Install New TPMS Sensor DIY Without Needing Rebalance

Install New TPMS Sensor DIY Without Needing Rebalance


Today I’m going to show you how to install TPMS sensors in your tires if your tires are already mounted on your rims. You can do it yourself without taking it to a shop and without having to rebalance your tires afterwards – at least that’s the goal. So you can use these instructions if you’re putting new TPMS sensors in, replacing old ones, or if you’re replacing regular old rubber valve stems like I am today. I’m putting – I’m going to be putting these ones in my winter tires and pulling out the rubber valve stems. You can use these instructions for whichever kind of TPMS sensors you’re using, but I am using these Autel MX Sensors which are programmable. This is a follow up video to my last one, which shows you how to program these. So if you’re interested in that, take a look at that video as well. So let’s get started. So here are some of the supplies that we’re going to need. First a wrench. I’m going to need 6mm and 11mm sockets. A small wrench is fine. We’re not dealing with much torque here. Of course your TPMS sensor. This is optional: it’s a little tool to get the valve stem out, just to assist in getting the air out. You don’t need it. Some pliers to get the the old valve stem out, if you have – if you’re replacing just a regular rubber valve stem. Also some scrap lumber: you need a longer piece and a shorter piece. I’ll show you how to use those. Some soap helps too – for getting everything back on. I should add that you’ll need an air compressor to put air back in your tire after you’re done. So here’s my winter tire. Now the basic premise of this is to break the seal just on the one side where the valve stem is. You don’t need to do both sides and you don’t want to do both sides. The reason being is if you take the entire tire off when you put it back on the tire’s going to be in a different position on the rim than it was before and you’re going to have to rebalance your tire. If you only break the seal on one side, you shouldn’t have to rebalance the tire. Now a note on balance: if you are replacing just a regular rubber valve stem with the TPMS sensor the TPMS sensor does weigh a little bit more. I measured the difference between the two: you’re looking at about 23 grams or 0.8oz. That’s not much. I don’t think it’s much – or enough to throw off the balance, but if you do notice some balance issues afterwards you can either take it to a shop to get it rebalanced, or you can put a weight exactly opposite. Just put a weight on yourself. You can buy 3/4oz weights or 21g, and just put it on yourself because you know that’s what threw off the weight. and hopefully it was only that. So let’s get started. First thing we’ll do is get the air out of the tire. Then we’re going to break the seal. So take the cap off now. You can use this tool to take the valve stem right out in the arrow come out a lot quicker. But if you don’t use anything just press the valve in to get the air out. So I’m going to take this right out. It’s probably going to go flying as soon as I get it loose. And once you hear that the air is out, we’ll break the seal. So I have this up against my car because I’m going to use the car as leverage So put one block here the other block under the car and you’re going to push down. Now it’s going to take quite a bit of force. I had to step on it and actually jump on it to get it to break. There we go. And then once you get one side done the rest is easy. So as you can see now I can push this open and I can get inside. So we’re going to pull that valve stem out. We’re actually going to have to probably cut it. I’ll show you how to do that. So I’ve seen some people say that you can pull these straight out. I haven’t had that experience so I’m going to use wire cutters to cut it. I’m going to pull on it and then the the narrowest part I’m going to cut them. Now I don’t want to cut all the way through quite yet because I don’t want the inside piece to fall inside. So I’m going to cut most of the way and then stick my hand inside and hold the inside piece as I rip the rest of it. And then the inside piece will come out. There I got that. So now it’s time to grab the TPMS sensor. You need to take the cap off and then this piece off as well and the washer. Take these over to the tire with you. Now you’ll see that this part here is really wiggly. You can actually put it sideways or you can put it that way. You kind of want to get it like that. And I suggest putting this bolt in a little bit. Not all the way. You don’t want to tighten it down. So that’s a 6mm bolt. So make sure this is straight, and let’s tighten this down a bit. Just a bit. We’ll tighten that the rest of the way while it’s in the tire. So inside the tire, you’re going to need to push it down. Use your feet to do that. And then you need to fit this inside the valve hole like that. And then grab the washer and the big nut and put those on the outside. So now we’re going to tighten this down. The kit comes with a little metal bar and this is when you need it. So there’s a hole in the sensor right here. And this is to help prevent it from rotating. So you don’t want the sensor for rotate. We talked about the right position between these two pieces and this is what helps you maintain that. You hold this piece – I’ve found a combination wrench works better here instead of the socket – and you tighten it down. Now as for tightness, it says in the instructions to do it to 4 Nm. I’ll have to look up what that is in foot pounds but that’s not much. So you really don’t need to, you know, turn until you can’t turn anymore. You just need it snug. Just straighten this out because it did turn a little bit. But we’ll get it straight again. Looks like that’s snug enough so now we need to tighten this bit down. So I’m going to use a 6mm socket for this. Get it in there. Now you want this piece to sit against the the rim. So push that down with one hand, and with the other hand, you’re going to tighten this up. Ok, that feels nice and snug. It’s all good. So we’re going to lube all of this up with soap right up to that ridge, to help the tire slip up, because it’s got to come up back up to here. So I’ll put some soap on that and then get the tire in place and then we’ll pump it up. You could use a little water if you want. I found it’s not necessary. So if you just step on the rim itself, it should get it into a good place. Pretty close. And then we can start adding some air. I find it’s better if you put some weight on the rim. Just stand on the rim while you fill it up. Helps keep the seal better. And then it’ll pop into place. [POP]
There you go. And then you just fill it up until it’s at the right pressure. That’s good enough. We’ll put the cap back on. And there we go. Now I just need to do that same thing with the rest of my tires and I’m ready to install them once we get closer to winter. One thing to note is that I noticed with these winter tires that it was much easier to do this because the winter tires are made of softer rubber. When I first did this a few months ago with one of my all-seasons, I remember it being significantly more difficult. So keep that in mind if you are going to be doing it with an all-season. Don’t expect it to be as easy to, kind of, squish the rubber and get under it. It might be a little harder. So thanks for watching. I appreciate it. If you have any questions, comments, feel free to comment. Please do. And subscribe if you want to see my other videos coming up.

