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I am looking for a spare set of rims for my chevy-2006 Silverado 4x4. can I use the type of rims that have these tire sensors on my truck, evenlo I don't have any on my present truck rims. how does these things work, our Honda pilot has them, they let u know if ur air pressure is low-correct. can I buy the newer rims that are for sale and not use these hick-am-jeems! I have found some really nice rims out their for sale, but most have these sensors with them. are they mounted in the rims? if so then their is a extra hole in the rim-right. enlighten me with the right info on this. thanks big jim
 

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I have 2 vehicles that use the Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. The sensor just replaces the usual air valve. There are no extra hole on any of my wheels. The wheels themselves are the same whether you have the sensors or not.

If you buy wheels that have the sensors but your truck isn't setup for them, they won't hurt anything. The senors will just be ignored. You could also just have the TPMS sensors removed and have regular valve stems put in.
 

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I just did this. I have a 03 Avalanche which is my beater vehicle. The Aluminum rims were junk and leaking around the valve stems. I found a really nice set of take offs on Craigs List from a 2011 Tahoe which has tire pressure monitors. What was it everything 2007 and newer had to have them because of EPA? Something like that. Anyhow GM just has a sensor built into the base of the valve stem. If you were worried about it you could put regular stems in them when they mount tires. Or just run with it. They will transmit a signal (if the battery is still good) but there is nothing in your truck to receive it. No harm.

Now most vehicles use a transmit type sensor. Sometimes it is in a valve stem some times it is a band around the rim. Some cars however use other sensors. For instance some years of VW vehicles use data from the ABS system. If a tire is low it will turn at a different speed than the others. Since ABS monitors wheel speed and compares them to determine if a wheel has locked up, it can also be used to detect a difference in RPM compared to other wheels. That data along with steering wheel position sensor will determine that you are going straight and if that difference is outside a certain % and will trigger a low pressure alarm. The problem with this type of system though is that it is common for tire pressures to drop along with the temps. If the temp drops and the pressure drops in all 4 tires, then they are all possibly low and it may not trip the alert. The benefit is no reprogramming the system when you rotate tires and no batteries to go bad every couple years.
 
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What was it everything 2007 and newer had to have them because of EPA?
The change went in in 2007 or 2008. I think it's a National Highway Safety Administration thing. The same folks that handle safety recalls and mandated seatbelts. I know that here in MA if the car came with factory TPMS and you put regular valve stems in, the system won't be working and they will fail you on your annual safety inspection.

For the most part I like the TPMS idea but they can be a PITA at times too.
 
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The change went in in 2007 or 2008. I think it's a National Highway Safety Administration thing. The same folks that handle safety recalls and mandated seatbelts. I know that here in MA if the car came with factory TPMS and you put regular valve stems in, the system won't be working and they will fail you on your annual safety inspection.

For the most part I like the TPMS idea but they can be a PITA at times too.
Maybe it was. I was thinking EPA because low tire pressure reduces MPG. Not sure. Either way it was a mandate by the Government. I thought it was funny because every car company started listing it as a feature around the time when they were required.

We don't have vehicle inspections in MN. In my 09 TDI Jetta, I don't have tire pressure sensors in my winter rims. So then the idiot light comes on. I use my VCDS (programming tool) to disable the light so I don't have to look at it all winter. Then in the spring when I go back to my normal summer rims, I turn it back on. If I had a 2010, it would have the ABS monitoring system so it would work with either sets of tires. I have read that with the VCDS I can recode the computers in the 09 to enable the ABS monitor. I guess all the parts are there to make it work that way but it isn't enabled. There is more to it than checking a box so I haven't done it yet. I keep saying one of these days I will try and do this but never have yet.
 
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Not sure how different Chevy is from Ford but...

I have a second set of wheels I use for winter. I bought the tire pressure sensors with valve stems (special valve stems that attach to the sensors) on Ebay for a good price. I opted for the genuine Ford sensors and stems but I think there are now aftermarket available. I just took the sensors/stems with me to the tire shop and they installed them in my wheels when they mounted my tires.

