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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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I have new wheels, but need TPMS

So, I was lucky to find a near-perfect set of OEM chrome wheels.



However, these wheels only have a value stem. There is no TPMS device on any of the wheels.

Ok, so I buy some...

but wait - prices are all over the place for these things.
My local tire installer wants $89 each.

Other web stores want $28 - $45 each.
Then there are refurbished TPMS as low as $18 each on ebay.

So, do I buy new, or is refurbished ok for this part ?

I believe that I should not use the TPMS from the wheels that are currently on the car simply because they are more than 10 years old...


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I went with new ones on the new rims i had put on, as my local G.M. Dealership did the rim swap out . All four are working just fine. Just my opinion.Hope all works out for you.
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How old are the tires that are on the old wheels, and are you putting them on the new ones?

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Nice set of rims.

I would buy new.
There is a battery in these that will go dead eventually.
I too had my local GM leader install all four rims with new when one failed knowing it would not be long before the others started to fail.
I believe the 'refurbished ones' may simply have the battery replaced, which I understand is no easy undertaking as these are sealed.

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I would buy the refurbished IF there is a way to test them before installing

BUT, unless the absence of TPMS raises havoc with some of the cars electronics, "I" would skip the expense and rely on the old fashioned way of checking the tire pressure occasionally; many of my vehicles don't have tpms

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The refurbished ones typically only have the rubber seals replaced. The batteries cannot be replaced, so I personally would make those a hard pass.

When I replace mine I go with the cheapest one that I can confirm uses the correct frequency (315 IIRC.) Some cheap generic ones need programmed to a certain frequency before install with a very expensive tool. You want to pay slightly more to avoid those as the tool will cost waaaaay more then just buying the correctly pre-programmed ones (typically ~$40-$50.)

And of course, make sure you get the correct length, stem size, etc. Best bet (as with all parts) is to find some on RockAuto, but copy and paste part numbers into Amazon or other places to check for lower prices/free shipping.
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..."I" would skip the expense and rely on the old fashioned way of checking the tire pressure occasionally; ...
I do not want to live with the tire-pressure-low light my whole life...

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How old are the tires that are on the old wheels, and are you putting them on the new ones?
the new-to-me wheels will be receiving brand new tires... The old tires are 3 years old, have 55k miles on them, and a couple of plugs...

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the new-to-me wheels will be receiving brand new tires... The old tires are 3 years old, have 55k miles on them, and a couple of plugs...
Buy new sensors. I found the best overall deal at my local store by getting a package of tires, sensors, mounting, etc. One stop, no worries, and only one responsible party to make sure everything was right.
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Buy new sensors. I found the best overall deal at my local store by getting a package of tires, sensors, mounting, etc. One stop, no worries, and only one responsible party to make sure everything was right.
yeah but... I really have a problem paying $89 each for something that I can get for $30-$40 each, which is the cause of me creating this thread...

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Do you have the computer to sync the new TPMS sensors? If not, go have them installed and spend the $89. I had to have 1 replaced...thought my TPMS computer would sync them because Discount Tire forgot to sync it....nope. Too old. New sensors don't work with the old sync computer.

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I had one replaced on my Grand Prix during an oil change with tire rotation where I get my service done and I know I didn't pay any where near $89. Shop around. The shop was where I bought the tires.

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yeah but... I really have a problem paying $89 each for something that I can get for $30-$40 each, which is the cause of me creating this thread...
I understand, but buying everything and getting it done at the same place was infinitely easier, and I didn't have to worry about finger-pointing if something went wrong. The total cost after all the options were worked out was not very much more than buying the cheaper stuff but paying more for the work.

Most of the shops here will deal if you get everything from them.

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Unless you have a tire mounting and balancing machine at your disposal you're going to have to go to a shop and pay them for that anyway.

That's probably what most of the $89 is for since the shop probably buys the sensors in bulk for way less then $50 each.

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I paid $52 for each one at the Dealership oem # 20925924 when i had them install the TSW Silverstone rims but left the old sensors on my stock rims . I also had to pay another $35 extra for all four nuts to hold the sensors that did not come with the sensors oem # 15234846. The total cost after mountaing out the door was $361.
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