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My Blizzaks are here from Tirerack.com. Does anyone know of a way to disable the TPMS sensors, or at least turn off the dash light? I was unwilling to pay the $300+ price tag of new sensors as I have been driving for over 30 years without them. I'm looking forward to separate rims with dedicated summer and winter tires.
 

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6 years later, anyone disabled yet?

I apologize up front if I've posted inaccurately; I'm not familiar with the mechanics of forums.

I've searched for what feels like hours, but has anyone successfully disabled the TPMS?
1) More than one tire shop has told me that the sensors are reading fine, it's a computer problem.
2) I'm not going to pay the dealership (100miles away) a single dime to fix it.
3) I don't want to put a sticker or tape over the light; I like a clean instrument panel.
4) I'm completely comfortable not having TPMS on my car.

Has anyone identified a wire I can snip, fuse I can pull, or an easy way to disable the bulb?
 

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I haven't found an easy way

I have not found a way to disable the TPMS, i've been leaning towards pulling the dash bulb, but from the SX4 repair manual, it sounds like too much work.

I have yet to find a schematic for this car that includes the TPMS system (so I can know which wire to snip).
 

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I also run winter tires on dedicated rims every season on my 2010. I just ignore the light. I was annoyed with the light at first but got used to it very quickly and I no longer even notice it. When I put my TPMS summer rims back on the light turns off in a few minutes, no need for recalibration or anything like that.

This is also my first car with tpms and at first I thought they were a pain in the ass and completely unnecessary. But they have actually save my butt at least twice. On two different occasions my TPMS light came on which caused me to inspect the tires. Both times I had a nail or screw in the tire. I was able to drive to a shop and have the tire repaired. Since the tpms warned me early on that the tire was losing pressure, i didnt not end up with a complete tire failure at high speed which could have been dangerous. I did not have to chance a flat alongside the road somewhere....you get the idea. So I have changed my view on the TPMS and I am glad I have them. On my car they work just as they are intended and I have never had an issue with the system.
 

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I put a piece of electrical tape over it. You can't notice it straight on. Pennsylvania doesn't make you fix it for state inspection, but some states do.
 

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Install new sensors vs. ignore

A guy at Sears auto told me that I needed 3 new TPMS sensors because they were "ready to break." I decided against replacing them, cause $200 was more than I wanted to spend. He warned that if they break I won't be able to put air in the tires. Is that right?! I couldn't believe that the valve stem would not allow air in just because the sensor was busted. Anyone had this problem before? Is my Sears guy trying to screw me, or should I replace these things ASAP? Thanks!
 

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The guy at Sears is a idiot. You can put air in or take it out even if the sensor doesn't work. All it does is transmit data to the computer. The only way they would affect air is if you unscrewed the nut, took the unit off, and put it back in without putting new rubber seals on. They sell kits with new rubber bushings. We have even had new tires put on the wheels without the sensors working. We live in the mountains and I bought 4 sx4 wheels 5 years ago to put Blizzak winter tires on. The junk yard wheels didn't have the sensors. I asked the guy at expert tire if I had to buy 4 sensors. He said no, I can put regular rubber tire valves in but your warning light will stay on when you run these winter wheels. In Pennsylvania where we live the warning light on doesn't even affect it passing state inspection. Some states they do have to work for inspection though, check where you live, Even if your sensor valve would start leaking, take it to a tire place, have them break the tire down, take the sensor assembly out and pop in a regular $3 rubber tire valve and your good to go. Sears is crazy.
 
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