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Old 11-15-2021, 12:45 AM
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False low tire pressure alarm

I have a 2008 E320 Bluetec with 280,000 miles. I am getting a low tire pressure alarm when the tires are properly inflated. How can I know which tire has the problem? Do the sensors have a battery that needs replaced? Is the problem something other than a sensor? Does the spare tire have a sensor?

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Old 11-15-2021, 07:57 PM
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Sensors have a battery that requires you to replace the sensor over a period of time.
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Old 11-15-2021, 09:13 PM
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Yes those TPMS sensors have a finite lifespan. There is a battery in each one.

To my knowledge there is not one in the ‘donut spare’.

Unfortunately the W211 (and the W164) sensors only report ‘good’ or ‘bad/battery dead’. So either fault trips the light. And they did not figure out how to display the values from the 4 corners on the dash. This was the first gen TPMS back from when they were first mandated so it was very crude by today’s standards.
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Old 01-02-2023, 03:11 AM
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Thank you for explaining (and showing) that sometimes the light doesn't go off before a test drive. The temp dropped about 20F today, and I got my tires refilled- but the light was still on. I've been afraid to drive the car. Now that I realize its part of the process, I feel better.

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