Hereís the situation - I have a set of winter wheels and tires for my pickup. I need to change the TPMS sensors to a newer version. The wheels are Ford factory stock aluminum wheels from around 2006.
I can buy OEM takeoff sensors with stems for around $60 a set - new from the dealer are around $200. To get a shop to change them out would be around $20-$25 each. I would like to do this myself.
I would have to break the bead only near the valve stems. Break the bead and hold it down while changing out the stems/sensors, then hopefully just air them back up and be good to go.
I was thinking of buying this to break the bead - Harbor Freight Manual Tire Changer for $32 (after 20% coupon).
My idea would be to just break the bead next to the valve stem, have Mrs. C hold the bead down while I change them, then simply air them back up. A question that comes to mind is the balancing weights - I am hoping that I donít have to remove any weights so I donít have to get them rebalanced.
Think this will work? Is there something that I am not considering?
If I can do this myself as explained it will cost me roughly $100 including the tire tool vs around $300 for dealer sensors and installation.