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I have a 2008 2500HD (Duramax) with factory TPMS. One of the sensors is dead. I believe I have the tools to break the bead of the tire on the outside and could gain access to the stem. Assuming I could purchase the correct stem and sensor, can I teach the truck the coding for the new sensor? I do not have any sort of scan tool, but I am quite familiar with rotating the tires and re-teaching the tire locations. But does that method work for teaching a new sensor?
 

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Each sensor has its own unique ID number. If a new sensor is fitted, the body control module must be reprogrammed with its unique ID and its position on the vehicle.

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Yes, it is the same method for teaching it the new sensors.
I know asking this makes me seem somewhat slow, however:
So I can teach the unique ID number of a new sensor using the "let the air out of the tire until you hear a beep" procedure?
 

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Try it and see what happens. Let us all know if reprogramming (like by a device) is needed.
 

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That procedure works up until 2012 or so. Newer than that requires a tool.
 

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Thanks to all for the help. We'll see what happens.
 

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I used a Bead Buster (BeadBuster XB-455 | BeadBuster Wholesale Bead Breaker) that I bought to break the bead on motorcycle tires. I was surprised that the bead on my 16" truck tires was much easier to break than motorcycle tires. I just broke the outside bead, and used large "C" clamps to press the sidewall down enough to give easy access to the stem and TPMS. The first replacement TPMS I bought (part # 13586335) was not recognized by the truck using the "let the air out until the horn beeps" procedure. Although I used the proper procedure and let LOTS of air out, this TPMS would not be seen by the truck system. I believe that this part number has been replaced by Part #13598771. I reasoned that the first sensor I bought might be old stock and had a bad battery. The second sensor I bought (the Part #13598771) was recognized by the truck without issue while using the "let the air out until the horn beeps" procedure. Both of the sensors I bought came from Amazon, and each cost less than $20. A set of 4 is even cheaper each.

Since I had broken only the outside bead, airing up the tire and setting the outside bead was reasonably easy even using my small pancake compressor. I stood on the rim, which pressed the rim slightly into the bead of tire, and it popped out fairly easily.

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