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Must I replace the TPMS sensors when I replace my wheels?

Discussion in 'Gen III 2010+ Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by yadax3, Jun 28, 2010.

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  1. yadax3

    yadax3 New Member

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    Hi - I've read several threads trying to find a clear cut answer to my question but I'm still unsure and I don't want to make a costly mistake. I'm going to replace my 15" wheels with 17' wheels. Do I also need to order TPMS tire pressure sensors or can I reuse the sensors on my existing wheels? :confused:

    Thanks in advance for your expert advice!
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    You can reuse the sensors from your 15" wheels. It will not be a problem.
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    Thanks. Will I need to have the new wheels professionally installed in order to reuse the sensors?
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    The TPMS sensor mounts mounts directly on the other side of the factory valve stem. So instead of using new valve stems, the installer will use the existing valve stem units off your Toyota rims. Most vehicles in the past couple of years are equipped with some form of TPMS so I would believe tire installers are familiar with these units. If not, they prob would be out of business by now. Ask to make sure.
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    yadax3 New Member

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    When I phoned my dealer they said whether or not they can make the exchange depends on whether or not the old sensors fit the new rims. Here are the wheels I'm considering:

    Enkei Racing RS05 Bright Silver Paint

    How can I tell if the sensors will fit?
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    I was also thinking about those wheels. But, I went with Enkei RS+M. The sensors will work with Enkei wheels and a direct swap. Post a pic when you get them installed.
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    Ooh, I like those too. Can you post a photo of yours?
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    I was going to get the RS05. But, I was able to find a set of RS+M. They are discontinued just like the RS05 are about to be. Add your pics when you get them on your car. I would like to see what they look like on the 2010 Prius in BP.
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    Will do.
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    FYI: when you decide to move your sensors over, buy a new TPMS seal kit (I think they're called service kits in the parts catalog). Also, be sure they put a little silicone grease around the seals, as it helps to prevent leaking at the TPMS valve stem seals.
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    Thanks! I wonder if that is included in the $170 my dealership quoted me for doing the change over.
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    I paid $100 at a local speed shop for a mount, balance, and install done by hand with a proper torque wrench (I have Ce28n Eco Drives with aluminum Volk lug nuts). You may want to contact some locals if you want to save some money.
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    I just installed my new wheels with new Toyota TPMS sensors, but i haven't had them programmed yet. This car isn't nearly as annoying as some of my other cars, just a little low tire light. My EVO X dings at you every 10 minutes and flashes the dash when I have my track wheels on the car.
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    Here's what they look like http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii...el-thread-post-your-pictures.html#post1149279

    BTW, my dealership ended up charging me just $135 to mount and balance my new wheels/tires, install and program TPMS, and repair a slow leak in one of my old tires.
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