Awesome solution Fred (Dr. Dyno)! After using the black tape on instrument cluster solution for a few years, I am happy to use the 3.3 k resistor solution.All I did was disconnect the plug (actually a socket) from the TPMS ECU and connect a 3.3K 1/4W resistor from the blue (battery voltage) wire to the pink wire.
Haven't seen photos of the fix, so took a couple while I was at it.
Photo #1: To get at the TPMS ECU, lower the glove box out of the way by pressing inward on both sides of the glove box.
Photo #2: Insert the 3.3 k resistor into the loose (female) end of the TPMS connector to link the blue and pink wires ...
I just left the connector hanging (as in the photos) and re-installed the glove box. You could put a piece of electrical tape over the resistor to make sure it doesn't go anywhere. The voltages/currents are so small (see below) that I'm not really worried about it making contact with anything else.
On a side note, was curious if the 1/4 W resistor was sufficient. The voltage drop across the resistor (from 12 V to 5V) is about 7 V, which means the 3.3 k-ohm resistor has about 2 mA current running through it and a power loss of about 14 mW (i.e., 0.014 W). So, certainly no worries about the 1/4 W resistor being insufficient!
[Note: I had linked photos from my Album, but they seem to have a habit of disappearing if I do so. Have now inserted the photos as attachments below. Seems like you need to be logged in to view the attachments.]
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