Now with Ford you have to train the sensors to the computer so I bought a training tool (like a little remote control) on ebay also for ~$20. The process to train the new sensors is pretty simple which is in the owners manual. Now each time I switch from summer to winter wheels or back I have to train the sensors again which only takes 5 minutes.

It's either that or put up with the annoying TPMS idiot light on the dash constantly.
 

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Not sure how different Chevy is from Ford but...

I have a second set of wheels I use for winter. I bought the tire pressure sensors with valve stems (special valve stems that attach to the sensors) on Ebay for a good price. I opted for the genuine Ford sensors and stems but I think there are now aftermarket available. I just took the sensors/stems with me to the tire shop and they installed them in my wheels when they mounted my tires.

Now with Ford you have to train the sensors to the computer so I bought a training tool (like a little remote control) on ebay also for ~$20. The process to train the new sensors is pretty simple which is in the owners manual. Now each time I switch from summer to winter wheels or back I have to train the sensors again which only takes 5 minutes.

It's either that or put up with the annoying TPMS idiot light on the dash constantly.
It doesn't apply to the OP as his 06 won't have the system in the truck.

On our 2011 Yukon, we have to retrain the truck when we rotate the tires. It can be done with a special tool which is what the dealer and tire shops use. I kind of wonder if there is a universal one. If you don't have one and rotate your tires at home you can do it with a GM. It is in the owners manual but you have to do something like cycle the ignition, then start at the driver's front tire and work your way around the vehicle clockwise. You let out air from the tire. Manual says something like 5-10psi and eventually the horn honks. Then you go to the next tire and do the same. Keep doing this until you have reset all 4 tires. Best part is then you get to go back around to each tire and put air back in them. :banghead: Well at least they have a means for doing it without going to a shop.
 
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I am looking for a spare set of rims for my chevy-2006 Silverado 4x4. can I use the type of rims that have these tire sensors on my truck, evenlo I don't have any on my present truck rims. how does these things work, our Honda pilot has them, they let u know if ur air pressure is low-correct. can I buy the newer rims that are for sale and not use these hick-am-jeems! I have found some really nice rims out their for sale, but most have these sensors with them. are they mounted in the rims? if so then their is a extra hole in the rim-right. enlighten me with the right info on this. thanks big jim
They will work fine.
Suggest they be replaced with rubber valve stems. Especially if the TPMS stems are aluminum.
 
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They will work fine.
Suggest they be replaced with rubber valve stems. Especially if the TPMS stems are aluminum.
Yes they break pretty easy in the winter. Then you can tell the air is out of the tire.
 

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It doesn't apply to the OP as his 06 won't have the system in the truck.
OK - had to reread - my eyes were going faster than my brain this morning.....

Too bad you aren't looking for Ford wheels - I have 2 sets of aluminum wheels that I would like to eventually sell to buy myself a set of black wheels.
 

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If you don't have one and rotate your tires at home you can do it with a GM. It is in the owners manual but you have to do something like cycle the ignition, then start at the driver's front tire and work your way around the vehicle clockwise. You let out air from the tire. Manual says something like 5-10psi and eventually the horn honks. Then you go to the next tire and do the same. Keep doing this until you have reset all 4 tires. Best part is then you get to go back around to each tire and put air back in them. :banghead: Well at least they have a means for doing it without going to a shop.
This no longer works for later models, think around mid-year 2011 or 2012 and later requires a tool. I found out on my 2014 Silverado.
 

