How To Avoid TPMS Damage When Changing Tires

This video shows you how to change tires without damaging TPMS sensors. The information in this video came at a price as I’ve broken a few TPMS sensors while changing tires in the past. I hope this information helps you avoid the same fate so that you can save yourself the time, hassle, and expense of breaking one of these sensors while changing a tire.

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43 thoughts on “How To Avoid TPMS Damage When Changing Tires

  1. been a lube tech for a couple months and i broke my first sensor the other day. now using the tire machine makes me super anxious. thanks for the advice!

  2. Thanks Eric. I have destroyed 2 sensors in the past month at about 45 bucks each. Prior to that I never had a problem I must have been lucky. I just hit the subscribe button thanks again.

  3. What details does a person using hand tools need to know? Should the first tire iron go into the tire just to the right of the valve stem like you did here, or should it go right on top of the valve stem? It looks to me like you start inserting the tire just under a quarter turn from the valve stem and then work away from the valve stem with a second tire iron to approximate what you did here manually with tire irons. Is that right?

  4. Watching this video brought back great memories of my time as a tire tech…

    I learned a while ago a trick to undo the sensor from the hole and let it drop down when breaking the bead and unseating the rim. I know it’s not the “proper” way of doing things but I never broke a sensor. Ever.

    Of course then again, I never relied on that method all the time. Kind of a stickler to being “by the books” but working at a quick lube and tire shop, time was money so that shortcut was necessary but absolutely wrong.

  5. I just took my truck to Walmart and had new tires installed, now 3 out of 4 valve stems are leaking around the base of the valve stem. The TPMS system I have is ITM Uni-sensor, I took my truck back and they don't carry the type of valve stems to replace these. I have contacted the store manager and she is going to talk with the Tire and Lube manager and get back with me. I told the manager that I believe the store should replace my damaged TPMS system with a new one at no cost to me.

  6. A dealership installed new tires and when I picked up my car I asked them why the TPMS sensor was flashing. They told me oh no it’s fine all the tires have the right pressure it’s just cold out so that’s probably why. Now I know the sensor is not working but they will only replace it if it’s busted not died from natural causes they say. Problem is I don’t have 6 hours to drive to and from that same dealership for them to maybe replace it. How could I know if it is damaged or just died?

  7. Just been to Mr. Tire for tire replacement. The stupid mechanic broke the TPMS came to me and said I had to replace it with new one! Very bad day for me….

  8. I work at Honda and I was dismounting a tire from a 2012 civic that haves tmps sensor and I broke the sensor lol that didnt feel good cuz a technician from the main shop had to program the tpms sensor

  9. Maybe someone can further explain this. I cannot find any info on this. A guy at a tire shop told me that I could not run on Sumitomo Encounter tires because it was to old and wouldn't work with the tpms. This was when sumitomo encounter was under a year from launch. Is this guy full of bs? Or tpms only works with specific tires. It sounds bs to me.

  10. Its one of those things that breaks if u forget about it if you don't keep in mind. Just broke one today unfortunately on a grand caravan, while dismounting the lower part of the tire bead.. It was quite embarrassing.

  11. hey eric. I work at a tire shop and just so you know best place to break the bead is with the valve stem straight up and down since most ford's and some other vehicles have band sensors located directly on the other side of the valve stem where you placed it

  12. Cool to see a Tremec TKO trans in the background at 2:00. What project is that for? I was one of the first to stick one of those mustang TKOs in a third gen Camaro. That was a "fun" project to get a Ford trans into a Chevy, but they're tough and they last, and the trans was < $1k brand new at the time!

  13. if you're working on Ford's be careful. some use banded sensors so the sensor will actually be 180 degrees from the stem.

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