beehjae
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TPMS is required?

Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:00 pm

Hi All,

Just got my hands on a used Spark EV. I wanted to get a set of winter tires for it. Is TPMS required to be installed? Or can I just leave it out, and turn it off?

I've been browsing the manual and it's unfortunately not helping.

Would appreciate some guidance.

Kind Regards,
beehjae

NORTON
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Re: TPMS is required?

Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:39 am

Early on here on this forum I read that a flat front tire would keep the car from moving.
Now that I say that, it sounds like a very unsafe thing, if you need to move out of the way..... :shock:

Sorry, I know this is not an answer... :roll:

I got a set of TPMS sensors on good ol'amazon for not much when I went with a different set of wheels and tires.

Look it up! Get the correct frequency. Don't go cheap. You'll like having that display working. It warned me once of an impending flat tire ! :!:
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC.
+65k miles. Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.

beehjae
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Re: TPMS is required?

Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:42 am

Is the warning just an indicator? Flashing? With beeps? If Tire Pressure is low?

NORTON
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Re: TPMS is required?

Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:21 am

I keep the tire pressure display up all the time.
I saw that one tire was low and getting lower. I don't remember getting a warning msg, but I'm sure it would do that at some point.
I got to work and then pumped up the tire at lunch time and drove to a tire shop.

This is a much better system than the kind that only give you a warning once the tire is already low.

Read the Owner's Manual.

Did you find a set of steel wheels that work on this car?


$80 set of 4. Don't go cheap. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07FMG8LD6/ ... f16524fffe
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC.
+65k miles. Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.

beehjae
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Location: Toronto

Re: TPMS is required?

Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:53 am

Hi Norton,

I'll read the manual again. If it's just a flashing icon, I really wouldn't mind.

This is my quote from 1010tires:
Fast Wheels Metro (Hyper Black) Wheels 14" x 6" 4/100 40 72.60
Item #F229-1460-49PN-40C726
$455.96

Toyo Observe GSi-5 Tires 175/65R14 82T
Item #130020
$244.80

Toyo Observe GSi-5 Tires 195/60R14 86T
Item #130860
$282.62

EDIT: This is in CAD, not including taxes.

NORTON
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Re: TPMS is required?

Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:10 pm

Note: A Spark EV is very different than a Gasser Spark when it comes to wheels.

Ask them to trial fit the wheels - front and rear - before installing the tires and TPMS.
The stock wheels have different offsets front and rear and cannot be swapped front for rear.
Also, I think if the hub centers are different you should get 'hubcentric rings' to properly center the wheels on the hubs.

I think you do get a yellow TPMS warning icon off on the left of the display if a tire is too low.
You won't have the individual tire pressure readings in that display if you don't go with TPMS sensors.
This is some advanced stuff that not all car makes offer. I find it important....
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC.
+65k miles. Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.

beehjae
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Joined: Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:28 pm
Location: Toronto

Re: TPMS is required?

Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:42 pm

Thanks Norton,

I'll chase them once they're open again.

Kind Regards,
Beehjae

JPL
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Location: Vancouver, BC

Re: TPMS is required?

Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:14 pm

No it is not required at all. I got 4 steel rims with Winter tires without any. There is a warning but it works fine.
2014 Spark EV no FC
Front Speakers: Alpine 4" (SPS410)
Back Speakers: Alpine 5X7" (SPS517) w 3D print adapters

17 " Rims
Front: Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 205/40R17
Back: Hankook 205/45R17

2016 Kia Soul EV no FC

2000 Honda Insight MT

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