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A set of new (to the car) tires, but TPMS can't detect them

HI. I bought a set of original Tesla Model S tires for my 2013 Model S. The seller had upgraded wheels and tires, and he had taken out the set and placed them aside for some time.

I put these tires on, and despite all the instructions that say that TPMS will figure things out by itself, or you reset the system and it will eventually do so, it has not. The car still shows a waring message about TPMS, with a note that the issue may resolve itself on the next drive.

- Is there anything I can do to help the car figure things out?
- Could the TPMS sensors in the wheels be dormant or out of battery power?
- Am I possibly missing TPMS sensors or how do I check that I have them?

Any other advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you!!
 

Ostrichsak

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You're right about the system will figure out out... partially. The cars that were made 2012 to sometime in 2014 had the gen 1 TPMS system and at some point Tesla cut-over to using the gen 2 system. The tire pressure monitor sensors are not compatible between the two generations. So if your car is a 2013 it likely has the gen 1 TPMS and TPMS module. If that's the case, the least expensive option is to get the gen 1 sensors unless you still have your old wheels/tires because a tire shop could just migrate those over for you most likely.
 
I do have my old tires, and was wondering what to do with them and the rims. How much should I expect to pay to get the tire sensors swapped out of them?

I understand that those sensors may have batteries that are getting rather old. Can they be replaced with new batteries or shall I get new sensors instead?
 

Ostrichsak

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Sep 6, 2018
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4,409
Colorado, USA
I do have my old tires, and was wondering what to do with them and the rims. How much should I expect to pay to get the tire sensors swapped out of them?

I understand that those sensors may have batteries that are getting rather old. Can they be replaced with new batteries or shall I get new sensors instead?
Whomever you had install them should be able to do it for you. Kind of depends on the tire shop and your relationship with them as to what/if they charge you. They're sealed so there is no replacing batteries. When they're done, they're done.
 

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