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Hi! My friend who travel to work with me told me that his Honda CRV 2008 absolutly need to have Pressure Sensors in his wheels because if the TPMS is in alarm, the Vehicle Stability Control wil turn OFF. If there is a time when you need it it is during winter time.

Any of you knows if this the same for the Highlander? Thanks.
 

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I believe that the TPMS is a separate system and does not affect VSC. There is an indicator on your panel if VSC is off.
 

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I found the Honda CRV owner's manual on the Web and it is the opposite. If you have a low pressure in a tire or the TPMS is not working properly, Then the Vehicle Stability Control will turn (or stay) ON. You will not be able to turn it OFF.

The Honda dealer told the exact opposite to my friend to make him buy a set of 4 Rims and 4 Pressure sensors. What a shame!!! :thumbdown

I have read the Highlander 2008 user manual and there is no mention that a defect in the TPMS or a Low Pressure on a tire will disable the Vehicle Stability Control. :thumbup:
 

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Do any of you have experienced if the Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control will be blocked to ON if there is a TPMS alarm?

My winter tires will not have the Tire Pressure Sensors on them and I want to make sure that if I get stuck in a snow bank I can turn OFF the VSC an Traction Control to make sure i will not loose power to the wheels trying to get out of it..

Thank you very much for any input.
 

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I turn off the TRAC/VSC when I take mine off-road and air-down the tires. The pressure sensor comes on, but has no effect on the TRAC/VSC. That was one of the questions I asked at Toyota before buying the vehicle, and if it had overridden the TRAC/VSC I would not have bought the vehicle as I need to air-down at times. Anyway, it works okay. Please note: Turn off the VSC/TRAC system at your own risk; furthermore my recommendation to do so was/is based on Toyota’s instructions to do so as illustrated and written in Chapter 2-4, pages 209-218 of your owners manual.


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Thanks for the very precise answer TrailDust. I can buy my Winter tires and Rims with confidence now. Hoping that winter will not come too soon because we almost did not have any summer (Always raining since May).:thumbsup:

I don't know for the Honda Pilot but if Honda did the same as for the CRV, then Toyota has a clear advantage with the way they chose to manage having no Tire Pressure sensors on Steel Rims. :clap:
 
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