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Need some TPMS education for winter tires

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Need some TPMS education for winter tires

I am looking to buy new tires/wheels for winters.

This is my first car with TPMS, so I am a bit clueless. As I understand TPMS is a unit that is installed and has to be calibrated, correct?

Can it only be done by a professional or can anyone do it? If I buy wheel+tire+tpms installed online, can I just swap out the tires and it'll work?

Yes, I tried google and didn't get the exact answer I was looking for.
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depending on which vehicle you are to put this tpms on. For Euro brand vehicles, as long the tire shop put in the right frequency tpms into the wheel, then there is no reprogramming required. As for other makes, there could be some reprogramming needed for each seasonal swap.
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canoek wrote: I am looking to buy new tires/wheels for winters.

This is my first car with TPMS, so I am a bit clueless. As I understand TPMS is a unit that is installed and has to be calibrated, correct?

Can it only be done by a professional or can anyone do it? If I buy wheel+tire+tpms installed online, can I just swap out the tires and it'll work?

Yes, I tried google and didn't get the exact answer I was looking for.
It depends what kind of TPMS your car has. There are 2 kinds - one has sensors in the wheels to monitor tire pressure the other uses the car’s ABS. The latter does not utilize sensors in the wheels - if this is what you have, you won’t need to buy and install sensors for your winter wheels. You just press a reset button after you install your winter tires.
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The abs version is really called ftm (flat tire monitor). It does not give out psi and temperature reading
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You have the option of running winter wheels without TPMS in many cars. Some cars allow you to de-activate the TPMS feature. Others just flash a warning, but then carry on just fine.

If you state teh specific vehicle, we can give more info.
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mr_raider wrote: You have the option of running winter wheels without TPMS in many cars. Some cars allow you to de-activate the TPMS feature. Others just flash a warning, but then carry on just fine.

If you state teh specific vehicle, we can give more info.
Oh sorry, Alfa Stelvio.

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