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Slightly on-topic post, here.

One thing I've wanted to try with these silly TPMS systems is taking all four sensors and sealing them into a container- PVC pipe, maybe- with a Schrader valve on it. That way, you could run any tire/wheel combo you wanted without worrying about the sensors. Just stow the PVC container in the trunk and off you go. The computer thinks everything is fine, and it will even let you know when to top off the air in your container. It would require you checking the air in your tires from time to time (*gasp* the horror!), but you could run any wheels that fit, and even swap them at will.
No offense, but it most likely will not work. The sensors need to be triggered by motion before they will transmit.


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Sorry 2014GT. The sensors are always on. They are not triggered by motion.

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Sorry 2014GT. The sensors are always on. They are not triggered by motion.
Actually, they are not. They go to sleep (or transmit at a much slower frequency) to conserve battery life and are awakened by motion. This is why every attempt to trick these sensors with pipes or placing them in the spare tire never works. If you don't believe me, just Google the specs on these sensors.

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toyota and lexus sometimes use tpms in there full size spares.. Im not saying your wrong but they dont really ever move..

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toyota and lexus sometimes use tpms in there full size spares.. Im not saying your wrong but they dont really ever move..
I'm not sure about how Toyota or Lexus configures their systems... just how Ford does it.

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Actually, they are not. They go to sleep (or transmit at a much slower frequency) to conserve battery life and are awakened by motion. This is why every attempt to trick these sensors with pipes or placing them in the spare tire never works. If you don't believe me, just Google the specs on these sensors.
The sensors-in-a-pressurized-pipe trick will probably work as long as your drives remain under about 20 miles, round trip.


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I read some different sources about the PVC pipe method. However it is unclear if you need ONE sensor in the pipe or all 4. Otherwise the TPMS error comes up.

The shop I got to take my wheels off...didn't have the right tool to unscrew the sensors... yeah I know they were a hole-in-the-wall shop here in Atlanta so shame on me.

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If you do go to the expense/time of getting new ones installed it is also an opportunity for the tires shop to damage your rims or car.

When I bought my take offs for winter use the previous owner had transferred his to the new rims. The selling price reflected that if there had been sensors they would have been worth +$100. If I was offered two sets one with/one without I'd pick the without to save $100.


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I like the idea of the sensors in a pvc pipe and stowed in the trunk. It would really prove useful for those that race different styles. Has anyone tried this?
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