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Old 12-29-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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ok i have a 2007 mustang gt with tpms. on my year it's the sensors with the bands around the wheel. from what i understand in 09(maybe even 08) they have the sensors with the valve stem. can i put the the 2008/09 sensors in my 07 and it work? i really dont like the band type sensors and i have aftermarket wheels on my car with no sensors and i was hoping i could put the valve stem type sensors in my wheels.
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My '08 sensors were the banded type, not the valve stem type. If you replace your sensors with the newer style, you'll also need to buy a "relearning" tool or take your car to a dealer to program the new sensors to your PCM. A cheaper solution is to buy aftermarket bands from AM ($29.99 per pair) and then go to your local tire shop to have them installed. The aftermarket bands will fit up to 20" wheels, if I remember correctly. Plus they're reusable, as opposed to the one-time-use Ford bands, which are $55 each.
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My '08 sensors were the banded type, not the valve stem type. If you replace your sensors with the newer style, you'll also need to buy a "relearning" tool or take your car to a dealer to program the new sensors to your PCM. A cheaper solution is to buy aftermarket bands from AM ($29.99 per pair) and then go to your local tire shop to have them installed. The aftermarket bands will fit up to 20" wheels, if I remember correctly. Plus they're reusable, as opposed to the one-time-use Ford bands, which are $55 each.
so i can use the valve stem type sensors? i figured i needed to get them programmed. i dont have the band type sensors anymore. so i just assume go with the valve stem type sensors.
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If you do go with the valve stem sensors -expect to have to encode them to your ECM. If you decide to go with a band mounted, style sensor-instead-be sure and mount the sensor near-in close proximity-to the valve stem-as they are mounted in the stock wheels.
That way-your friendly tire guy won't tear them up -in the event of a mount/dismount/tire repair situation..
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If you do go with the valve stem sensors -expect to have to encode them to your ECM. If you decide to go with a band mounted, style sensor-instead-be sure and mount the sensor near-in close proximity-to the valve stem-as they are mounted in the stock wheels.
That way-your friendly tire guy won't tear them up -in the event of a mount/dismount/tire repair situation..
what do you mean encode them?
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07, I don't know if the stem type will work or not. I don't see why not, as long as you can make the computer sense their presence. The sensors work by transmitting a radio frequency signal, so you'd need to determine if the PCM in your car can detect and translate the frequency that the stem-type sensors operate with. Regardless, you'll need to either go to Ford or buy yourself a tool to enable the new sensors to "talk" to your car's computer. That's what jimbullitt meant by "encode". He was incorrect however concerning sensor placement if you go back to the band type; they need to be mounted opposite the valve stems, not near them.
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i know you have to relearn the sensors. anytime u replace a tire pressure sensor on any car you have to relearn the sensors. i know all that. what im trying to find out is if anyone knows for sure i can put valve stem type sensors on my 07.
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