TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring System Instructions

TPMS Retrofit Kit: Installing & Pairing the Tire Sensors


Please Note: The tire sensors you receive in the kit are already assigned (paired) with your dashboard display console and will work as soon as you install them on the tire valve stem. You only need to do the pairing procedure below if you have purchased replacements for some reason, or replaced the display console.

Adrian Biffen, Senior Partner

The solar charged tire pressure dashboard display console has various icons, as seen in the previous article in this series. In this article we will explain how to configure the display and assign (pair) the four wireless tire sensors to the system. Here are the four tire pressure sensors:

wireless tire pressure sensors screw onto valve stem

Installing the Wireless Tire Pressure Sensors:

TPMS sensor locking nuts and adhesive bad for console Please Note: If you are installing the wheel sensor kit for the first time, the tire sensors should start to work as soon as you screw them on. The sensors are pre-configured to work with the display, so please install the sensors onto the correct wheels (as viewed from above the car):

  • Front Left (F.L.)
  • Front Right (F.R.)
  • Rear Left (R.L.)
  • Rear Right (R.R.)

The tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) includes four locking nuts for the wireless wheel sensors, and a strong adhesive pad for dash mounting the display console.

These locking nuts need to be threaded onto the valve stem first, and screwed all the way down, before you screw on the tire pressure sensors.

Note that the sensors are labeled for the wheel they should be assigned to, but you can re-program them to show up as a different sensor on a different wheel (see final page for instructions).

After you have screwed on the tire pressure sensors, making sure they are snug, please use the wrench (provided) to back the locking nuts off until they are tight against the tire pressure sensors.

Note that the button battery inside the tire pressure sensors can be easily replaced (see instructions in the final article). The CR1632 button battery in the sensors typically lasts 2 to 3 years, depending on how much you drive.

The two-sided adhesive pad for the console has a peel-off plastic layer on each side; please use this to mount the display console on the dash for easy viewing of the tire data.

tire pressure sensor installation instructions

Assigning (Pairing) the Wireless Tire Pressure Sensors:

The dashboard console screen (shown below) displays the real-time data transmitted from the tire sensors. There are 3 buttons on the top of the console unit that are used to turn the display on/off and program the console unit.

tire pressure monitor programming buttons

Here are the steps for assigning (pairing) each sensor re first time use:

When you first screw the sensors onto the valve stem, the sudden air pressure triggers the sensor to start transmitting the pairing signal, so it is a good idea to be ready to initiate the pairing procedure. The sensors will timeout after about 90 seconds, but you can re-initiate the pairing signal by unscrewing them from the valve stem and re-installing.

Once they are successfully assigned, they will revert to paired mode and start transmitting the data.

1. Turn the power on by holding down the LEFT BUTTON for 3 seconds. The console will beep and the display will clear itself and set all digits to zero, if this is first-time use. Note that all 4 tires will be visible on the center car icon, as in the above picture.

2. Press and hold the MENU BUTTON for 3 seconds; this causes the unit to enter the system configuration mode. There will be a few icons visible, but the important one is the 0 (zero) on the left hand side of the display screen.

Please Note: This configuration mode has a 60 SECOND TIMEOUT; if you do nothing, it will revert back to the power on screen that you see in step 1. Also, if you change your viewing angle, sometimes the digits may be un-clear, for example a 6 may look like an 8.

3. There are 8 CONFIGURATION MODES, numbered 0 to 7, and that zero on the left hand side is the MENU COUNTER. You can cycle through the different configuration screens with either of the LEFT OR RIGHT BUTTONS, and you will see that menu counter change each time you press EITHER BUTTON.

4. Starting with the MENU COUNTER at zero, press and release the RIGHT BUTTON 6 times; the MENU COUNTER should display menu item 6, and this causes the unit to enter the wheel sensor assignment pairing mode. Note that only the left front wheel on the center car icon is visible.

5. Press the MENU BUTTON once to enter the wheel selection mode; the large 0 digit to the immediate right of the center car icon will begin to flash. The 4 wheels are numbered from 0 to 3, and you can cycle through the 4 wheels by pressing either the LEFT OR RIGHT BUTTONS. Note that only the target wheel appears on the center car icon; the sequence is thus:

  • Wheel 0 -> Front Left (F.L.)
  • Wheel 1 -> Front Right (F.R.)
  • Wheel 2 -> Rear Left (R.L.)
  • Wheel 3 -> Rear Right (R.R.)

6. With the front left tire selected, screw the tire sensor onto the valve stem (remember to screw the locking nut all the way on first). When you reach the snug position where you cannot tighten the sensor any further, the sensor will automatically release the tire stem needle valve, and the sensor will start reading the tire air pressue. This triggers the pairing transmitter signal and you should see the sensor ID appear.

7. Press the right button to advance to the front right wheel and repeat the sensor installation from step 6. You can continue in the same manner to install the tire pressure sensors on the rear wheels.

8. Please keep in mind that the sensors don't actually turn on and transmit any data until the vehicle is moving at a speed greater than 13 mph (about 20 kmh), so if you don't get a tire pressure or temperature reading right away, just wait until you drive the vehicle.

If you are interested, you can purchase the TPMS Retrofit Kit in our DIY online automation store.

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