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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 22-Jul-2019, 01:59 PM (791) Thread Starter
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Unhappy RDC tire pressure sensor battery

My apologies if this is posted elsewhere.

My display is showing an RDC warning, which turns out to be
a low battery in one of the tire pressure sensors.

I called the local BMW stealership, and they quoted, ready? $900 US.

What the hell? Really?

What are my alternatives (I don't want to have to pay for reprogramming the TPS).

Thanks.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 22-Jul-2019, 02:31 PM (813)
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You can get one on eBay for $150. depending on year and cast or spoke rims. I suggest getting two as the battery on the other should be low as well.

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Thanks Rick.

Will I need to get the sensors "programmed" to the ECU (I'm sure BMW charges a lot for it)?
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I called the local BMW stealership, and they quoted, ready? $900 US.
Holy hell... for that price I'd get rid of the damn things. They don't read true and serve only to warn you of a 'medium' speed leak (since a slow leak will be detected through regular checking and a fast leak will be detected by, well, a tire without air!)

Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.
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Thanks Rick.

Will I need to get the sensors "programmed" to the ECU (I'm sure BMW charges a lot for it)?
The guys on the 1600 forum say just install them and ride. They will come to life in just a few miles. Read the entire link.
https://www.k1600forum.com/forum/bmw...s-linking.html

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If you buy new modules, and install them on your own - it should be about 1/3 of that quoted price. Even at probably $90/hour labor, maybe a 2 hour job or less at the dealer. Can’t believe that $900 estimate. That said - I have a 2017 model (born on 9/2016) and in service late March (03/2017). At about 27 months (28K miles) from the day I picked up the bike - the RDCs started losing signal intermittently. I was able to get them replaced under warranty for free. Is your bike still under warranty?

On the programming - I’ve done that programming using a GS-911 tool and a Surface Pro. I don’t think you can just ride off and the bike will pair with them. Either you or the dealer would need to program them. You need to take note of their ID numbers before you put your tires back on the rim - so you can inform the GS-911.
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Mine came back to life.

My rear unit stopped working, and the alarm was on, on the instrument panel.
I ordered a new one, which was about AU$150. I was waiting until i fitted a new rear tyre before fitting it, which is a very simple procedure.

After about 6 weeks, it started working again, and has been working fine for the last 9 months.
This is the original unit on 2010 GS.

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2007 R1200GS. 34000 km.
current bike. 2010 R1200GS. 83000 km and going as good as new.
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In addition to the above advice, there are videos online showing battery replacement as a DIY project.
here is one
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Thanks all.

I may wait until I have to replace tires then muddle around with the stupid sensor.
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