2013 Honda Accord Sport Long-Term Update 5
When I decided to sample a set of OE-size (8 x 18-in) aftermarket wheels for the Accord Sport, I went online to buy a set of TPMS sensors. After about 30 minutes of searching to no avail, I began to wonder: How is it possible that no one carries a common part for one of the bestselling cars in the country? So, I emailed Honda, detailed my plight, and begged for a set of sensors. Surprise, surprise, Honda HQ didn't have any either. But, as my PR contact informed me, there was a sensible explanation:
"The Parts Catalog isn't missing the TPMS sensors. We went to a new system to detect tire deflation using the VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) wheel speed sensors. It's called 'Indirect TPMS.' So, the good news is that you don't need to worry about the sensors on the new wheels. Just follow this calibration procedure when you've got the new wheels/tires in place."
And, in case you're wondering, here's that simple procedure:
1. Make sure the tire pressure is properly adjusted to the specified tire pressure listed on the doorjamb label before doing the TPMS calibration.
2. The calibration begins when TPMS is selected through the Multi-information display.
3. The calibration is completed after driving in an ideal driving condition (31 to 62 mph, steadily without much acceleration or deceleration) for about 18 minutes.
Step 2 is an easy four-step process that requires 1) pressing the Settings button on the center stack, 2) spinning the Select knob to Vehicle Settings, 3) selecting TPMS Calibration, and 4) selecting Calibrate. No fussing with pricey in-wheel sensors. If you like the idea of swapping wheels/tires, especially if you're dealing with the annual ordeal of putting on winter tires, the Accord's TPMS approach is a welcome one.
Unlike most sedans in its segment, the Accord Sport is available with a manual transmission. Our long-termer obviously has the CVT, which boasts slightly higher fuel economy of 26/35 city/highway versus 24/34, but I've driven the six-speed manual in the Accord Coupe four-cylinder, and it's a stellar gearbox. So, if you like shifting, and feel that a Sport badge requires a manual, the Accord's got you covered.
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