TPMS Service

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TPMS Service

 

Does this light look familiar? This light is part of your Tire Pressure Monitor System also known as TPMS system. It is required that every new car from 2008 on be fitted with TPMS systems. What a TPMS system does is constantly monitor the tire pressures in all 4 tires(and in some vehicles the spare) by reading the sensors located in your tires. You’re type of vehicle depends on the type of TPMS you have. Mostly cars either have a regular rubber valve that either connects to a sensor, a regular rubber valve with no sensor (this type of system reads tire pressure by looking at the ABS values as your tires roll) or sensor that looks like this:

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There is also the famous Ford Band Sensors but we wont get into that.  When that light comes on 1 of 3 things is happening:

  1. You tire pressures are low in one or more tires
  2. There is a problem with the TPMS system
  3. You have a new sensor in the car that hasn’t yet been “learned”

Low tire pressure is (usually) easy enough to fix but with some systems it can be a bit of a hassle. With a lot of systems all you have to do is fill the tires to the correct air pressure and drive. Through driving the TPMS system will reset and the light will go out. With systems like the ones in Chevrolet you have to manually reset the TPMS system which can be done by either taking it to a Chevrolet dealership or any automotive/tire shop that offers the TPMS service or resetting it yourself(check your owners manual for the required steps). DK Tires & Service offers this  TPMS service for $20.

What if the light comes on but the tire pressures are all set correctly?

If that happens there is a problem somewhere in the TPMS system and 99% its a broken or “dead” sensor. A broken sensor is the result of either and impact to the tire or the technician who put your new tires on was careless, not paying attention and broke it. It is quite simple to crack/break the sensors if the person changing the tires is not paying attention or isn’t trained properly. But there is also the issue of a “dead sensor”. A TPMS sensor is powered by little batteries. These batteries aren’t replaceable so when the battery dies you need a whole new sensor. It seems as though most sensors have a shelf life of about 3-5 years.

I bought a new sensor and had it put in but the light is still on, why?

When you replace a sensor they usually have to be “learned” before the system can actually recognize that it’s there. There are some systems where you can just put the new one in and drive but most that we come across aren’t so simple. An easy way to put it is to say that your car stopped seeing a certain sensor because it was broken or dead so it’s used to to getting a signal from that wheel postilion. When you put in a new sensor the system still thinks that sensor is broken or dead because the old one(when it word) gave off a certain signal. The new sensor you replaced it with hasn’t been programmed to emit that signal yet. A special tool/machine is needed to program those sensors. That’s why DK Tires & Service offers TPMS service, because customer satisfaction is our number one concern.

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