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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 11-04-2013, 07:40 AM
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Cool TPMS Question-Winter Tires

I will need to put winter tires on the X1 any day now. Since I purchased rims which do not have the TPMS sensors it appears I have three choices:

1. Live with the TPMS warning activated.
2. Retrofit the rims with TPMS sensors.
3. Have one of the coding vendors remove the TPMS code. From the forums I understand this can even be done remotely.

My question is, given scenario #1, does anyone know if there is a gong associated with the warning, does it time out, and does the TPMS light flash or just stay on. As I am writing this I realize I could just let the air out of one of the tires and see but I do not have a compressor to refill it and I assume someone has gone this route and arrived at a suitable solution.

My Snows are also non-run flats so it will be interesting to see how the overall ride (hopefully) improves although I do not find the ride with the run-flats objectionable.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:24 AM
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I will need to put winter tires on the X1 any day now. Since I purchased rims which do not have the TPMS sensors it appears I have three choices:

1. Live with the TPMS warning activated.
2. Retrofit the rims with TPMS sensors.
3. Have one of the coding vendors remove the TPMS code. From the forums I understand this can even be done remotely.

My question is, given scenario #1, does anyone know if there is a gong associated with the warning, does it time out, and does the TPMS light flash or just stay on. As I am writing this I realize I could just let the air out of one of the tires and see but I do not have a compressor to refill it and I assume someone has gone this route and arrived at a suitable solution.

My Snows are also non-run flats so it will be interesting to see how the overall ride (hopefully) improves although I do not find the ride with the run-flats objectionable.
I lived with 1) last year. I'm actually going to have tpms sensors installed in my winter set this morning, as I don't want to live with the tire light constantly on (the initial alert in the check system area can be removed with a press of the stalk, but the warning light never goes away.) The monitors are around $45 each from tirerack.com.

Although my winter set (this is on my 335d) is go-flat (and is a slightly taller square 225/45R18 profile rather than sport package /40 & /35 staggared 18" set), the ride is not substantially "better". Less "crashing" in potholes, but otherwise similar.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:43 AM
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TPMS Question-Winter Tires

My winter tires are non-run flats on 17" rims. They do make the ride softer than the 18" summer staggered run flats. It's a little more luxury car feel. Turning is not as crisp as with the summer tires but it's not bad.

I got the TPMS from tire rack and they work fine.


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Old 11-04-2013, 10:05 AM
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Floyd,

Thank you for your answer.

I assume if the sensors are in the valve stem the tire guy can install them easily enough. Does the tire have to be removed from the rim, remounted and rebalanced?

In deciding which way to go on this I am estimating the cost which I assume to be $45 X 4 plus sensor install, mount and balance.

Perhaps you could share the overall cost when you get your car back. That would be great.

Choice #3, disabling the TPMS is not necessarily a permanent fix as any future tinkering of the electronics by the BMW dealer due to a recall or whatever will re-enable the system. It is my understanding the dealer will not disable anything that came enabled with the car.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:30 AM
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The TPMS is not "in the stem." It is a unit a couple inches square with a stem attached. The tire does need to be removed, remounted, and re-balanced. Also note that not every rim can accommodate the sensor (although I think the vast majority can.)
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:50 PM
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...I assume if the sensors are in the valve stem the tire guy can install them easily enough. Does the tire have to be removed from the rim, remounted and rebalanced?
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Perhaps you could share the overall cost when you get your car back. That would be great.
Mount/balance was $15 each at my local Discount Tire.

I just put them on and re-initialized the TPM system: sweet and clean.

BTW, The OEM ones used to be labeled BERU, now often have HUF as that division was bought from Bosch by Huf.
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