Can I Reuse My Factory Installed TPMS Sensors?

Yes, you can definitely reuse your factory installed tire pressure monitoring sensors. Sensors are fragile and can be easily damaged, so please be sure to exercise caution when removing the sensors from your wheels. Any kind of damage to the sensor or the valve stem may require the entire unit to be replaced. You should also consider when the production year of your vehicle and how long the factory equipped sensors have been functioning for. The TREAD act requires all vehicles produced after September 2007 to be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. The estimated lifespan of an original equipment TPMS sensor is 5-7 years. This means that many drivers on the road today are using sensors that may expire soon. If this is the case, it would probably be wise to just purchase new sensors all together to avoid having to go to the auto shop, remove your wheels, break down your tires, remove the old sensors, replace the service kit, install the old sensors in a different wheel, mount the tires, mount the wheels, and have the sensors stop working shortly after. This is a costly, time consuming cycle that most people would not want to repeat multiple times. 

If your TPMS are nearing the end of its average battery life, don't reuse them. Buy new OE TPMS and save yourself lots of trouble and stress. 

What are the benefits of new, original equipment TPMS sensors?

  • 5-7 year battery life 
  • Manufacturers Warranty 
  • Upgraded models - Some older generation factory equipped OE sensors are known to have certain issues (electrical, poor fitment) that are addressed in newer, OE replacemements. 
  • Fresh service packs 
  • Overall, improved functionality

Benefits of reusing, old, factory equipped TPMS sensors

  • Save money 
  • Avoid the hassle of looking for new, OE TPMS replacements 
  • That's about it...

Cons of reusing old sensors

  • Shortened life span 
  • More trips to the auto shop 
  • Possibility of damaging sensor and valve during removal/installation process - requiring you to leave your car at the shop until new sensors arrive 
  • Costly and time consuming to make trips back and forth to auto shop 
  • Sensor specific malfunctions that are only addressed in new OE replacements 

Don't stress over TPMS. Our experts will help you solve your tire pressure sensor problems and get you back on the road right away. Questions? Shoot us an email at customer.service@tpmsdirect.com or give us a call at (714) 482-3996. 

Old, used factory equipped TPMS Sensor

Brand new, OE TPMS Sensor Replacement