I’m going to be using a couple products from a company called Autel. This is their MX sensor which is a programmable TPMS sensor. They have two different kinds:
one is 315MHz, the other one is 433MHz. It depends on which vehicle you have will dictate which one you need to get. The other thing I’m going to be using is this MaxiTPMS PAD. It can read the code from existing sensors and then program these programmable sensors. If you’re not familiar with TPMS sensors, they each have a unique code and your vehicle will only read the tire pressure from the sensors with those codes that it’s told to, so that it’s not reading, you know, tire pressure from the car next to you at a red light or something like that. So some vehicles will relearn the codes for new sensors.
So if you put a new one in, and it sees that sensor and that sensor is sticking around even while the vehicle’s moving around, it can clue in that, oh, this must be my new sensor. Other vehicles don’t. And mine is one of those. I have a 2009 Honda Odyssey EXL. It can only remember 4 sensors at a time. So if I put a new one in it won’t be able to recognize it. I’d have to go to the dealership, get them to plug into the computer and teach it the code for the new sensor that I put in. Now if I wanted to have sensors in my winter tires, I would have to do that every single time I switched my tires. And I’m not going to do that. So that’s one reason I got these. Now there was two reasons actually I bought these: one was one of my sensors in my all-seasons – this is the OEM one – the stem had snapped off this. The previous owner had put a metal cap on it, and this is a metal stem and the two metals had fused together. So the first time after buying it that I went to check the tire pressure, I snapped it right off. The other reason is i’m going to put them in my winter tires. The sensors, they are about $27 US. The reader and programmer, it was about $55 US. Both come from China so there’s a little bit of a wait to get them. But if you’ve ever gone to a tire shop, especially the dealership, to get a new sensor installed. It’s well worth the cost to do it yourself – to buy these. I mean, you’re usually looking at $75 to get it done in a shop, just for one sensor. And I got the programmer and then can buy new sensors and do do it all myself. So I’ll show you how to do it. I’ll open this up, show you what’s in the package. There’s the the PAD to read and program. Inside the box – you open this up – is a USB cable and the installation disk. I won’t go through the setup and how to install it, you can figure that out it’s pretty straightforward. So I’m going to plug this in and I’ll show you how to read the code off an existing one, and program a new one. So this is what the application looks like when you first open it. You have to pick your, you know, where you are. US for North America, Europe for Europe. I’m in Canada, so US market. You pick your manufacturer. There’s a huge list here. I have a Honda and Odyssey and I have a 2009. And here we are here. So this one will just read the sensors. Now I should add there is actually two ways you can get the code from an existing sensor. One: if you actually have the sensor out and in your hand, you can read the code from it. They’re printed right on them. And you can just type that code in to program the new one. But you can also read it, so if you set it right on there, hit “TEST”, and there’s the sensor ID. Now if you want to copy one, you click “Copy sensor” at the top, click “TEST”, it does the same thing: it reads it, and then you can put the new sensor on. So open this up. It comes in a little bag. You don’t even need to take it out of the bag. Just put it on there, and hit “Program”. And there it goes. All done. So that one’s ready to go. Now if you are going to be punching in your code you can go over here to “Create sensor” and type in the code here that you read off of your old one. Now there is another way to do it. For my winter tires I don’t have the sensors out of my all-seasons but I want to be able to copy them. This will actually work at reading the sensor while it’s still installed in the tire. So I’m going to show you that. So here I am outside. I brought everything outside. Bring a laptop and the PAD. We’re going to look for the stem and then put the PAD right over the stem. and then you hit that “TEST” button. And there you go. There’s the code. So it’ll be helpful to go around to all four wheels and do that same thing and write down the code this time. And then you can go back inside and program all four sensors. So now that we’re back inside you can program them all. You can see I have all four here. Now you have to get them into your tire. If you’re just getting new winter tires and they’re not even installed on the rims yet, then whatever shop you’re taking them to put them on, just give them these. It shouldn’t cost you any more for them to put these in, because they usually replace the valve anyway. So whether they put these in or their own shouldn’t make a difference. Now if you already have them installed you can do it yourself. I’m going to be doing it myself. So I’ll make another video coming up on how to do that. So stay tuned. Subscribe if you want to see that. I really appreciate the subscriptions and I appreciate you guys watching too. So thank you very much. I’m going to have links to everything – all the products that you see here – in the description to this video, so you can purchase them for yourself if you’d like. And a little more information that’ll help. Thanks a lot guys.