Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems
All new vehicles come equipped with a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Our extensive range of TPMS tools and sensors allow you to efficiently service, diagnose and repair these systems, saving you hassle and keeping your customers’ cars safe and roadworthy. Learn more and discover the full range below.View Our TPMS Products What is TPMS?
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Our product range includes everything you need to maintain and repair TPMS systems from a whole host of different manufacturers. We offer a range of TPMS reset tools and replacement sensors, all of which are available with UK-wide next-day delivery. All of our products are supplied by Bartec Auto ID of Barnsley – the UK’s leading manufacturer.
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What is a TPMS?TPMS stands for ‘Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.’ This is a special type of electronic tyre valve designed to monitor the air pressure inside all of a vehicle’s tyres.
The real-time tyre pressure data collected by the TPMS equipment is wirelessly sent to the vehicle display to report to the driver that the tyres are properly inflated (or to alert when the tyre pressures are too low or too high).
Garages can also connect to the TPMS sensor on customers’ vehicles to check tyre pressures before or after replacing or inflating tyres. This step will often be taken after tyre replacement, balancing or prior to carrying out a wheel alignment.
Since November 2012, all new class M1 passenger vehicles (those under 3.5 tonnes and with up to 8 seats) must be fitted with TPMS as standard. From November 2014, all new passenger vehicles must be, by law, factory fitted with TPMS. Cars registered after January 2012 must have TPMS functioning to pass their MOT.
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What are the Types of TPMS?Although there are hundreds of different TPMS systems out there, each design generally fits into one of two categories: indirect and direct. Here are the differences between the two.
Indirect TPMS Systems:
Direct TPMS System
|Indirect TPMS systems use the ABS sensors on the vehicle. Tyre pressure isn’t directly measured, but is calculated by assessing the rotational speeds of each tyre.||Here the sensor is fitted in each wheel, attached to the bottom of the valves. The vehicle’s ECU will get data directly from each individual sensor.|
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Related TPMS InformationBefore you begin working on TPMS-equipped vehicles, it’s important to understand the benefits of servicing, how to carry out a service and when the relearn procedure is required. We’ve outlined the essential information below.
TPMS Relearn Procedures
|There are a number of benefits to servicing a TPMS system. |
When servicing TPMS, you need to make sure that rubber TPMS valves are completely replaced. Metal TPMS valves are different, as you instead need to replace the serviceable parts. We recommend threading every screw or nut by hand at first to avoid cross threading.
|When a TPMS sensor is replaced, the vehicle’s ECU has to undergo a ‘relearn’ procedure. |
If this step is skipped, the system won’t function correctly, and your work replacing the sensor will have been wasted!
Typically, the relearn procedure should be carried out every time a sensor is replaced or when the position of the vehicle’s wheels has changed. In other words, if you carry out a wheel alignment on the vehicle, you may have to perform the relearn procedure afterwards.
There are three types of TPMS relearn, which are: