The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is a system that monitors the air pressure and temperature of the tires on your car. The TPMS system uses sensors to monitor tire pressure. If the pressure falls below a certain level, it will alert you using either a warning light or a beeping sound.
There are instances when your TPMS could malfunction. There are several possible causes of TPMS malfunction. These include the sensor being dislodged from its place due to an accident, the TPMS sensor battery needing replacement or the TPMS sensor itself being damaged. In most of these cases, the solution is to replace the TPMS sensor. In this article, we will talk about TPMS sensor replacement.
History of TPMS
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is a safety feature that was first introduced globally in 2008. In Ireland and the UK, every vehicle has been required to have TPMS as a standard feature since late 2014 and the start of 2015 respectively. The TPMS system monitors the air pressure of each tire and warns drivers if there is an issue with any of them, allowing for quick action before an accident occurs. Since its introduction, all new vehicles must have TPMS installed.
TPMS Sensors Are Vehicle-Specific
You may be wondering what the different types of TPMS sensors are. There are different kinds of TPMS sensors and there would definitely be one that would be compatible with your vehicle. If you search online, there are TPMS sensors for every make and model. You can also check with your trusted autoshop or mechanic if there’s any specific brand or type of TPMS sensor they recommend. Note that if you use an incompatible TPMS sensor, it will not function properly.
TPMS Sensor Replacement Process
So how do you replace a malfunctioning TPMS Sensor? We can break them down into a few steps:
- First, remove the tire and wheel from the vehicle.
- Then, remove the valve stem.
- After removing the valve stem, remove the sensor. Take note that some sensors are not reusable, so be sure to check before doing this step
- Next, install a new sensor onto your wheel/tire assembly with an a compressor device and using an appropriate torque wrench to ensure proper installation
- Finally, reassemble your tire and wheel
The process for replacing a TPMS sensor may sound simple and straightforward. However, it might be tougher than it sounds. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, then it’s best to get the help of your trusted auto repair shop.
You can expect the TPMS to work correctly after replacing a sensor. The sensors are designed to last the life of the vehicle, but they are not expected to last forever. If you notice that one or more sensors are not working correctly and need replacement, it is recommended that you have them replaced by an expert technician at your local repair shop.
If your primary reason for replacing your TPMS sensors is because you want the TPMS warning light to turn off, then there’s actually a more convenient alternative. Instead of replacing the TPMS sensor, you can bypass the TPMS system instead! With a TPMS Bypass Emulation System, the warning light would turn off without needing to replace your TPMS sensors.
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