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2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

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I just purchased a 2011 Honda Odyssey with a tire pressure monitoring system and had winter tires installed on steel rims with new TPMS valves. According to one Honda service department, the vehicle computer is able to keep in memory the information for two sets of wheels/tires (winter and summer). Therefore, it will not be required to have the TPMS reprogrammed every time I change my tire (spring or fall). A second Honda service department is telling me that the TPMS information needs to be re-entered every time I change my wheels. Who is correct? – Jacques

I'd side with the second dealer, and so do the folks at Honda Canada who say "all four tire pressure sensor IDs must be memorized to the TPMS control unit whenever you do any of these actions":

- Replace the TPMS control unit.

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- Replace the tire pressure sensor.

- Substitute a known good wheel with tire pressure sensor.

Honda says putting on a set of winter wheels/tires/sensor assemblies is the same as "replacing the tire pressure sensor" so the sensor IDs have to be memorized each time the wheels/tires/sensor assemblies are replaced."

Honda says it does not have a system in any of its vehicles that can memorize the code or data from more than one set of sensors.

Halifax-based Richard Russell runs a driving school.

Send your automotive maintenance and repair questions to Globe Drive experts at globedrive@globeandmail.com

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