All Your Questions Answered About TPMS?
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS, is a safety technology that monitors the air pressure in vehicular tyres and alerts the rider if it falls too low. It is one of the many high-tech features that are gradually becoming a necessity more than a luxury.
However, as a growing technology that is only recently beginning to gain traction, there are certain misconceptions surrounding TPMS . At the same time, you may not realise the several fringe benefits of such a system if you view it as only a tyre pressure monitoring device.
Let’s take a look at all the questions you may have regarding TPMS: Mr TREEL will guide you with the answers.
How Is TPMS Important?
An effective TPMS offers the following advantages
- It continually monitors your tyre health, which in turn improves your vehicle’s performance and improves driver-passenger safety.
- Since TPMS equates to better safety, your insurer is less likely to see you as a bad driver. This can result in competitive insurance rates with lower premiums.
- As an advanced feature available with your vehicle, it increases your car’s overall value. If you are ever to resell your vehicle, you can always cite TPMS as a highly sought-after solution.
- You no longer have to rely on manual tyre pressure readings, which means fewer unnecessary trips to the workshop for tyre health maintenance.
What Is the Difference Between Direct and Indirect TPMS?
The difference between direct and indirect TPMS rests in their manner of operation.
As the name indicates, Direct TPMS sensors are mounted directly onto the tyres. These sensors measure the air pressure for every tyre individually. When the air pressure falls 25% below the recommended level, it triggers an alarm on your car’s dashboard.
On the other hand, Indirect TPMS operates in tandem with your car’s Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) sensors. As such, the shared sensors detect the rotatory speed of the tyres and alerts the driver when any one of these divert from their regular performance.
Which Is the Best Spot to Install the TPMS Sensor?
Mr TREEL recommends that you attach the TPMS sensor to the tyre’s valve.
This suggestion is based on the many findings acquired from historical data, research, and hours of testing. Positioning your TPMS sensor at this spot prevents it from getting lost or stolen while also making data monitoring more accurate and efficient. Transferring the sensors from one tyre to its replacement also becomes easier this way.
What Information does the TPMS Sensor Transmit?
TPMS sensors transmit:
- Sensor ID
- Tyre pressure
- Battery life
The sensors may transmit additional diagnostic information depending on the make and model.
Does TPMS Offer Real-Time Data and Tips for Tyre Care?
Unfortunately, no. However, you can pair your TPMS sensors with OBD scanners to achieve the same result. You can buy TREEL’s MPower Smart Tyre Sensor Car Kit to monitor your tyre health in real-time. The supporting TREEL Care app is available for free!
What Is the Leading Cause of TPMS Sensor Failure?
Corrosion is one of the leading causes of TPMS sensor failure.
The corrosion of sensors or sensor stems can be due to moisture, road salts, or missing valve caps. Having dissimilar metals or using non-TPMS components could lead to galvanic corrosion, which hampers the sensor’s ability to read or transmit data. Furthermore, liquid or tyre sealants could also cause sensory failure.
How Often Should You Replace the TPMS Sensors and Their Batteries?
Ideally, you should replace your TPMS sensors every five to six years. However, this lifespan is bound to increase in the future as this technology advances and matures. On the other hand, TPMS sensors come equipped with built-in Lithium-ion batteries, which have a life expectancy of five to ten years.
Can You Track Your Family’s TPMS Data?
Yes! Mr TREEL cares about you and your loved ones’ wellbeing. And for this reason, anybody who has the TREEL app can view the sensor information after gaining authorised access. Not just that, you can also share these insights with your family and friends to make your tyre care more collaborative.
Mr TREEL’s Concluding Thoughts
Mr TREEL suggests that merely installing TPMS sensors in your vehicle is not enough. You need to periodically verify that these function correctly and replace the ones that fail after some time. Do the same with the TPMS sealing components and follow it up with the relearning process.