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We tow a 2008 Taurus behind a medical motor coach. Last flat tire on towed car did $1300 damage to car. Can I capture the signal from the Taurus TPMS system and deliver to towing vehicle while towing? My idea: Capture output to dash warning light, hard wire thru trailer plug to relay in towing vehicle to warning buzzer. Where in Taurus is unit that receives the signal from the TPMS sensors on the wheels? Is this feasible or so I just need to go to aftermarket TPMS system? I prefer to use existing TPMS due to cost and reliability issues.

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  • Sam Hoffman Jul 31, 2010

    Would still like to explore the possibility of using the existing TPMS with advice from someone familiar with the system.

  • Sam Hoffman Jul 31, 2010

    Any Ford techs. out there that know the TPMS system on the Taurus well enough to advise me on using it's TPMS for above monitoring?

  • Sam Hoffman Aug 01, 2010

    I'm still hoping for info. on where the unit is that receives the signal from the in-tire sensors and powers on the warning light on the dash. To make this work I'd need to power that unit from the tow vehicle while towing or risk depleting the battery in the Taurus while towing in winter Montana temps. I've gotten no help from 2 different Ford shops.

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Biggest problems that you have is
1.) your tire pressure system is now all wireless
2.) the rf signals are monitored by the instrument cluster computer which must be "on" to monitor which means your car would have to be on while towing which will cause all kinds of additional problems

contact Ford directly to see if they have a fix for this concern... I know all the OEM's have had the problem and always lay the blame on the RV company

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Hello Sam. Yes you can capture the signal. Just look in the yellow pages for an autoelectric repair shop nearby. They have the diagnostic tools and know how to hook u up pronto. J.

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Why not go with an aftermarket tpms that monitors all of your tires, on the 2008 Taurus and the medical motor coach?

http://aftermarkettpms.com/

Otherwise, if you use the wheel speed sensors on the Taurus, and have it wired into the dash warning light and make it run a buzzer, then that's too complicated and might not be good for the warranty on your 2008 Taurus.

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This sure sounds cool but I would be a bit hesitant to wire into the circiut as any spikes in the systems circuitry can creat havoc on the BCM and other components .
Experiment with and after market system may be costly with hard to tell positive results, perhaps it would be better to flat bed tow the vehicle thus saving your car from all the wear and tear of tires on the ground besides it being 100% safer to do so at speeds of up to the speed zone limits on todays freeways.
I had a tow tariler and I had also used a flat bed tow rig, like day and night much easier with flat bed and a lot better on your nerves and pocket book, use the $1300.00 bill as reference, as unfortunate as it seems it is reality.

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  • JOHN DAVIDSON Aug 01, 2010

    Most shops won't tread in these areas as they are afraid of liabilty in the event the system fails and creats havoc in another area of the BCM, or electrical flare up while driving not to mebntion once a system is hacked into it voids any possible warrantees that may have been present prior to the mod.

    I am not one to revamp systems like this as I have had too many bad experiences from doing so, and my thoughts are others have too that is why it is difficult finding someone to step up to the plate and redisgn the factory system.

    Good luck, and remember....

    "If life is considered short.... then waiting for something may be a good thing." :)

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