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Disabling TPMS in EU TMS?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by leifarneb, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. leifarneb

    leifarneb New Member

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    Greetings and salutations the North Pole! (close enough... Norway)
    I´m due to receive my TMS (together with a load of other norwegians) in sept/oct here in Norway, and I am curious to understand whether one can disable the tire pressure monitoring sensor/system in the Tesla Model S?
    I´ve heard some rumours that its not possible due to US legislation/regulation, but i cannot see how this can be when all other brands sold in the US have the possibility to disable TPMS (for example Porsche).
    The reason why I´m asking is that I need to order separate studded winter tires, and I do not particulary fancy the 19" rims from Tesla nor the tires or price that they come at. OEM sensors etc makes the whole ordeal a lot more expensive than it needs to be so I thought i would just disable TPMS when using the winter tire set.
    In my BMW 2011 5-series disabling TPMS was a straight forward operation involving to buttons on the iDrive.... and the TPMS would switch off.
    Can anybody with Model S shed some light on this issue?
    Best wishes,
    Leif Arne B.
    Norway
     
  2. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    The answer is currently "no", TPMS cannot be switched off. For the first month of my car's life, it had the warning up constantly due to bad tire sensors. I didn't like it but I ignored them..
     
  3. William13

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    I have had the tire pressure warning on twice for multiple months. No problem ignoring the warning.
     
  4. mnx

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    I didn't put TPMS in my winter tires. As William said it's rather easy to ignore the warning.
     
  5. Bigbit

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    Maybe Calling Tesla about it and ask them to disable them would be an option? I heard they are quite helpful in situations like this
     
  6. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    In the US, TPMS is a requirement and it may have never been designed to allow ignoring its warnings. In the EU, it's a requirement from next year onwards. I would imagine Tesla would configure the ability to reprogram the TPMS for different sensors before they'd allow it to be switched off.
     

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