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Ford TPMS

TPMS or Tire Pressure Monitoring System is fitted to Ford cars to provide a warning of low pressure on any one of four or five tires on the vehicle (five if TPMS fitted in spare). A TPMS from one of three manufacturers is fitted as part of the valve assembly in all Ford cars according to the table shown below. The sensor measures the pressure and temperature in the tire and transmits this data along with the unique ID of the TPMS to the tire pressure monitor ECU/receiver. If the TPMS ID is logged with the SJB then it is compared with the placard pressure and if under pressure then a warning light is lit on the dash mounted display.

Ford TPMS types and Fitment

The manufacturers of the Ford TPMS are Schrader Electronics, VDO and Lear. VDO and Lear manufactured the banded sensor whilst Schrader manufacture the valve stem TPMS. The Ford Model range utilising TPMS technology includes the following brands:

  • Ford Crown Victoria, Edge, Escape, Expedition, Explorer, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 TPMS Sensors
  • Five Hundred, Focus, Freestar, Fusion, Grand Marquis, Mustang, Ranger, Sport Trac Taurus, Taurus X - TPMS Sensors
  • Lincoln Aviator, Mark LT, MKX, MKZ, Navigator, Town Car - TPMS Sensors
  • Mercury Grand Marquis, Mariner, Milan, Montego, Monterey, Mountaineer - TPMS Sensors
  • Mazda 3, 5, 6, B-series pickup, CX-7, CX-9, MX-5 Miata, RX-8, Speed 6, Tribute - TPMS Sensors
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The tables below show which models they are fitted to.
Grey indicates either no TPMS, it was indirect TPMS, or the model was discontinued.

Ford
Model Year
2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Bronco Ford-PAL Ford-PAL
C-Max Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Crown
Victoria
Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
E-150 Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
E-250 Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
E-350
SD
Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
E-450
SD
Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Ecosport Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std
Edge Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Escape Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
E-Series Ford-std
Exp Sport
Trac
Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Expedition Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Schrader Schrader Schrader Schrader
Explorer Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Schrader Schrader Schrader Schrader Schrader
F-150 Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
F-150 Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
F-250 SD Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
F-350 SD Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
F-350 SD DRW Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL
F-350 SD SRW Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
F-450 DRW Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL
F-450 SRW Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Fiesta Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Fiesta ST Ford-std
Five hundred Ford-std Ford-std
Flex Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Focus Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Focus RS Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Focus ST Ford-std
Freestar Ford-std Ford-std Schrader Schrader
Freestyle Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Fusion Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Fusion
Police
Responder
Ford-PAL Ford-PAL
Grand
Marquis
Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
GT Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL
Interceptor
Crown
Vic
Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Interceptor
Explorer
Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Interceptor
Taurus
Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Interceptor
Taurus
Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Mustang Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Mustang
Mach-E
Ford-PAL Ford-PAL
Ranger Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Shelby
GT500
Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Taurus Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Taurus X Ford-std Ford-std
Transit Cargo
& Wagon
Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Transit Connect Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-PAL Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Windstar Indirect Indirect
Mercury
Model Year
2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Grand
Marquis
Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Mariner Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Milan Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
Montego Ford-std Ford-std
Monterey Ford-std Ford-std Schrader Schrader
Mountaineer Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Schrader Schrader Schrader Schrader
Sable Ford-std Ford-std
Mazda
Model Year
B series
LCV
Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
BT Pickup Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std
BT50
Pickup
Ford-std Ford-std
CX-3 VDO VDO VDO VDO
CX-30 VDO VDO
CX-5 VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO
CX-7 VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO
CX-9 VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO
Mazda 2 Huf Huf Huf VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO
Mazda 3 VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO
Mazda 5 VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO
Mazda 6 VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO
MX-5 Miata VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO
RX-8 VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO
Speed 3 VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO VDO
Speed 6 VDO VDO
Tribute Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std Ford-std

TPMS Ford Fault Diagnosis

TPMS replacement is called for when the TPMS fails due to mechanical or electrical failure, broken accelerometer, low TPMS battery power or blocked pressure port. One of the most common causes of failure is inappropriate handling during wheel or tire removal or servicing. The TPMS is an electronic component fitted as part of a heavyweight mechanical process.

