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Old 09-22-2014, 09:14 AM   #1
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Does anyone lock their TPMS sensors?

I am trying to decide if I need to use the locking screw on each TPMS external sending unit. What does everyone else do?

My plan is to only put them on when using the RV, and remove them when it gets stored. So this is on/off at least once a month.
I have two concerns. Each time I tighten the locking screw, it will dig into the threads of the valve stem. After doing this several times, I think it will end up damaging the threads.
Also, if someone tries to steal them, I suspect that they will severely damage the valve threads by trying to unscrew it when locked.

What is your experience?

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Old 09-22-2014, 09:20 AM   #2
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I didn't buy the flow-through type, so I have to remove them to add air. So, no, I don't lock them. I would think that the demand for stolen tire pressure sensors is pretty small. JMHO.
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Old 09-22-2014, 09:23 AM   #3
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Dan,

I don't use the locks. I like to remove all of the sensors once I am at my long term destination.

For people that do lock them, I would suggest leaving them once they are on. Therefore, I believe that's why the Flow-Through Sensors are probably so popular.

BTW, I prefer the Cap type sensors, smaller lighter and heck, you have to remove a fill cap off of the FT sensors so it's the same process when you remove the Cap Sensors. What's the difference one way or the other! I just don't like the size and weight of the FT sensors. Too easy to get knocked off also.

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Old 09-22-2014, 06:07 PM   #4
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I have had sensors for 11 years with no locking device, and I have never lost one.
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Nope don't lock them. Most folks don't know what they are!
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Thank You gentlemen....that make me feel a lot better...knowing that having them stolen is not a problem, AND that they won't fall off if not locked.

Thanks Again,

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I don't lock mine and I don't remove them either.
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Back when I was a Pressure Pro distributor/dealer we had one case of stolen sensors. The alarm went off in the middle of the night and the owner just thought it was pressure going down as the tires cooled. Found out the next day that someone had taken his sensors at $50 each.
Other than that I've never heard of it happening.
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Automatic theft alarm

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Back when I was a Pressure Pro distributor/dealer we had one case of stolen sensors. The alarm went off in the middle of the night and the owner just thought it was pressure going down as the tires cooled. Found out the next day that someone had taken his sensors at $50 each.
Other than that I've never heard of it happening.
That actually seems like a benefit. I think I will leave my receiver unit on when we are staying in the motorhome. If the alarm sounds, it could be that a senor has been removed. It will sound when the first sensor gets removed. That gives me time to get the baseball bat and go investigate

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i leave em on and never bother to lock. 2 years they are still there.
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On the coach I have flow through style, never locked them,5 years no problems. On the toad,i have cap style, and I now lock them as some bum thought they looked cool.i guess on the toad,i am more apt to park in less than desirable places.
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With the TST system the 'cap' type need a special tool to install/remove. If someone decides they want them they will just spin unless you use the tool.

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With the TST system the 'cap' type need a special tool to install/remove. If someone decides they want them they will just spin unless you use the tool.

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You don't have to leave the outside cap on. Just remove it (requires a jewelers phillips screwdriver) and you don't have to use the special wrench, but then neither does anyone else!
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