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Old 01-09-2019, 08:57 AM
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OK, I have a 2014 Z51. I finally found a set of chrome, OEM Z51 wheels here on the C7 parts for sale forum. The new to me wheels are from a 2015 Z51 and come with tires and TPMS sensors. My question is, when I put these wheels on the car, will I have to reprogram the TPMS sensors from the newer wheels?
Yes, I did a search on this forum and found answers all over the map including a reference to two different sensors, taking it to the dealer to reprogram, and several who just mounted the wheels and drove off happily ever after. Totally confusing. I'm hoping there is one accurate answer.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:32 AM
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I changed my GS wheels and TPMS to Z06 wheels and did nothing. I think the computer does it for you after a short drive. Could be wrong
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:11 AM
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Ok ive been through this. Put zl1 style wheels on camaro. Need a activation tool to do it. You can buy them on ebay for 20.00 or so. They work. Put the car in tpms learn mode hold tool by tire sensor and car honks at you. when it has learned that sensor you do that to all four wheels.
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If the corvette works like the camaro
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I have a second set of wheels for winter. I have separate TPMS’s for these. I swap wheels twice per year and calibration has been automatic every time.
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The TPMS sensors used on all C7s (2014-19) need no activation tool or any human intervention at all. Once installed the TPMS module in the car will read them after a few miles.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:45 AM
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Ok ive been through this. Put zl1 style wheels on camaro. Need a activation tool to do it. You can buy them on ebay for 20.00 or so. They work. Put the car in tpms learn mode hold tool by tire sensor and car honks at you. when it has learned that sensor you do that to all four wheels.
Not on the C7. The TPMS loads and resets itself by just installion and driving the car.


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You can program them by using a tool or you can put the wheels on the car and drive for a while and the car will learn the sensor signals and locations automatically. There are at least two versions of the sensors. There are the ones that initially came on the 2014 but they were superseded by another part number that is used on 2015 and newer cars. I have a 2015 and mounted 2014 sensors on my track wheels and they work with the 2015. Don't know whether the 2015 sensors are backwards compatible but the 2014s are definitely forward compatible.

One thing I can tell you is sometimes the car takes a long time to learn the sensors. I have had track days where I ran all day before the car recognized the sensors. Typically, the car recognizes the sensors within one or two laps (no more than 7 miles).

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As noted above, assuming these are OEM sensors then you don't have to do anything on the C7.
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You can program them by using a tool or you can put the wheels on the car and drive for a while and the car will learn the sensor signals and locations automatically. There are at least two versions of the sensors. There are the ones that initially came on the 2014 but they were superseded by another part number that is used on 2015 and newer cars. I have a 2015 and mounted 2014 sensors on my track wheels and they work with the 2015. Don't know whether the 2015 sensors are backwards compatible but the 2014s are definitely forward compatible.

One thing I can tell you is sometimes the car takes a long time to learn the sensors. I have had track days where I ran all day before the car recognized the sensors. Typically, the car recognizes the sensors within one or two laps (no more than 7 miles).

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I had a 2014. When I purchased a 2nd set of winter tires and wheels in 2016, I bought a new set of TPMS sensors, and was told there was 1 TPMS part number, which was backward compatible to all C7s and self-learn. All 4 corners were received in less than 5 miles. It's the same every time I swap sets back and forth.

I now have a 2018, which was the MY where there were a number of electronic changes. Those same sensors that worked on my 14 work on my 18 without any intervention every time I swap back and forth.

It seems all TPMS sensors are both forward and backward compatible with all MYs.

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Looking at your avatar, it seems we have the exact same car (2014 / Z51) - down to the Cyber Grey and Kalahari interior... I too switched from the black Z51 wheels to the chrome and wow did they really pop... As for the TPMS - I switch from my black wheels (for driving) back to the chrome wheels (for shows) and the tire pressure monitor doesn't hiccup - it just sees the new ones each time.

Here is what the chrome will look like - too me the color combo and the chrome rims just look so classy together:

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Thanks for all the responses. I'm going to just go ahead and put the wheels on and drive it.
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Originally Posted by Foosh View Post
I had a 2014. When I purchased a 2nd set of winter tires and wheels in 2016, I bought a new set of TPMS sensors, and was told there was 1 TPMS part number, which was backward compatible to all C7s and self-learn. All 4 corners were received in less than 5 miles. It's the same every time I swap sets back and forth.

I now have a 2018, which was the MY where there were a number of electronic changes. Those same sensors that worked on my 14 work on my 18 without any intervention every time I swap back and forth.

It seems all TPMS sensors are both forward and backward compatible with all MYs.
What was your source for TPMs? I'm finding they're all over the place in sources, styles and pricing.
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I bought TPMS sensors from forum vendor House of Wheels at the same time I purchased my 2nd set of wheels from them.

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Same here.
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Same here, 2nd set of wheels from House of Wheels w/ TPMS sensors and I switch sets back and forth with no issues at all.
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Great testimonials! ! 👍👍👍
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Made the switch today. TPMS from the other C7 were read immediately, no delay, no programming.
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:45 PM
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I have a set from house of wheels as well. They worked great for about a 3 weeks and then one failed... which causes the track modes not to work among other things...

stopped in at discount tire and they confirmed they could not get it to scan either. Dumped the air and replaced as well. Just a faulty sensor. Called Bob at House of Wheels and a replacement is on its way. Great customer service. Thank you Bob.
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