Before attempting to replace a Ford TPMS we advise the use of one our Bartec TPMS tools to establish the need for replacement and the nature of the fault. This may support a warranty claim but will also ensure that the dealer or tire shop is covered for liability claims. The legal position is that as soon as the dealer breaks down the wheel then he becomes liable and cannot allow the car to be driven away from his shop with the TPMS warning light still on. Many dealers have found that customers will not accept the costs for repair and may attribute any breakage to the dealer if there is no audit trail.

TPMS Ford Service Guide

The Bartec Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Guide contains comprehensive information on the mechanical and electrical procedure for TPMS replacement for all makes/models/year types going back to the year of their introduction including:

  • TPMS Service Requirements
  • Special tools reference guide

Model articles referencing all makes/models/years and including:

  • Description and operation of vehicle TPMS system
  • Warning indicator reset procedure
  • System Retrain/Relearn procedure
  • Dismounting/mounting cautions & Notes
  • Tire Pressure Sensor Replacement procedure
  • Wheel Nut torques
  • Tire Pressure Sensor Nut torques

Ford TPMS Tool Training

Bartec are world leaders in the implementation of TPMS systems for the wheel and tire assembly plant and the car plant with over 70 installations worldwide.

As a result of this activity the company also leads the aftermarket with the most comprehensive range of TPMS dealer tools for the dealer, the tire shop and even the end user.

The market desperately needs information and training on TPMS, diagnosing faults and repairing/replacing, TPMS tools and support. Bartec has sought to answer some of the many questions by putting together a series of training videos which can be viewed by visiting www.bartecusa.com

Ford TPMS Replacement

If a sensor proves faulty or is damaged then it will need to be replaced. This requires a new sensor to be fitted and the ECU to be reprogrammed with its unique ID and its position on the vehicle. The procedures for all vehicles are illustrated in the Bartec 'Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Guide' which shows service requirements, reset procedures, dismounting/mounting instructions, torque specifications etc for all makes/models and years.

The technician should always: refer to manufacturer's specifications for proper torque requirements when replacing nuts and valve cores; use new grommets, nuts, plastic or nickel-plated valve caps and electro-less, nickel-plated valve cores when performing any tire service; never use a brass valve core or un-plated brass cap with an aluminum TPMS sensor stem. Contact between dissimilar metals can cause galvanic corrosion, which can lead to loss of air pressure.

Bartec tools offer the capability to carry out a TPMS audit of the car and then show the customer the audit results from the screen or download them to a PC and print the audit results to show to the customer so that a cost can be agreed and the go ahead given before work commences. It is important to have a tool which can distinguish the correct TPMS in order to avoid picking up the transmission of other TPMS sensors, key fobs etc. It is important to limit your liability for any problems which occur.

The TPMS tool should be able to decode the transmission from the sensor and display the data. This will enable the technician to establish if the sensor has failed or is not fitted, whether the pressure port on the sensor is blocked, where the part is running at too high a temperature and other diagnostic information which might be included in the specific sensor (e.g. if there is a low battery condition on the TPMS).

The direct TPMS will be attached to the back of the tire valve.

Your vehicle may have banded sensors (banded to the wheel) which are manufactured by VDO and Lear or stemmed sensors manufactured by Schrader. If you have banded sensors then the TPMS tool needs to be held on the tire at 180 degrees to the valve stem before activation. If the TPMS is mounted on the back of the valve stem then the TPMS tool will need to be held on the tire adjacent to the valve stem before activation.

If you get a no read on a banded sensor this may be because it has slipped on the band so you will need to retry at other positions before concluding the sensor is faulty.

Contact Your TPMS Tool Dealer

Customers have told us our help desk guys are the best because of their wealth of information and experience; that they care about helping; and that they try that bit harder to sort out problems.

