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Old 09-15-2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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tire low pressure sensors

I have low pressure sensors on my 2013 3500 dually Sprinter. These came stock on the vehicle. If I install TPS with new stems or if I put Borg dually valve stems for external Pressure sensors I will loose the low pressure sensors unless they can attach to the new stems. I will then have a permanent warning light on my dash instruments. Does anyone have experience with this dilemma. I will have TPS but I do not want the warning light permanently in my face for the loss of the stock low pressure sensors.
PS. low pressure sensors only light up when a tire reaches a certain pre-programed low pressure. Also, it does not tell you which tire is low.
Anyone not confused with this and who has info, please respond.
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I've never heard of a low pressure sensor being stock on a Sprinter. Do you have a picture of this device you can post? Was it perhaps installed by an Airstream dealer?


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I have low pressure sensors on my 2013 3500 dually Sprinter. These came stock on the vehicle. If I install TPS with new stems or if I put Borg dually valve stems for external Pressure sensors I will loose the low pressure sensors unless they can attach to the new stems. I will then have a permanent warning light on my dash instruments. Does anyone have experience with this dilemma. I will have TPS but I do not want the warning light permanently in my face for the loss of the stock low pressure sensors.
This is a new one on me. Sprinter 3500 vans have a GVWR of 11,030 pounds. Vehicles with a GVWR higher than 10,000 pounds are exempt from the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) #138 requirement to have OEM tire pressure monitoring systems.

The Sprinter operator's manual applies to all Sprinter vans, not just the 3500, and so it contains information about TPMS, which are required on the Sprinter 2500 vans. In addition, the stock Sprinter TPMS found on the Sprinter 2500 is only available with the stock steel wheels, not for the aftermarket Alcoa aluminum wheels on an Interstate. Just because your manual covers TPMS doesn't mean your van actually has TPMS.
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:06 PM   #4
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One trick to shut the lite off, if you truly have a stock TPMS, is to put all of the sensors inside the spare tire.
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I am in process of finding out if LP sensors are MB or Airstream products. MB dealer says LP sensors are required on this vehicle. One of the two should be able to verify yes or no if I have sensors. I guess I could let the air out of one rear tire to see if warning light comes on. Borg Dually Valve
is also looking into matter. I will post info as I gather it.
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tire low pressure sensors

I think your dealer is wrong. Mercedes does not spend money installing a TPMS on the Sprinter 3500's in the USA because they are not required by NHTSA. Good idea to test by lowering the pressure in one tire.


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The other clue that indicates you don't have a TPMS on your Sprinter 3500 is found in the owner's manual for vehicles like ours that have steering wheel buttons. If you had TPMS you would be able to bring up the display as shown in the attached page from owner's manual. Also note that display only shows readings for four tires. Our Interstates have six tires. Click image for larger version

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Once we understand what type of sensor you were given we will be able to provide an action plan that will solve your problem with warning lights on the dash.
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We bought a 2013 3500 new Asa tow vehicle for our 28' 2009 Ocean Breeze. It does NOT come with any tire pressure monitoring. I believe that your dealer is incorrect and this is a non-issue for you.
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MyMB dealer reversed previous statement and verified that I do not have low pressure sensors. Sorry. Am in process of installing TPMS system on all 6 tires. Have both external and internal sensors in hand. Truck System Technologies has special valve stems for internal sensor attachment. I would prefer internal. I have to change several valve stems to place the external sensors or use other Stems for internal sensors. Trying to decide.
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I take it that you aren't getting the type of internal sensors that are on the backside of the valve stem.
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I have TST internal sensors. TST sent me new Borg stems and metal adapters for each stem. The sensors will be on the backside of the stems using the adapters. I was led to believe that the new stems were made for the Alcoa rims on Sprinters. I plan to bring the new stems to the tire dealer before I bring the Sprinter. I want the dealer to be comfortable with the stems before the tires are taken off the rims. I have part numbers for any one interested.
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FWIW, you can replace the stems w/o removing the tires. They break the bead off the rim next to the valve stem and then R&R them. Reseat the bead and no rebalance req'd unless they were out of balance to begin with.
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