TPMS programming

TPMS programming

I'm getting a second set of wheels for my S. I also bought a set of OEM Tesla TPMS, the gen 2 version which can show tire pressure for each wheel. How are they programmed so that the correct wheel location (RF, LF, RR, LR) shows on my dash display? Does the Model S automatically know the individual tire sensor locations?

SomeJoe7777 | 15/03/2016

Is your car's VIN 50900 or higher? If so, then the TPMS sensors you bought (gen 2 / Continental / 433 MHz) are correct, all you have to do is have them installed on the wheels, put the wheels on the car, and then use the "Reset TPMS" option in the touch screen under settings. Tire pressures will be shown in the dash within a few miles of driving.

If you have a VIN lower than 50900, gen 2 TPMS transmitters are not compatible with the receivers that are in your car. You must use the other type of TPMS sensors (gen 1 / Baolong / 315 MHz) and you will not get individual tire pressures.

EVino | 15/03/2016

How does the car determine the individual loction? What if I rotated my wheels?

EVino | 15/03/2016

location (sic)

SomeJoe7777 | 15/03/2016

I believe there are 4 separate receivers in the car, one in each wheel well. They detect the sensor that's closest to them, thus tire rotation doesn't need to be taken into account.

Haggy | 15/03/2016

My VIN is lower than 50900 and I have the new type. It's not much lower, but vehicles aren't made in strict VIN order. There are vehicles with lower VINs than mine that got made first. Tesla was making close to 1000 cars a week at that point. I can't say the exact volume, but mine was picked up in Fremont. That means that had they made my car a couple of weeks earlier and made some others a couple of weeks later, some of those would have been in transit at the end of the quarter. By making other cars with higher VINs first, they were able to finish mine right before the end of the quarter, and get cars in the hands of owners at the other end of the country by the end of the quarter even though they might have ordered after I did.

So they probably made cars with VINs that were hundreds higher than mine before the switch over. I'm pretty sure they did, and there were threads about it over at TMC where people were posting their VINs and the vehicle's destination to see what was coming out of the factory. Nothing destined for Fremont (that ended up in the thread) was coming out of the factory for a good chunk of time leading up to the last week or so of the quarter. So even if they techically started at 50900, they might have made 50500 a couple of weeks later. And there would be some vehicles with higher VINs than that that were made earlier and lacked the latest hardware.

SomeJoe7777 | 15/03/2016

True, if you have a VIN near 50900, then a sure way to tell (as long as you're running software 7.1 or higher) is to pull up the car status app on the dash and see if you have individual tire pressures on your current wheels. If so, you have the gen 2 sensors, if not, you have the gen 1.

EVino | 15/03/2016

I didn't know the car has sensors at each wheel well. Good to know, Joe.

Haggy | 17/03/2016

I didn't know there were cars with TPMS that didn't have sensors at each wheel well and didn't display individual pressures until I bought the Model S. I don't remember where I read about it or how I found out, but I did have to double check. When I picked the car up, my 80 year old father commented that that the DS forgot to show where the tire pressures were displayed. It was embarrassing to say that the car didn't do that, but I was able to hedge things by pointing out that it might be changed in the future with an OTA software download. I let him know when that happened.

It's nice to know that the car is now high tech enough for somebody who grew up with manual chokes.

EVino | 17/03/2016

@Haggy, programming older TPMS systems in other cars are tedious. The tire specialist has to program each wheel and associate it one at a time. I assumed the same with Tesla TPMS but I'm sure glad to know it's plug and play on the gen2.

jbdvm1988 | 17/03/2016

I just swapped all 4 wheel/tires with another set of Oem tesla wheels I bought from a model S owner. After driving a few miles the tire pressures all displayed then the main screen asked me to select the wheel diameter and then it gave another option that linked with the tpms. It was super simple. Vin 773xx

brook | 20/06/2018

I have a Pre-50900 vin - and have had many tire issues - Is there a way to get the individual tire information? I just installed new wheels that came with the new sensors and am just finding out that I must swap them and put the older sensors back. Is there an alternative to get the Car side upgraded to read the new sensors?

Bighorn | 20/06/2018

yes--you can upgrade the receiver unit.

dennis.pogodayev | 29/04/2019

"VIN 50900 or higher? If so, then the TPMS sensors you bought (gen 2 / Continental / 433 MHz) are correct,
If you have a VIN lower than 50900, you must use the other type of TPMS sensors (gen 1 / Baolong / 315 MHz)"

How correct is this info? My search for a 2014 Tesla S (VIN below 50900) pop up with 433mhz recommendation from Amazon, TireRrack and,

murphyS90D | 29/04/2019

Does your car display tire pressures on the driver's display?
Yes - 433 MHz
No -- 315 MHz