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Default Mustang TPMS Work Around

I did the so called “Pipe Bomb” mod and it worked. No more TPMS light!

Parts need:
Two 2” PVC end caps
One 2” PVC pipe not shorter than 6”
One valve stem from auto zone
PVC All Purpose Cement and PVC Primer Cleaner

I used the 2” PVC because the end caps looked like they would give me the best seal for the valve stems. Drilling a smaller than need hold for the valve stems and then working you way up until you can wiggle and pull the valve stem into place. Getting a good seal on the valve stem is the only part that I think can go wrong, if it has a small leak then you will have to refill the pipe every week or two. The end caps when attached properly with PVC primer and cement are rated up to 160PSI so their wont be any leak problems there. I think my sensors went into sleep mode and had to be activated by using the steps listed in the PDF I will post. It took a day of driving before the light went off. Its been a week now and still no light.

Good luck

O by the way, keep in mind you are disabling a safety device on your car so I am not liable for any harm that may come as a result. This includes bad tire where due to under inflation, over inflation, or the 7 years of bad luck this mod is supposed to cause. :run_over:
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Is there no way to just have the TPMS disabled if you don't want it?
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I'm pretty sure you can turn it off with a hand held tuner. I know you can turn it of with the HP tuner.
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I have a lot of friends that work at ford dealerships, one works on breaks and safety equipment and other works on drivability. They all say the same thing this system is routed threw a different part of the commuter and can not be tampered with. The VSM module as one of them called it was build not to be tampered with.

Short of talking to the guy at ford that designed the thing I can not come up with another work around. Maybe that’s a good idea; I have made stranger phone calls like that before to get random information. Engineers love to spill the beans on technical stuff I know because I am one.
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I'm pretty sure you can turn it off with a hand held tuner. I know you can turn it of with the HP tuner.
You have done it or seen it done in person?
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A few of my source tell me that the TPMS is not run threw the PCM at all. It has something to do with the GEM or HEC module. No tuner in there right mind would ever think about hacking a safety device as that would invite lawsuits. You could never get product insurance for a tool like that.

"Our software only controls the pcm(powertrain control module) & TCM(transmission control module) the TPMS is controlled by a different module(possibly abs or similar) that we will not be supporting."

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Oh well, just a thought... So where do you store this 'PVC pipe bomb'?
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With all the other junk in my trunk. By spare tire.
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sorry I stand corrected. I could have sworn my buddy was able to do it with his livewire..I was wrong though. My tuner was able to do it on his 07 using the HP program though.
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After Ford had issues with Firestone tires blowing up and many lawsuits later. If you ever had a similar issue with your tire blowing up causing a fatal or serious injury accident and wanted to sue Ford the sensor should be in place.
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Seems like alot of work. I took my car to the shop, just a regular tire/alignment/general services shop and they ordered some straps ($60 for all 4) swapped out the sensors and walahh all better and I still have the safety feature. Not sure what the big deal is
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Not sure what the big deal is
I agree,after 100 hundred years without the sensors and now we need them.I blame it on the lawyers,feds and just for sh!ts and giggles the EPA.
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Any pics of the tube.
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A few of my source tell me that the TPMS is not run threw the PCM at all. It has something to do with the GEM or HEC module...
I've read a post claiming it's part of the SJB. Do you think there's any truth to it? Anyone out there have an actual schematic of the SJB itself?
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So this mod actually works? I thought about this in detail, but for some reason was under the impression that the sensors required motion to activate (like a kinetic watch does).

It's fine for the folks that just want to replace their worn tires and retain the stock wheel, but to switch to aftermarket (or even a different set of OEM wheels) is a royal PIA because you have to pay them to seperate the stock wheels just to get the sensors and then re-install into the new wheels.

If this really works, then I've got to do this! A good tire gauge is only a couple of bucks and it only takes 5 minutes to check your tire pressure once a week or so...
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