TPMS stands for Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and EU legislation requires that all newly homologated vehicles must be fitted with TPMS as standard from November 2012.
From November 2014, all new cars are being fitted with a form of TPMS and vehicles registered from 2012 and onwards will have their pressure monitoring system tested as part of the MOT.
There are 2 types of TPMS:
Indirect: These systems utilise the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) sensors to approximate the air pressure in the tyres using complex mathematics based on the speed of rotation of each individual wheel.
Unfortunately these systems are not as accurate as direct TPMS and can sometimes be slow to report problems. The most important thing that you, as a driver, can do is to ensure that they are set up correctly, following the instructions provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
Direct: Sensors are fitted to the air valve within each wheel, reporting tyre pressures to the vehicle ECU (Engine Control Unit).
These systems are the most accurate TPMS systems available, giving true warnings to the driver within seconds of detecting a low pressure or a sudden loss of pressure, but it is important to correctly maintain these systems in order for them to remain functioning in the correct manner.
As with all valves, TPMS valves create an air seal to the wheel using rubber components, which can be in the form of a simple grommet or a rubber valve stem. These rubber components and also the metal components found on clamp in valves can degrade over time, as they are exposed to the environment 24/7.
It is important that every time you have work done to your tyres, be it replacement or repair, you should also service your TPMS valves in order to keep them in good condition. This work can be completed by our expert staff and ensures that your valves remain functional, your sensors remain in place and most importantly you and your passengers safety is not jeopardised.
There are many different TPMS sensors in the market today, depending on your vehicle, though we are able to deal with the diagnosis, servicing and replacement of direct TPMS sensors across 98% of all vehicles in Europe, from Alfa Romeo to Volvo.
In order to become proficient with this technology we have invested in extensive TPMS training and we have supplemented this with market leading electronic equipment to ensure that we can be relied upon to give an honest and accurate problem solving service.
No matter what the issue, our technicians will go out of their way to diagnose faults and offer the most cost effective and comprehensive service possible. With a number of years of experience handling TPMS under our belts, and a large number of satisfied customers, we are your TPMS EXPERTS!