TPMS Issue ~ Battery Problem?

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by hotrodking86, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. hotrodking86

    hotrodking86 New Member

    I searched and could not find a thread with the answer I was looking for. I have a 2008 Silverado 1500 and have had it brand new since Jan 2009. I have about 80k miles on the truck, a few months ago one of the tpms was reading 40-90psi. It was just jumping through that range constantly. Now it doesn't even read just has the "--" and I have the "Service Tire Pressure System" error all the time on my instrument panel. I called my local tire shop and they said that the battery probably went dead in the sensor. I have read that those batteries usually last for 10 years, has anyone had an issue like this? The TPMS is a royal pain anyway, I just hate seeing the light and the message whenever I drive.
  2. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    it sounds like the battery died in the sensor. It stinks, but the entire sensor needs replaced.
  3. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    I had a similiar issue in my 2011.. when My TPMS Error message was displayed my keyfob remote also did not work.. come to find out my 3rd brakelight was leaking and found the receiver module that runs the tpms and the remotes got wet. Even though I replaced the 3rd brake light with an aftermarket one GM covered it because there was a Service Bulletin stating that the stock brake light also leaked.. That module wasnt cheap.. I guess it was located in the rear of the cab, drivers side corner(crewcab) I remember when I put the aftermarket one in I was thinking the seal that came on the original (that I had to use on the aftermarket) was not all that great.. Then of course the mechanic just gooped it up with silicone and got it all over my roof and got grease on my door handles.. :grrrrrr:uugghhh.
  4. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Can you try to reprogram them? I forget how you do that in the Silverado, back in 2008 I think you can do it yourself.
  5. Clunker

    Clunker New Member

    I'm having the same issue in '08 Silverado 4x4. It just started at about 80k miles. For now, I'm just living with the light and message on the display. I had a tire shop try to re-program it but it would not take. I guess the battery is dead. Does anybody know what those sensors cost?
  6. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    I think that it depends on what model you have. I was talking to a guy at the GM tech center about this a few days ago because I have one that acts erratic when it gets to be 7 degrees or below outside. He said that there are 3 different models of them. Mine runs $57.99. BUT, I called the local tire chain to see how much they charge to replace them. They told me $70 for the parts and install. Luckily, they always have a $20 off coupon on their website. So, I can get it done for $50
  7. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

  8. Clunker

    Clunker New Member

    That's cheaper than I expected. Thanks for the link!
  9. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    There is a 25% off shipping code as well. I forget what it is, but that'll save a few $.
  10. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Member

    theyre actually only rated for about 5 years or 100,000 miles, go to a discount tire or something and theyll reset it for free, if not its just a dead battery like above stated
  11. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    That is good to know. I have over 150,000 miles and the truck is an 05. I guess it made it the 5 years and way over the 100000.
  12. hotrodking86

    hotrodking86 New Member

    I'm thinking about taking mine out and putting a piece of pvc pipe under my back seat with them in it filled with air. They are a big pain in my rear.
  13. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    Ha:lol:thats funny...I never thought of that but my 03 Escalade had them removed out of the rims and never had no dash lights on.. not sure how it was turned off but never had any message in the DIC either.. I wonder if theres a trick that GM knows about that if you dont want them you can have the error messages de-activated somehow.. Im sure theres a lot that can be read and done with those computers that we dont know about. And they dont want you to know about.
  14. j cat

    j cat Active Member

    I like your idea on this PITA ... when the vehicle is new have these removed and install in the air cylinder..

    they should last the life of the vehicle and save hundreds of dollars in cost.
  15. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    The problem is that it's a federal law to have tpms systems installed from the factory. So, probably not a way to disable it permanently.
  16. j cat

    j cat Active Member

    if you remove the sensors and put them in a common cylinder with the air pressure set to the correct amount , the PCM will not require any disable of this programed add on.

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