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TPMS Re-calibrate on 2013 LTZ

So after a tire rotation at a Chevy dealer they didn't re-calibrate the TPMS system. I found that out, because they also didn't even make sure the tire pressure was the same in all 4 tires.

The owners manual tells me I need to put it in a specific mode and then carry a tool to each tire. Is this tool the Remote? It doesn't say in the manual, it just calls the tool "the relearn tool".

Any help?

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Its a little handheld computer device, prices vary depending on brand. You can google search and look up a decent priced one and order it. Best bet would be to just go back to the dealer and tell them they forgot. It only takes a couple of minutes. Hell they might even thow in a discount oil change lol.
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I got a form letter e-mail from the Service Manager, and I sent him a nice reply telling him how good I think their service is, then I said ..."it's a nit, but, if you're going to rotate the tires, re-calibrate the TPMS system."

I mean really they made such a BIG thing of the 29 point check list. Makes me wonder what else they even bothered with.

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hi steve,
looks like we have the same ride !, i have had the tpms problems also, my local tire shop was able to set it right after i got a screw in one of the rsa's....

i am now trying to figure out what tires i want for it.........i sure don't think i like the goodyears.......rough ride and pretty noisy.......

i do like the car.........alot of difference from the 2006 that i traded in....i like the ingine and tranny combination.......300 plus horses out of a small v6 is pretty impressive to me..........my old monte carlo was only 325 horse with a 402 BB........and weighed about three time more than this impala......

i think this may be my first post on this site...hope it works
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Welcome!

I'm pretty new here myself. I used to have the Goodrich T/As on my 91 Camaro, and those tires were the balls.

Consider these. g-Force Sport COMP-2 | BFGoodrich Tires

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So after a tire rotation at a Chevy dealer they didn't re-calibrate the TPMS system. I found that out, because they also didn't even make sure the tire pressure was the same in all 4 tires.

The owners manual tells me I need to put it in a specific mode and then carry a tool to each tire. Is this tool the Remote? It doesn't say in the manual, it just calls the tool "the relearn tool".

Any help?

Thanks.
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The tool is SPX Service Solutions (formerly Kent-Moore)"TPMS Relearn Tool EL-50448".

I bought one new in 2012 from them via their web site. Then, it was $62.33 + tax + S/H.

You place the vehicle in learn-mode by placing the vehicle in park, setting the parking brake, turning the key to "run" (no engine start), and pressing the lock and unlock buttons on the remote for four seconds. The horn will sound and on some models, the LF parking light will illuminate. "Tire Learning" will display on some DIC's.

You press the device against the sidewall near the valve stem and press the button on the device. The horn will sound. You move around the vehicle from the LF, to RF, to RR, to LR. Then the horn will sound two chirps. You have two minutes to complete the relearn process.

I bought the device to use on various GM vehicles in the family. It works perfectly and is very easy to use. I have seen them featured on EBay also.

Good luck - I hope this helps.
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i rotated my 2012 tires on my own and did not bother to program the sensors to location. thought about buying the tool but it felt like a waste of money. if a tire is low, no matter which wheel, its a problem and i will check all 4 anyway. they are all suposed to be 30psi anyway

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Tool is cheaper than ever

I just got mine today and re-learned all the sensors to their correct position on my car after the tire shop I go to moved my rims around.

First,


$15.

Supposedly, you can do it without the tool by letting air out of the tires,
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I cannot verify if it works, but having watched the video, the process is faster with the tool.

If you want to see how to get your impala into TPMS re-learn mode, you can actually see that done in the video as well, but in case that video disappears someday, i'll go ahead and describe it.

To re-learn your TPMS sensors on your 8th gen Impala:
(1) Put car in TPMS re-learn mode by turning the key to ACC.
Then, on the key FOB, press & hold "lock" and "unlock" simultaneously.

Car horn should honk twice, and DIC will notify you, "TIRE LEARNING ACTIVE."

