Featured TPMS Tip: 2011-2016 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator

Mitchell 1 provides TPMS information to Modern Tire Dealer, an award-winning publication that writes editorial content geared to independent tire dealers. We’re sharing this content in our blog, with a link to the Modern Tire Dealer website where you can read the article in full. The TPMS information in this article may also be accessed in the reset procedures tab in our ProDemand® auto repair information software, along with other important reset procedure data for the selected vehicle.

TPMS information Ford Expedition

TPMS information for Ford Expedition 2011-2016 model years is  included in ProDemand. Photo from MTD Magazine.

SUBJECT VEHICLES: Ford Expedition 2011-16; Ford Expedition EL 2011-12; Lincoln Navigator 2011-16 and Lincoln Navigator L 2011-12.


SPECIAL TOOLS NEEDED? A TPMS activation tool (204-363) must be used.

The tire pressure monitor system (TPMS) monitors the air pressure in the four road tires with wheel-mounted tire pressure sensors. The sensors transmit radio frequency signals to the smart junction box (SJB) approximately every 60 seconds when the vehicle speed exceeds 20 mph (32 km/h). If the vehicle is stationary for more than 30 minutes, the sensor will enter into a “sleep mode” and stop transmitting.

Each tire pressure sensor transmission is compared against a low-pressure limit (pressure listed on the vehicle certification label minus 25%, which will be about 6 psi to 9 psi). If it is determined that the tire pressure has fallen below this limit, the SJB sends a message to the instrument cluster, which then illuminates the low pressure warning indicator and displays the appropriate message(s) in the message center (if equipped).

All tire pressure sensors are battery-operated. The sensors are attached to the portion of the valve stem located inside the wheel with a T10 Torx screw. Under the following conditions, the TPMS may not function properly:

  • Low tire pressure.
  • Tire pressure sensor is missing or damaged.
  • Spare tire is installed as a road wheel.
  • Incorrect tire pressure sensor is installed.
  • Tire pressure sensor is installed incorrectly.
  • Non-OEM wheels are installed (aftermarket rims).
  • Non-OEM-equipped run-flat tires installed.
  • Other non-OEM modifications (roll cages, service barriers, part racks, ladder racks, etc.)

Continue reading this article in Modern Tire Dealer: https://www.moderntiredealer.com/article/721614/tpms-2011-2016-ford-expedition-lincoln-navigator

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Gary Hixson

Gary Hixson is a Sr. Market Manager at Mitchell 1, and is responsible for product and market management of the Repair Information product line. Most recently he managed the release of ProDemand™, the industry-leading repair, diagnostic and maintenance information system.