When you buy a Tech600Pro TPMS tool you get a free copy of the Bartec 'Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Guide' and also gain access to the Bartec TPMS technical support for advice on replacement of TPMS and the use of TPMS tools on all vehicles not just Ford.

The team has a wealth of experience with TPMS. These guys have worked in the car plants and also in the aftermarket solving the problems you are addressing.

Please browse our website for more information about Bartec USA LLC and our range of Ford TPMS Tools and our professional support for Ford Tire Pressure Monitor Sensors, then call toll free (866) 407-TPMS and speak to one of our team or e-mail us on sales@bartecusa.com.

Frequently Asked Ford TPMS Questions

A programmable sensor such as the Ritesensor is the best option for the Ford range as the F-150 has been fitted with OE sensors from Lear between 2006 and 2018, Schrader from 2009 to 2022 and with a variety of OE sensors inside each manufacturer, so it is very easy to fit the wrong replacement sensor as they all have different specifications. A tool such as a TECH600Pro will identify the correct specification of part and program a sensor, such as Ritesensor, to replace ensuring correct functionality.
A programmable sensor such as the Ritesensor is the best option for the Ford range as the F-250 has been fitted with OE sensors from Lear between 2007 and 2010 before being substituted by various Schrader parts between 2010 and 2022. It is very easy to fit the wrong replacement sensor as they all have different specifications. A tool such as a TECH600Pro will identify the correct specification of part and program a replacement sensor such as Ritesensor to replicate the correct functionality.
A programmable sensor such as the Ritesensor is the best option for the Ford range as the F-350 has been fitted with OE sensors from Lear between 2007 and 2010 before replacement with various Schrader parts between 2010 and 2022. It is very easy to fit the wrong replacement sensor as they all have different specifications, particularly with Dually options. A tool such as a TECH600Pro will identify the correct specification of part for your MMY and program a sensor such as Ritesensor to replace ensuring correct functionality.
A programmable sensor such as the Ritesensor is the best option for the Ford range as the Fusion has been fitted with OE sensors from Lear between 2007 and 2010 before replacement with various Schrader parts between 2010 and 2022. It is very easy to fit the wrong replacement sensor as they all have different specifications. A tool such as a TECH600Pro will identify the correct specification of part for your MMY and program a sensor such as Ritesensor to replace ensuring correct functionality.
To carry out a TPMS repair on the Ford range of vehicles you need one which can diagnose a fault by activating each sensor in turn at LF and identifying which sensor is causing the warning light to come on. You then need the same tool to program a programmable TPMS sensor such as the Ritesensor with the correct specification of sensor and relearn the vehicle ECU and turn out the warning light. The TECH600Pro has all of these attributes and is fast and easy to learn.
The tool needs to be able to identify the correct relearn or reset process and apply it. It should be capable of automatic relearn and should also have the manual relearn on the tool. The process termed RiteSync combines the relearn and programming steps and also turns out the warning light thereby reducing the time and simplifying the steps required to do a TPMS repair.

It is important to have access to a TECH600Pro tool which is able to diagnose Ford TPMS issues and also interface to the vehicle OBDII/CANbus to communicate with the vehicle Engine Control Unit (ECU) and download the TPMS IDs and their wheel locations. As an example, the TECH600Pro relearn process is as follows for the Ford Fusion:

OBD Connect
Inflate tires to Placard
Read all sensor IDs using tool
Connect tool to OBDII port

Tool will prompt you to ensure the key is on/engine off. Following the prompts, continue through the process until tool indicates relearn successful. If light does not go off, verify sensor modes are correct.

The tool displays the OE part number for the TPMS sensor to ensure the correct specification of replacement part is programmed.

A TECH600Pro tool is also capable of displaying any other methods for relearning TPMS sensors, such as drive relearn, or stationary relearn, where applicable. These methods can vary greatly, so it’s important to have a tool that will give you the correct information.