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Toyota Tacoma Tire Pressure Sensors

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  • joe283joe283 Posts: 1
    is it possible to just disconnect a wire somewhere to turn the light out on the tire pressure sensor. I really dont like this feature and can live without it. it is a stupid idea and I just want to know can I do something to get rid of the feature all togather.
  • My husband and I have a 2010 Tacoma double cab. The tire pressure light was on when we test drove it. They put air in the tires when we bought it and it went off. Then, about a week later it came on again. My husband took it to the dealership, and they checked the spare and all the tires and inflated them more than PSI of 29 which is what the inside of the car door says to inflate them. They talked my husband into believing that it was okay to inflate them over the 29 PSI and said they do it all the time. He got angry later when he was thinking about it, because the recommended PSI is 29 on the door. He brought it back and they gave him a loaner car to drive the next day to check out the sensors. Again, they said they needed to inflate the tires to 35 PSI and that they called an expert on tires and thats what he said to do. So now the tires are inflated to 35 and the light doesnt come on.....but we are still wondering if this will wear out the tires sooner than normal and what the reasoning is that we can't inflate them to 29 like it says we are supposed to. Any ideas? Any anyone else told this story also?

    thanks
  • nussbaumnussbaum Posts: 3
    I keep tire pressure at about 35 psi on my '08 4x4 Tacoma. Take a look at your tires and they'll have a maximum recommended pressure and a maximum recommended psi on the tire. I still have the original factory tires on my Tacoma and the low tire pressure light can come on annoyingly often when I run the tires at 30 psi. Different tire pressures provide different performance. If you like a soft ride and don't haul heavy loads (and assuming you don't have the tire pressure lights, which I HATE) I'd run my tires at about 25 psi. If hauling heavy loads like firewood, I pump the tires up to about 40 psi. The tires just perform better that way. I had a Ford F150 that I'd pump up to 44 psi for heavy loads but would run 32 psi for everyday driving. And if I wanted lots of traction in snow I'd drop to 25 psi.

    Changing tire pressures up or down is commonly done on many types of vehicles. You'll hear people say "low pressure wears out tires, or high pressure wears out tires faster, but it's more complicated than that. If you haul a heavy load on lower than average pressures, you really wear your tires. If you run around all the time with 40 psi tires you'll have a bouncier ride and will wear your tires too.

    Now to answer your question. You won't be able to tell any significant performance difference between 29 psi and 35 psi on your factory tires. You won't see any real difference in wear, either. Rotate your tires as recommended and you'll be fine. Pressurizing to 35 psi is a realistic and honest way for the dealer to deal with the tire pressure system hypersensitivity problem.

    Other than the tire pressure system, I love my Tacoma. I use it on my farm and tow, haul, etc. It's a solid truck. Good luck with yours.
  • henry1975henry1975 Posts: 2
    you need to check the spare tire to that is the problen and went you lower the tire you will ask your self the same thing I ask to my self how is this relaitor but I fill to 32 and after tha the check ligth went off soo traid that and good lack
  • Hi- I'm new to this forum and have seen a lot of discussion about the low tire pressure sensor. Can anyone tell me just where the sensor is in the spare tire? My husband thinks Toyota is telling a fib because, looking at the tire, he can't imagine where it could be.
  • The low-pressure sensor is part of the valve stem assembly of all the tires, including the spare.
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 792
    In other words, you cannot see it because it is inside the tire.
  • Excellent. Thanks very much!
  • jere39jere39 Posts: 20
    It depends on the model year of your Tacoma. Toyota originally included a sensor on all five tires, but starting with 2009 models, and continuing through the current (2011) models they stopped adding them to the spare.

    The sensors are little radio transmitters on the inside of the wheel, attached to the valve stem.
  • I get that now. Mine is an 07. The low pressure light came on and when the 4 tires showed they were fine, I suspected the spare. My husband wouldn't believe the spare was sensed as well, even though the manual said it was. So he helped me lower it, check it (it was low), fill it and he still wouldn't believe because there was no visible sign of that tire being connected to anything except the wire holding it on. Now he believes.
  • Okay, this DOES work ! I own a 2009 Tacoma. When your light comes on, do this BEFORE you reset to the new, true, & final running tire pressure of 29 to 30 PSI. First, pressure up ALL your tires to 35 PSI (5 with spare tire sensor & only 4 for 2009 & up models). Then reset the sensor light with the reset button, as called for in the owners manual. The light should go out almost right away within a few seconds :) YAY ! Second, carefully release enough air pressure from ALL tires to lower them to 29 to 30 PSI. Then lastly, reset the sensor light with the reset button, as called for in the owners manual, once more ! YOUR GOOD TO GO !!!
  • Okay, this DOES work ! I own a 2009 Tacoma. When your light comes on, do this BEFORE you reset to the new, true, & final running tire pressure of 29 to 30 PSI. First, pressure up ALL your tires to 35 PSI (5 with spare tire sensor & only 4 for 2009 & up models). Then reset the sensor light with the reset button, as called for in the owners manual. The light should go out almost right away within a few seconds :) YAY ! Second, carefully release enough air pressure from ALL tires to lower them to 29 to 30 PSI. Then lastly, reset the sensor light with the reset button, as called for in the owners manual, once more ! YOUR GOOD TO GO !!!
  • You should check to see what the tire size is on the door jamb and compare it to your actual tires. On my 2008 taco the door jamb says the pressure should be 29lbs for P245/R16. I have P265/R17's on my truck which calls for higher air pressure around 34 PSI and all lights go out as long as the spare has the adequate pressure.
  • Hi Joe,
    I'm in the same situacion you're with the sensor light.
    What did you do, Did they give you any solution?
    I need to do know what to do too.
    Please answer me.

    Danny
    ksk.3@hotmail.com
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