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Old 30th October 2007, 06:16   #1
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TPM Malfunction

I just put Alpina Dynamic 20" wheels on my 2007 B7 with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires, but I'm getting a "TPM Malfunction" indication on my dash and iDrive. I reset the TPM but the TPM Malfunction won't go away. Any ideas on why this would be happening? It never happened with my Alpina Classic 21" wheels that I had on during the summer.
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That is weird. I say let it sit over night, turn the car on in the morning, try resetting again and see what happens. If you can't get it to work Id be at the dealer.
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Are you sure the new wheels actually have TPM sensors installed?
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Are you sure the new wheels actually have TPM sensors installed?
Looks like the dealer ordered the right valve stems (the TPM valve stems) as they are much more expensive than the usual stems. But they've now ordered a set of new ones so if the ones they installed were the wrong ones or are defective, they can go ahead and replace them on the spot. I don't want to bring the car in until the new valve stems arrive which should be next week.
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any update on this? I always thought the TPM didnt use specific valve stems but just relied on the ABS sensors. I just put on snow tires last night and now I get the same warning. rrr
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any update on this? I always thought the TPM didnt use specific valve stems but just relied on the ABS sensors. I just put on snow tires last night and now I get the same warning. rrr
It turns out that they installed the right stems but had not installed the TPM system itself before mounting each of my winter tires on my new wheels as someone at the Alpina distributorship in California advised them it was not necessary to do so. I had to take the car back and get it done - no more TPM malfunction! I am going to write a letter to the President of BMW Canada Inc. about it and urge him to have an Alpina specialist available at the Canadian headquarters who can advise accurately on such matters. After all, there are 48 Canadian 2007 B7s out there (50 including two press cars)!

By the way, I did not take the standard BMW Canada Inc. winter wheel and tire package which did have the TPM system pre-installed.

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thanks- this is what my shop found out as well- its not the stems necessarily but a TPM system that must be affixed. Whats so interesting is BMW went from one active system on the 7 that showed each tire pressure, to a passive system that relied on the ABS sensors like the other models and it appears they have gone back to a (different) active system... We'll just have to install this now....
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