Change a Tire Pressure Sensor

A tire sensor measures the air pressure amount in a tire. This set of instructions will show you the proper way to fix a tire pressure malfunction on any given vehicle. Typically, there are four tires on vehicles, that means that each tire will have a sensor.

Steps

  1. Gather materials. You will need a standard mechanics set which will include items and tools such as wrenches, sockets, screw drivers, etc., a device called the Bead Buster, and other objects needed will be the new tire pressure sensor, as well as the basic needs to change a tire. This can include a tire iron, and load jack and lastly, you’ll need an air compressor.
  2. Look at the car display and HUD. This indicates a pressure sensor needs to be changed. Take the lugnuts off in a star pattern and then raise the jack to elevate the vehicle to the point where you have access to what you need to fix. This will allow you to take the tire off the car.
  3. Deflate tire and use the Bead Buster. Opening the valve of the tire, deflate the core of the tire. Use the Bead Buster wedge it between the rim and the actual tire.
  4. Turn the device using your sockets, and deflate the tire off the rim.
  5. Loosen the pressure hose with one of your sockets. This step gives you clear access to what you need to replace which is the pressure sensor.
  6. Use your hands, take the new device and plug it in the same way that you took out the broken pressure sensor.
  7. Inflate the tire on the rim. Use the air compressor by attaching it to the open valve and then put the tire back on the car. Essentially you are just reversing the previous steps to put the tire back on.

Tips

  • If this doesn't work, you may have placed the tire pressure sensor in the wrong place or you might have changed out the wrong sensor. Be sure to always double and maybe even triple check that you have all of the correct materials and tools as well as that you’re fixing the correct sensor as detected by your car display.
  • Be sure to always double and maybe even triple check that you have all of the correct materials and tools as well as that you’re fixing the correct sensor as detected by your car display.

Warnings

  • Always keep small parts and heavy machinery away from small children.
  • Make sure the car is off and in park so as you’re working on it, less accidents are likely to take place which reduces self injury.
  • Wear safety protection including gloves and protective goggles.

References

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