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  1. Great video explaining removal and replacement. Does the new sensor need to be programmed to work with the car's computer? If so, a follow up video on that would be great.

  2. My winter tires on my 2011 Ody have TPMS sensosr. Unfortunately, one of the tire have leaky valve. Can I just replace it with a regular valve? I don't care about the sensor as I regularly check my tire pressures anyway. The TPMS light on my panel is always ON. How do I clear it? It's like that ever since I got the van 6 months ago. I checked my summer tires and they are all the same pressure at 33psi. No issues with the summer tires at all.

  3. How about a video of removing the tpms from the vehicle altogether. Drove for 35 years without having my car tell me my air pressure is low. Now have a car with tpms and keeps telling me it is low but all tires are fine. Must be the stupid sensor. What a nuisance and extra expense.

  4. I like this as it helps demonstrate the TPMS that was mandated on all 2008 and later vehicles . To avoid confusion in terms (as seen in the comments section); at 3:20 you are removing the valve core from the valve stem with the tool.

  5. If your TPMS Sensor Light is on and it bugs you that much! just put tape over the light LOL! But, if you want it to go away, I gusse you could do this. Its not like your going to fail a car inspection if that light is on. Plus I wouldn't recommend doing this if your Wheel Rim is aluminum, chances are that the rim might get bent. Take it to a mechanic and let them do it, chances are you will only have to pay like 10 -15 bucks per tire. lol

  6. The wheels need to be balanced afterwards. If not, there might vibrate from the difference in weight between the sensor and the initial valve.

  7. You can't do this at home people. You have to have the TPMS tool in order to program the sensor. That tool isn't cheap and it has a card that updates it each year.

  8. Dude, you learned how to do this and want to show evryone. You have to have the sensore scanner tool to program the sensor. Sometimes it's not programmable after you've installed the sensor. I did tires (professionally) for 2 years. Programming the sensor: the tool/scanner puts out a VERY weak radio signal to "energize" the sensor. The signal is weak so the signal doesn't shoot to any other sensors closeby. The tire WILL block the weak signal and you may have to take the sensor OUT to program it. Another thing: The sensors have a torque, pounds per square inch.

  9. Its always good know something 🙂 if works for you. My sons friend had a light on her car for 1.5 years. She took it into Big O 5 times and to a Toyota dealership. They were never able to fix it. I read all the service notes and LOL my ass off All forgot to check the spare tire being low. After putting in required PSI problem went away . I had a big LOL with them .

  10. Nice shoes. I had the same pair I lost in a house fire. Man I’m guessing the rest of my life I’ll run across stuff that will remind what the fire took.

    Good video btw.

  11. Question:
    Bought a tpms rim. Don't have tpms on car. Can I take off tpms sensor swap in old school rubber valve stem?

  12. Wow, GENIUS-level hack. You make this look so easy. I think that I can do it. I will change my Nissan Armada 2007 ones. Thanks.

  13. I was going to ask about programming the sensor, but then I saw your other video. So….my local Walmart Auto is charging $30.00 to replace sensor, plus another $10.00 to simply do the code thing that you showed on other video. Also, I called 2 Walmarts for pricing. One says the tire must be balanced @ $12.00 additional. The other one said the tire does not need balancing. I'm wondering if both stores install the same way and one store is just adding an extra $12.00?
    The local tire store that I ''did'' use for years wants $70.00 to replace sensor. They charged $55.00 just over a year ago.

  14. Thanks Sir

    Like video the best

    It will be automatically connect with meter air pressure light?

    Or we have to do some setting aswell in side ?

