Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Since November 2014, Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) have been fitted to all new vehicles as standard although some vehicle manufacturers have been using this technology since as far back as 1992. TPMS sensors monitor your tyre pressure and tyre temperature for irregularities.
What is a tyre pressure sensor?
A tyre pressure sensor is installed in each tyre air valve which transmits data direct to the vehicle dashboard, informing the driver when tyre pressures are low or imbalanced. The TPMS sensor warning light is designed to activate when there is a minimum 20% drop in tyre pressure (between 6-7 psi). Like most car components, your tyre pressure sensor should be serviced regularly.
TPMS Sensor Servicing at DCM Tyres
At DCM Tyres, we believe in preventative maintenance and your TPMS sensors should be serviced every time a tyre bead is broken. The most common cause of tyre pressure monitoring system
failure is damage or corrosion due to lack of maintenance. Each of the valve sensors is also fitted with an internal battery which is designed to last approximately 5 to 7 years or 100,000 miles – the more miles you do, the faster the battery will deplete.
Our technicians will carry out a thorough visual and electronic examination of your TPMS sensor to ensure it is working correctly. If damage or a fault is detected, we can replace your TPMS for less than an official dealership.
Regularly servicing your tyre pressuring monitoring system ensures it is working correctly which in turn provides the following benefits:
• Improved vehicle safety – correctly inflated tyres will demonstrate shorter braking distances
• Prolonged tyre life – underinflation due to factors such as tyre temperatures will cause your tyres to wear more quickly
• Improved fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions – Your fuel will go further on correctly inflated tyres
• Additional peace of mind knowing that you have the correct tyre pressure.
TPMS servicing may incur an additional charge. Should new tyre pressure sensors be required (in instances where these are damaged, or the sensor battery has depleted) we will supply a cost-effective replacement sensor. This can clone your existing settings or we can create new ones where this is irretrievable.
TPMS and the MOT Test
TPMS is now being tested as part of the MOT road worthiness test. At present, any vehicle manufactured before 2012 that has been fitted with a TPMS will receive an ‘advisory’ on their test if a fault is detected or the TPMS dashboard light is illuminated. This will be recorded on the MOT test certificate. However, since 2012, as part of a MOT legislation review, an illuminated TPMS warning light will now result in an immediate MOT failure.
Our TPMS servicing is available at our branches in Shaftesbury, Blandford and Sturminster Newton. To book your TPMS sensor service or for any other car tyre concerns, get in touch with your local branch of DCM Tyres and Autocentres today.