The short answer is yes, you can use your old TPMS on your new wheels and tires, however below we discuss some points to consider before making that decision.
Consider the shelf life of your TPMS
Your TPMS are powered by lithium-ion batteries which have a typical lifespan of five to ten years with five to six years being more of a realistic average. Aside from the battery, another thing to consider is corrosion. At the base of most TPMS is a nut that holds the metal valve stem. Exposure to moisture and road salt will promote corrosion on these components which will lead to premature failure.
Cost to transfer TPMS sensors
In order to use your existing TPMS you have to consider the expenses involved. The tire tech would have to dismount your existing tires in order to remove your TPMS. The average shop charges anywhere from $12 to $24 per tire depending on the wheel diameter. If you’re taking the shop a new set of mounted wheels and tires to install your old TPMS on they would have to also dismount the tires of the new set and later remount and balance. In total, you’ll likely spend anywhere from $80 to $160 depending on your area.
TPMS compatible wheels
For the most part, all wheels are TPMS compatible however it’s not to mention that some wheels are not. Make sure the wheels you’re looking to purchase are TPMS compatible and if you’re purchasing them used we’d even recommend the transaction take place at the tire shop to make sure they are indeed compatible before the transaction is made. As a side note, all the wheels sold on WheelsASAP are TPMS compatible.
Can you drive without TPMS?
This is certainly possible but not recommended. Firstly, your vehicle manufacturer already invested a good amount of money in incorporating that technology into your vehicle why not make it functional. Secondly, you’ll never know when you have a tire running low unless you check your pressure regularly or use the traditional approach of waiting to it’s visibly flat lol. Lastly, the annoying light on the dash, you’ll be stuck with that annoying light on the dashboard for the duration of time you’re riding without TPMS.
If you’re purchasing new Wheels And Tire Consider this:
If your vehicle is a lease and you’re considering new wheels and tires than we recommend you get new TPMS. The reason for this is you’ll have to turn in your lease later with tires in good conditional and functioning TPMS. With that said it’s a good idea to purchase your wheels in tires as soon as you obtain your lease and store the factory wheels and tires in preparation for when it’s time to turn the lease in. This method will spare you the expense of dismounting and mounting (mentioned above).
If your vehicle is newer and you’re planning on reselling your stock wheels and tires you’ll get more money for them if they have the factory TPMS. If you’re purchasing wheels and tires for summer use and using your stocks for winter use (or vice-versa) spare yourself the expense of getting your TPMS swapped out every year when seasons change.
If shopping for wheels and tires at WheelsASAP we offer TPMS as an option at the check out page. We hope this article helped you in making an educated decision.