An essential part of safe driving is to ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy, which includes your tires being in excellent condition. A slight rise or fall in tire pressure combined with external elements like weather can easily turn into a disaster waiting to happen if you’re not careful.
This is where a TPMS programming tool comes into play. This device allows you to check and maintain your car tires properly from your own home.
What Does a TPMS Programming Tool Do?
First, let’s talk about the function of TPMS sensors or transponders. These are electronic devices that enable you to measure and monitor the air pressure of your vehicle’s tires. They allow you to compare your current tire pressure with manufacturer requirements.
Meanwhile, a TPMS programming tool lets you configure a TPMS sensor to fit the vehicle’s specifications. They can also provide diagnostic data about your tire pressure for in-depth analysis.
Using a TPMS programming tool is necessary each time you change your sensors. The replacements come blank, so you need to program them to match your vehicle’s sensor application specifications.
If you fail to program the sensors, you can expect the TPMS light to illuminate. The light is supposedly a warning that you have an underinflated or overinflated tire. However, in this case, it is illuminated not due to a tire pressure issue but because the sensors are not programmed.
Simply put, not programming your sensors can result in your TPMS malfunctioning. The only way to get accurate readings and turn off the annoying and distracting warning light is to program the sensors. Alternatively, some vehicle owners choose to disable their tire pressure monitoring system using a TPMS bypass emulator to avoid pesky TPMS-issues like this.
Important Facts About a TPMS Programming Tool
TPMS sensors are not compatible with every TPMS programming tool. This is because sensor application requirements vary depending on the vehicle’s make, model and year.
You need a device that is compatible with your sensor to complete this task. Without the right programming tool, it’s impossible to configure a TPMS sensor.
It is best to test the TPMS programming tool on the sensors already installed on your vehicle. This is the best way to verify the vehicle settings of the tool and ensure that its software is updated. Doing this also lets you avoid protocol mismatch.
The tool’s battery must be fully charged when you use it to avoid interruptions in the programming process and inaccurate readings.
How Do You Maintain Your TPMS Programming Tool?
With the functionalities of a programming tool covered, let’s take a look at some of the things you need to keep in mind about maintenance.
The good news is that a TPMS programming tool doesn’t take much time and effort to maintain. The only thing you have to keep in mind is to charge the battery before using the device. Also, the tool’s software needs to be updated.
Like your cellular phones or laptops, the software of TPMS programming tools is regularly updated to add new features to and improve the capabilities of the device. This may include additional vehicle and sensor coverage as well as relearn procedures.
Not updating the software on your TPMS programming tool can result in the device not performing at optimal efficiency due to missing features and applications. This can delay programming the sensors, resulting in lost time and sales (particularly for garage owners).
As mentioned earlier, programming needs to be done whenever you get new sensors. The process may seem easy, but it can actually be confusing and time-consuming. To add, sensors can be costly, as well as the service fees for relearning and programming.
If you want to avoid the hassle of programming your sensors each time you change tires, you can disable your TPMS using a bypass emulator. It’s an affordable and non-invasive way of avoiding issues associated with the tire pressure monitoring system.
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