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Old 02-11-2017, 05:02 PM
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I just purchased a 1999 convertible ( 35k miles) and the minute you turn on the ignition , " service "TPMS" comes up. Person I bought it from said it had always done that and ignored it. Tires were changed by the first owner, Goodyears are gone and BS are on it, but it still has monitors.
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Old 02-11-2017, 05:14 PM
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I just purchased a 1999 convertible ( 35k miles) and the minute you turn on the ignition , " service "TPMS" comes up. Person I bought it from said it had always done that and ignored it. Tires were changed by the first owner, Goodyears are gone and BS are on it, but it still has monitors.
Any ideas on the first step
Likely the batteries in the TPMS are dead. You can try training them and see if the horn will honk when you try any of them:



If you cannot get the horn to honk when trying to train any of them then either the batteries are dead or there are no TPMS installed.

If/when you go to replace the TPMS, I urge you caution on after market brands. Many, many, many threads by members that wanted to save a few bucks and tried the aftermarket brands only to have huge problems trying to get them to train to the C5. Most after market brands do NOT use a magnet to train. They require either a proprietary programming tool or sometimes letting air out of the tire to get it to communicate.

The TPMS for the early year cars (97 - 2000) are different than and not compatible with the TPMS for the later year C5's. Also significantly more expensive.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:49 AM
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Agree that the TPMS batteries are shot. Schrader makes the correct sensor for the 1997 - 2000 Vettes. It is their part number 28006. I just replaced sensors in my 1999 C5 with these and had no problems with installation or the "learning" procedure. BTW...Tire Rack had the best price I could find. Good Luck and let us know how things turn out...
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