What is TPMS?
More safety, more comfort and less fuel consumption.
TPMS stands for Tyre Pressure Monitoring System. It is a highly effective security system that alerts the driver by displaying a warning sign on the dash of the vehicle when a tyre pressure falls 20% below the normal value.
- Increases safety
- Lowers fuel consumption
- Reduces tyre wear
- Improves braking and stopping distance
- Improves handling and reliability
Indirect vs Direct TPMS
These systems evaluate signals from a vehicle’s anti-lock brake system (ABS) to compare the speed of the wheels. If the system detects a difference in wheel speeds and this is not attributable to the driving situation, a warning lamp on the instrument cluster will illuminate.
In a direct system each wheel/tyre is equipped with a sensor that directly measures the tyre pressure and depending on the vehicle, measure temperature. This information is transmitted wirelessly to a control unit which analyses the data and displays a warning on the instrument cluster if low pressure is detected.
- Direct systems are faster and provide more precise
- Direct systems have the potential to display the pressure and temperature of each tyre individually, even when the vehicle is stationary
- Direct systems do not have to be recalibrated if the tyre pressure changes due to an increase in load or a tyre change (however direct systems do require a sensor/vehicle relearn when moving or replacing sensors – this may be automatic depending on the vehicle)
Huge Profit Opportunities thanks to EU demand
Since November 2014, TPMS became a mandatory fitment on all new M1-class vehicles (cars and motor homes). In January 2015, TPMS became part of the annual MOT, making a faulty TPMS or a vehicle displaying its TPMS dashboard light an automatic fail.
With millions of vehicles now fitted with a TPMS, this has created new business opportunities for dealers, garages and tyre service businesses. The demand to replace and repair TPMS sensors and number of MOT failures is rising at a significant rate,
As a brand of leading international tyre specialist, Continental, VDO provides you with everything you require for all service activities in the tyre pressure monitoring field, such as:
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