This topic has a million threads all over the internet by many different people with many different cars. Ever since it became law in 2008, the TPMS has been pissing people off ever since. I didn't spend almost $60k to buy 2 brand new Subarus just to put electrical tape on the instrument cluster. As it turns out, that is still the cheapest way to get around the "2 sets of wheels and tires" TPMS problem. The way I see it, there are options, but none of them as easy as electrical tape.
1. Go to the Subaru dealer and pay $50 on average. My dealer charges $26, but I've heard some as high as $80.
2. You can buy the same tool the Subaru techs use for around $1500.
3. You can try the ATEQ Quickset tool. TPMS Reset Tool - ATEQ QuickSet
. It's approx $150 and I've only read one story from someone that got it to work.
4. Buy a second TPMS computer and get it programmed for the second set of sensors and just change out the computer every time. No word on the cost of doing this.
5. Make a "bomb", that is a can that is big enough to hold 4 sensors and air tight. Then fill it up with air to pressurize and keep in the trunk. I've read this may or may not work since most people think the sensors have to be rotating.
6. Pull the instrument pod out and pull the bulb for the TPMS sensor. This may be to drastic for some and may have legal implications should you sell or trade the car.
7. Just live with the light on.
8. Spend the $.79 for a roll of electrical tape and only have to use it for the winter months.