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Hello All,

I think my local shop broke my tire valve stem during a tire rotation, so I need a new TPMS unit. The shop offered to provide the labor, but I have to provide the TPMS unit. I purchased one online, but now they are telling me the dealer needs to program it.

My question is: Do I need to get the used replacement unit re-programmed by the dealer, or can I use use the auto registration procedure? :

Perform Wheel Unit Auto Registration:
Turn ignition on.
Turn ignition off.
Leave vehicle with engine off for more than 15 minutes.
Drive each vehicle over 25 km/h (16 mph) for more than 10 minutes to register the new ID codes.

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Well, I received no reply but here's an update so people can use this for reference.

A local shop offered to program the TPMS for $55. What did they do? They installed the unit in the wheel, and took my car out for a 15 minute drive (which is what they called 'programming')'. So I guess that answers the question: an OEM TPMS unit can be purchased online, installed in a Mazda3, and following the above procedure it will register with the car.

The 'programming' for the Mazda3 is a total scam, but they won't tell you that.
 
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