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So I'm having an issue with the TPMS indicator always being on. Various bits of research have led me to believe that the spare (which on my vehicle has a silver rim) did not come from the factory with a TPMS sensor installed (on the four black rims have a sensor). The spare is currently mounted, and one of the original rims is in the spare position. TPMS sensors have never been replaced. Vehicle is a 2013 Transit Connect (original US body style), has ~47K miles and is slightly more than 6 years on the road. obviously it is time to replace the sensors. for the first five years they behaved well, with no sensor misfires. Now to my questions … 1. Can I buy 5 sensors and put one into the spare rim, or do I have to scout around salvage yards to find another black rim ? 2. will the TPMS system have issues if it sees five sensors reporting ? 3. (or) am I being forced to only have the black rims on the road, and the silver rim in the spare position ?
I have a 2010 Transit Connect with 24,000 miles that has been remarkably trouble-free. However, recently the TPMS alarm has been on continuously. After checking air pressure in the tires numerous times and finding the pressure at or above the recommended pressures listed on the door pillar and after twice successfully resetting the TPMS system in accordance with the procedure in the Owner's Guide, the TPMS alarm is still on. I now believe there is a failure somewhere in the system. Perhaps the most likely source of the problem is a decayed battery in one or more of the tire sensors. I read on one website that the batteries typically last about 3-5 years. I have looked on the Ford website for parts and find new sensors (part 1A189) available for $90.02 each, presumably a total of $270 plus labor for replacement. That would go a long ways toward buying a new set of tires. I suppose I could do nothing and accept the continuous TPMS alarm. Do I have any other alternatives beside going to Ford and having all 4 TPMS sensors replaced? Could the problem be something other than the sensors? Bob in NC