So, your car has a problem.

TPMS sensor dead.


What does this mean?

It looks like one of your tire pressure sensors have failed. These sensors sit inside of your wheel, monitor the pressure, and send the information wireless to your dash. They are battery powered. After five to ten years, the batteries fail and the sensors need to be replaced.

How urgent?


On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 2. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.

We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.

What happens if I wait?


To fix the sensor, you have to remove the tire – which is expensive. Because of the dangers associated with having low tire pressure, we would recommend that it get fixed if you have the money. It’s a little bit cheaper if you wait until the next time you buy tires. They will have the tires off anyway, so you’ll save a bit of money on labor.

How complicated is this repair?

This is how we score our difficulty.

  1. This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
  2. This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
  3. This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
  4. At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
  5. This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.
We rank this repair to be a
5

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