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thanks for some good info that I had no idea about till now. so I should be able to buy a set of take offs that I seen on craigs list, and take them to tire shop and have regular tire stems installed in the rims-right. boy these things must sell like hotcakes. the ones I looked at and saved last night are now gone today-just looked and them are gone that had decent tread left on the tires. I have a choice oh-either go towards Lancaster, pa. or out in uniontown, pa. I do have spare set of tires to run for now, just need a better set for the summer, cause the covering is peeling real bad, even thou truck only has 80,000 miles on it. ok-thanks again. big jim
 
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You're good to go Big Jim, get'em. I've been thinking about putting my sensors in and abs pipe with a stem on it and seal the pipe and put air in it and throw it in the trunk so the sensor lite won't go on. Hate them things. Need to do it to my truck now too. :banghead:
 
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This no longer works for later models, think around mid-year 2011 or 2012 and later requires a tool. I found out on my 2014 Silverado.
They also don't have a sensor in the spare tire. When I had a flat on my 2014 3500, the TPMS light stayed on until I got the tire fixed and reinstalled. It was looking for the missing sensor.
 

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This no longer works for later models, think around mid-year 2011 or 2012 and later requires a tool. I found out on my 2014 Silverado.
Correct. I bought "the tool" to reset mine when I rotate the tires, they are about $80. :mad:
 

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I guy that I work with claims he put his sensors in a small trailer tire that he put under the truck. This is on a late model Ram 2500 that he runs after market rims on during the summer. Runs oem rims in winter.

I have heard talk that the new trucks will need to monitor trailer tires. Not sure if this is true of not. May be ok for those that only have one trailer. But, I have 3 trailers of my own, plus a few of my dads I use.
 

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You're good to go Big Jim, get'em. I've been thinking about putting my sensors in and abs pipe with a stem on it and seal the pipe and put air in it and throw it in the trunk so the sensor lite won't go on. Hate them things. Need to do it to my truck now too. :banghead:
I've heard (hearsay on the interwebs) that doesn't always work. Seems the sensor is also looking for tire rotation.

I know when I changed my wheels/tires one fall one of my sensors wouldn't take when setting them - after driving it to work and back it woke the sensor up and worked.

If you don't change wheels/tires like I do there isn't any bother with the system. Even with changing mine out twice a year it only takes 5 minutes to train the sensors.
 

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This no longer works for later models, think around mid-year 2011 or 2012 and later requires a tool. I found out on my 2014 Silverado.
They change stuff all the time. We have a 2011 Yukon Denali and I have to do the run around the truck letting air out. I do know that in 2010 and older you could get a new fob and activate it in the information center. For my 2011 we wanted a 3rd set of keys with FOB as a spare. Had to go to the dealer because only can be activated with the scan tool.
 
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The change went in in 2007 or 2008. I think it's a National Highway Safety Administration thing. The same folks that handle safety recalls and mandated seatbelts.

I own an '08 with the sensors and all this time I thought the sensors were mandated to help prevent roll-overs for all those city slicker SUV & 4X4 pickup drivers with lift kits than don't know how to look for low tires before starting engine. I can testify that the sensors are $$$$$ when replaced at tire shop.
 

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It doesn't apply to the OP as his 06 won't have the system in the truck.

On our 2011 Yukon, we have to retrain the truck when we rotate the tires. It can be done with a special tool which is what the dealer and tire shops use. I kind of wonder if there is a universal one. If you don't have one and rotate your tires at home you can do it with a GM. It is in the owners manual but you have to do something like cycle the ignition, then start at the driver's front tire and work your way around the vehicle clockwise. You let out air from the tire. Manual says something like 5-10psi and eventually the horn honks. Then you go to the next tire and do the same. Keep doing this until you have reset all 4 tires. Best part is then you get to go back around to each tire and put air back in them. :banghead: Well at least they have a means for doing it without going to a shop.
This no longer works for later models, think around mid-year 2011 or 2012 and later requires a tool. I found out on my 2014 Silverado.
Correct. I bought "the tool" to reset mine when I rotate the tires, they are about $80. :mad:
You all three correct. Late 2011 model year GM stopped putting the programing into the vehicle that allows DIY (no tool) reset. Story I heard was shops were resetting the "no tool" method and nearby vehicle's TPMS were causing interference. They would think everything was reset, then once on the road the "service tire pressure" light would come on. This may have been two techs resetting vehicles at the same time :dunno:
 
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