If you walk to the front of your car, you'll notice the driver's side blinker is brightly lit, or the only one lit (depending on current lighting conditions). It's indicating which tire is the first tire in the order.
The order is: front driver's side, front passenger's side, rear passenger's side, rear driver's side.
So, go to the front driver's side tire, put the tool near the valve stem (i put mine up against the tire wall at the valve stem location) and press & hold the button on the tool until the horn honk one time. When it honks, go to the next tire in the order.

It should only take about 1-2 seconds at each tire. If it doesn't honk, then try other locations around the valve stem, or make sure the batter in your tool is good.
If that doesn't work, the sensor itself might be bad.

Hope this helps someone.
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After I put 20s on I damned near flattened my tire trying the "let air out" trick and it does NOT work on a 2016 2LT. Bought the tool off of eBay for $16 and it's GM so works on my Tahoe as well.
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Yeah, the let-air-out and refill method does NOT work on the newer Impalas (2012+, I'm guessing). You MUST use a TPMS tool for them. At least they are crazy-cheap now - it was over $75 for the exact same tool just a few years ago..
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^+1 JT. I gave $85 for the reset tool in 2013...
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Those tools were much more expensive when I got mine a few years ago. I'm glad they've gone down so much.

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Those tools were much more expensive when I got mine a few years ago. I'm glad they've gone down so much.
GM TPMS is pretty simple in comparison to the strange dances some manufacturers require you to do.
Toyota vehicles require that you program the ECM with the four or five sensor IDENT numbers after you read them from each tire.

I'm going to rant a bit. My rants tend to be a bit acerbic...
I do a quick visual before I take any vehicle out and I check and adjust the tire pressures with a gauge on Saturday morning along with checking all the bulbs and all the fluids. The important bits like the engine, transmission, and tires last longer... and the fuzz don't get to bother me about burnt out bulbs.

The government was lobbied by the car manufacturers and howler monkeys like Ralph Nader to require this obnoxiousness. The automakers then proceeded to build overcomplex systems that require "dealer service" to pad the bottom line of their dealer network. Completely predictable outcome.
The stated goal was to prevent under-inflation of tires that causes safety issues. I still see mini vans and Ferd Exploders stinking of burned rubber and driving on the rim at WalMart and the grocery store.

The public lobbying started with the entertainment shows, that are masquerading as News, overblowing the passenger car rated FIRESTONE and GOODYEAR failures on the tippy tippy tippy FORD EXPLORERS. Kinda reminds me of the tippity Suzuki Samurai but the Soccer moms weren't driving those.
Reminds me of the Don Henley lyrics...
"The bubble-headed-bleach-blond comes on at five
She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
It's interesting when people die
We need dirty laundry"

I didn't need the smiling sharks at CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX to tell me that passenger car tires on a light truck or van are sub-par.
Mounting passenger rated tires on the already low quality Ford Exploder to save Ford Motor Company the difference between Light Truck Tires and Passenger Tires for each unit built is adding insult to injury.
Outside of the cost of the tires themselves... Passenger tires provide a squishy and vague "smooth" ride so the sub-par suspension and steering isn't front and centre when your garden variety soccer mom or dad goes for a test drive.

IMHO Vans, mini and fullsize, and any SUV or pickup truck should be sporting at least Load Range C LT tires from the factory. It's a safety thing. But I'm not not going to lobby the government to circumvent Darwin.
Weeding out the dimly aware is something I applaud.
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I will say that the TPMS sensors in my new Challenger are awesome. You don't need to do anything - it's all fully automatic. When I had different wheels/tires put on, with brand new TPMS sensors, they all set automatically after driving for a few minutes. :-) The person that installed them couldn't figure out how to get them to set. I explained that I read online that it's all automatic - and sure enough, it was.

Apparently, it tells which wheel is which by the distance from the receiver. Why aren't they all this easy??
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I will say that the TPMS sensors in my new Challenger are awesome. You don't need to do anything - it's all fully automatic. When I had different wheels/tires put on, with brand new TPMS sensors, they all set automatically after driving for a few minutes. :-) The person that installed them couldn't figure out how to get them to set. I explained that I read online that it's all automatic - and sure enough, it was.

Apparently, it tells which wheel is which by the distance from the receiver. Why aren't they all this easy??
Damn good question and perhaps the answer is $$$$

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