Do I have to buy new tires from the dealership?

John Paul, AAA Northeast's Car Doctor, answers a question from a reader with a concern about buying new tires for his Accord.

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Q. The owner’s manual for my 2014 Honda Accord implies that I need to get any new tires at a Honda dealership or else the tire pressure warning system won’t work. Is this true or just a marketing ploy? Is it necessary to replace the valves and transmitters when changing the tire? Can tire dealers perform the steps needed to register the new valves and transmitters?

A. You can purchase tires anywhere for your Honda Accord. The tire pressure warning systems won’t need to be reprogrammed if the wheels are put back in the same location. If the tires are not put back in the same location, nearly every tire store and many general service shops have tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) programming tools. Regarding the life of a TPMS sensor, most will last seven to 10 years. I would expect the sensors in your vehicle to last through the next set of tires before the batteries that power the sensors fail.

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John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. Email your car question to jpaul@aaanortheast.com.