  15. Great video man thanks so much my local tire shop on to charge me $240 for one TPMS and that includes labor and the part but I'm like hell no LOL because what if the other four go out I have low profile tires so I'm a little nervous about doing this and getting the beat back on but I've seen some gnarly Fire and Air Compressor stretches so I feel confident that I could do some ghetto stuff and get it done. Nevertheless I appreciate the video it's extremely informative 👍🏾

  16. Great video … Terrible idea to be on top of the tire while the bead is setting. Lucky there no accident..
    I do commercial tires seen a coworker loose his life like that in a terrible accident..

  17. I have a 2014 Civic SI that doesn't have a TPMS system as I live in Canada where it's not required. Does anybody know what the best and not too expensive system I can put in my car because I'll be moving to the states within the year and it has to have it TPMS system in order to be compliant. Are you able to put just the sensors on your wheels or do you need a complete system because for some reason my car also doesn't have any air pressure icon what time surprised about. I don't know if I have to have a built-in system or if I can just literally buy an aftermarket one that can be installed and does anyone know about importing a vehicle into the United States and has ever came across the TPMS if you and got it resolved and was able to move your car across? Really appreciate anyone's help 🙂

  18. Great video if I have to do this, lol I hope my factory wheels I just purchased has the sensors already in them, otherwise I’ll come back tot his video to learn how to do it lol

  19. If I just have one sensor that has gone out can I replace just that one or do I need to replace all four of them so they can be the same? Also which sensor should be ordered?

  20. Dish soap is caustic. Use car wash with wax soap.
    After breaking the bead, it is a good time to clean the rim's bead area before installing the sensor.

  21. Great Video, Just had deal replace one stem that snapped on me and cost $200. SO would have been a tremendouse savings had I come across doing this myself before I had them do it.

  22. Great vid, Thanx! Still have a question. Did you programm the sensor before putting them in or afterwards? Or does you car automatically recognise them?

  23. At  10:27, aren't ya supposed to hit the side wall to be sure it is completely seated? You could have a blow out (not a hole / loss of seal) while driving. I did.

  24. I check my tires with a gauge. Will not own a car equipped with TPMS. It's a stupid fucking idea made for stupid fucking people.

  25. Gabe, educational video. Thanks.. Can I eliminate the sensor altogether? Either use a rubber valve stem or tube.

  26. Money saver, I’m doing this next time. I do all my engine work , tranny and the only thing I couldn’t do is tpms sensor.
    I ain’t paying $400 bucks for an easy fix… nope

  27. I have found that the sensors don't usually go bad, the battery inside goes dead. Factory units seem to last for 7 or 8 years. It's a good idea to have these until they start to fail, then they change into a pain in the ass. Dyna beads will perfectly re-balance the tires when you are done.

  28. But keep in mind one thing. Your wheel was balanced without TPMS sensor, that is slightly heavier than the regular valve. So now your wheel is actually unbalanced…

  29. I dont know if youre stil active; but I eant to thank you for posting this video. I just finished replasing one of my sensors following your video. It worked. Thank you.

  30. Went to a tire shop that is supposed to replace tmps and the works with a purchase. But the tmps have not went off, got a tire replaced under warranty and it's still on!😂 it's so annoying seeing as I just paid $500 for new tired with sensors etc. Lol not sure what it could be but hopefully this helps if I have to diy.

  31. yeah, you are doing better those stupid looking like pro-tech but do not show exactly what need to do, step by step. Good job amigo. so you just used only one one rubber 'o' ring from inside. I was so stupid used two of them, one inside, one out side then the washer and final the lock nut. it is leaking slowly due to two 'o' rings. I had to removed one so it straight and sealed.

  32. Do you need to dismount tires from wheels to add TPMS sensors? If I get new tires & wheels, but want to use my old TPMS sensors, should I order my tires mounted or dismounted?

  33. Do you know if I can put tires/wheels from a newer car with TPMS sensors on an older car that did not have them? Would that cause any issues?

  34. yeah , try to do that with a 17 inch wheel !!! 😉 and adding sensor weight on the wheel , you think you won't have to balance the wheel? none sence!

  35. Speaking from first hand knowledge you should never stand on a tire when putting air in it. Google tire explodes when sealing. A good buddy of mine had his leg blown off doing exactly what you just did.

  36. FYI, Advance Auto sells a gallon jug of tire mounting lubricant for around $10. It is specifically designed for tire mounting, but you can’t use it to wash dishes. It evaporates quickly and will not make your steel rim rust or react with the rubber and cause premature deterioration of the rubber as the full strength dish soap could possibly do. Just sayin

  37. You should never use soap to reseal a tire. It can cause the rim to slip under high torque giving you the feeling that your transmission is slipping. There are specific compounds used to reseal tires. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it.

  38. These pos and unnecessary 'features' fail and turn a light on the dash, then we need to spend hundreds of dollars replacing them to get the car inspected. Seems like a major scam to me to get people back into the dealership wasting their hard earned money.

  39. Don’t forget to first clean the valve stem hole surfaces in both the outer and inner part of the wheel before installing the TPMS unit.

  40. Two of the four sensors I bought came without the little washer. I installed the sensors without them and it seems to fit snugly. Should I add the washers?

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