Re: 2017 Fusion Hybrid Titanium. Question: Can I use 2016 Fusion Titanium wheels on my 2017 Fusion Titanium hybrid without changing the TPMS sensors?
I assumed the 2016 wheels would be fine, so I mounted a set of winter tires on the 2016 wheels and have them on my 2017. They did work fine for a few weeks until we were driving in a drenching rain, and the TPMS system failure warning light came on.
I did a visual inspection of all four wheels and saw nothing obvious (wheel pressure showed a black on the display). We were close to a store where we bought the tires, so we stopped. They confirmed that tire pressure in all four wheels was up to snuff and then tried to reset the TPMS, but it didn't reset.
Ultimately, they concluded that the 2016 sensors are incompatible for the 2017 Fusion, and that I needed to replace the 2016 sensors with 2017 sensors. This was based on different FMCO part numbers on the 2016 and 2017. I've subsequently confirmed with a dealer parts dept. that the numbers are different and that this normally means the parts are not interchangeable, but they weren't sure.
I have been driving the car for a 5 days in continued wet weather with the TPMS system failure light coming on, but no change in tire pressure or any other problems. Then, the TPMS system mysteriously began to work again when the weather cleared, and continues to work.
Any thoughts on this? I admit, I don't want to spend the money on new sensors if I don't need them. I included the detail about the weather on the thought that maybe this is a weather-related problem.
This is my second Fusion hybrid (first was a 2103) and one thing I've found is that with these high tech cars, the old rules don't necessarily apply, such as 2016 wheels should be the same as 2017 wheels.