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Old 09-07-2011, 11:32 AM   #1
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TPMS relearn tool or air out on a 2011

I have a 2011 HHR and the manual doesn't mention the "let air out of tire" routine for programming the TPMS, but instead it says use the relearn tool. I was wondering if anyone can confirm that I can reprogram new TPMSs in a 2011 with letting the air out? I am getting a set of winter tires/rims with the sensors and I don't want to have to go to the dealer each time to reset the sensors.

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Old 09-07-2011, 11:39 AM   #2
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If you are having the tires mounted at a tire store, they should do it for you..
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:41 AM   #3
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The relearn procedure for owners that don't have a tool was removed from the HHR in 2011.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:50 AM   #4
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SO 2011s NEED the tool?

Man. The fact that I got stuck with a 2010 HHR keeps looking better and better.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:55 AM   #5
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These are winter tires/rims and I will be installing them on the vehicle myself. I can have the shop reset it, but I would rather not go back to them in the fall and spring. It seems strange the relearn procedure was removed from the manual, but I doubt GM changed the parts. The shop said they have to program it, but, of course, they will say this. So... anyone program their own on a 2011?

It looks like vehicles built in 2011 use the tool, but previous years don't. Now... is it related to build year or model year. Hmmm. I think mine might have been built in 2010, but I have to check when I get home.

More info on the tool: https://gmspecialservicetools.spx.co...0448_rev_1.pdf
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:40 PM   #6
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I had an issue with my 2008. It could NOT be reset by the owner in the driveway, I tried numerous times. I took it in for warranty service, they used their reset tool and charged me $50. I argued that I wanted the owner reset feature fixed, it fell upon deaf ears. They argued it was the same result, except I stioll cannot reset on my own. I'd rather take the freakin things off and throw them away.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:03 PM   #7
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You can purchase a reset tool for around $50.
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:46 PM   #8
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What tool do you recommend as I would be interested to have my own reset tool. I have 3 cars in my family that have TPMS. I never looked into the tool because I thought they were more expensive than that.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:17 PM   #9
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The tool (Kent-Moore EL-50448) has gone up in price over the last year. Gm service tools wants $68.57
I just ordered one today (12-2-12) from Handsontools.com and was $66.03 then I applied a coupon code they sent me (TOOL10M) that is good until the end of the month and got 10% off. I have 2 gm vehicles and I am tired of letting air out of the tires when I rotate them and then have to pump them back up again.
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do you still have to re-learn the sensors if they are in summer tires? i dont have a set for the winters
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