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Old 10-12-2022, 05:45 PM #1
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Tire sensor light on

2012 T4R Trail

My tire sensor light and apparently according to discount tires i have 3 sensors that are out. My tires are all good just that dang light. I dont wana spend $65 per tire to replace the sensors. Will be trading it in soon. And I dont mind the light.

MY question is will my 4runner pass an inspection with that light on.

My inspection is due. Maybe I can pull a fuse or something but wondering if that will do something to the computer that is connected when they do an inspection.

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TPMS light will not result in failed safety inspection in Texas.


Texas Department of Public Safety - Inspection Criteria for the Annual SAFETY Inspection
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You will not fail inspection because of TPMS Light.

Also, I am not 100% sure, but if your light is actually on and not blinking, I believe it means that tire (s) pressure is actually low; TPMS light will blink if one or all of TPMS sensors are malfunctioning (broken\low battery\ not communicating with TPMS module).
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I have a TPMS light on too; and have had it for a while now. Since I have a 2013 SR5 and TPMS battery life is around 7-8 years, I figure I have a bad battery - or more. There is no way in the SR5 to determine which tire it is. Poor design by Toyota. I just check with a tire gauge and call it good.
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I don't know if the 4th and 5th gens share some electronics but this is worth diving into: Write-up: How to Disable (Bypass) the TPMS

I did this on my 2007 because I too wasn't going to pay $65/wheel/x5 to replace the sensors.

It's a bypass that is reversible.

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After a search I found this: 5th gen TPMS disable
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It's getting so I don't notice the light now! I might get the sensors replaced when I get new tires, but that will be a while. Toyota's logic escapes me here. In the early 5th gens they don't make sensor values display and unless you have a Limited there is no sensor in the spare. The spare is the one value I'd want; since it's stored with the valve stem up.

Perhaps the guy that designed the infotainment system designed the TPMS system as well!
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It's getting so I don't notice the light now! I might get the sensors replaced when I get new tires, but that will be a while. Toyota's logic escapes me here. In the early 5th gens they don't make sensor values display and unless you have a Limited there is no sensor in the spare. The spare is the one value I'd want; since it's stored with the valve stem up.

Perhaps the guy that designed the infotainment system designed the TPMS system as well!
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Thanks for the info. I did get my 4runner inspected no problem.
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Tire pressure all ok. I will just manage the old school way with a tire gauge.
Dont wana give discount tires 65$ per tire.
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Tire pressure all ok. I will just manage the old school way with a tire gauge.
Dont wana give discount tires 65$ per tire.
$65 a tire seems like a lot. I got OEM sensors at $50 a piece Canadian, bought and programmed at toyota.
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You will not fail inspection because of TPMS Light.

Also, I am not 100% sure, but if your light is actually on and not blinking, I believe it means that tire (s) pressure is actually low; TPMS light will blink if one or all of TPMS sensors are malfunctioning (broken\low battery\ not communicating with TPMS module).
Mine blinks then turns solid every time I drive; I am not driving the original wheels/tires and haven't had it reset, so it will do the same if it's missing a reading.
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