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Old 07-27-2019, 07:55 AM   #1
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TPMS Screws

Aaauuugghhh !!

I like my TST TPMS but changing the batteries is painful!! The tiny screws holding the cover were so small they broke or rounded off every jewelers phillips screwdriver I had plus a couple more I bought. It was Maddening!

So I bought about 800 micro screws on eBay for $8 hoping to find a replacement that was better.

An M2 x 6mm pan head screw worked great! The head sticks out a bit compared to the old flush screws but that doesn't matter. The pan head has a larger phillips size so I could use a larger jeweler phillips that didnít strip and was so much easier.

If you have the flow thru TPMS you should definitely consider changing the screws holding the battery cover next time you change the batteries.
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Old 07-27-2019, 12:14 PM   #2
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Sounds like you have enough to share
I can't believe that TST doesn't provide a small screwdriver in the kit, like they do the allen wrench for the locking screws.Especially given how difficult those battery cover screw are to remove without the tiniest of tools.


To avoid the pain as long as possible, here's a tip. If not using the trailer for weeks or more, and definitely while in storage, loosen the locking screws and back the sensors out past the point that they are pressurized. This turns them "off" according to TST, so they'll stop transmitting/using battery power. TST says the batteries should last a couple years. Mine lasted less than a year, and two died on the road in May. I couldn't find the right batteries anywhere, either, until I got home. So I replaced them all and bought a spare set, but have started turning 'off' the sensors after each trip...just one more thing to remember to do (screw them all the way back on the stem and tighten locking screws) before moving trailer again. Hoping I'll get a few years out of the batteries now.
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Old 07-27-2019, 12:28 PM   #3
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Sounds like you have enough to share
I can't believe that TST doesn't provide a small screwdriver in the kit, like they do the allen wrench for the locking screws.Especially given how difficult those battery cover screw are to remove without the tiniest of tools.


To avoid the pain as long as possible, here's a tip. If not using the trailer for weeks or more, and definitely while in storage, loosen the locking screws and back the sensors out past the point that they are pressurized. This turns them "off" according to TST, so they'll stop transmitting/using battery power. TST says the batteries should last a couple years. Mine lasted less than a year, and two died on the road in May. I couldn't find the right batteries anywhere, either, until I got home. So I replaced them all and bought a spare set, but have started turning 'off' the sensors after each trip...just one more thing to remember to do (screw them all the way back on the stem and tighten locking screws) before moving trailer again. Hoping I'll get a few years out of the batteries now.
I would assume this also applies to the non flow thru type of sensors. Am I correct?
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Old 07-27-2019, 12:50 PM   #4
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I would assume this also applies to the non flow thru type of sensors. Am I correct?
I would think so Hans, if you are talking about the "cap" versions. You can email TST at info@tsttruck.com and ask to be sure, but they confirmed that was the case for the flow through ones that I have.
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