMS was not available?
I check my tire pressures regularly and I keep an eye on my tires, always have. I am not about to spend what amounts to a pretty good percentage of the cost for a new set of tires to replace TPMS sensors. For me, this is a waste of money. I would rather invest the money in a better quality set of tires and replace them more often.


Edited by wag123 (07/07/18 12:21 PM)

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#4807814 - 07/07/18 04:41 PM Re: TPMS sensor life [Re: Snagglefoot]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 12147
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
If they lasted 7 years, $150 would be just over $21.00 per year vs doing a tire change in an interesting hood. smile
So if you bought a car that didn't have them, would you retrofit them?
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