Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System – will new legislation affect your car?
What is it?
As well as being safer, driving with the correct tyre pressures reduces fuel consumption and improves tyre life. Because of the environmental benefits, manufacturers have been fitting tyre pressure monitoring systems or TPMS to vehicles for a few years now.
There are 2 types of system in use, a direct system and an indirect system. The direct system has a small battery powered pressure sensor inside the wheel which measures the tyre pressure and transmits this via a small radio transmitter to the car’s on-board computer. Any variance in the pressure from the pre-set value will cause a dashboard warning light to come on.
The indirect system uses the car’s electronic braking system and counts the number of revolutions of each wheel. If a tyre is under-inflated, it will have a smaller circumference and subsequently will start to turn faster than all the others. The electronic sensors pick this up and alert the car’s on-board computer.
Since November 2012 all new car models must be fitted with a TPMS.
From November 2014 all new cars must be fitted with a TPMS.
Vehicles fitted with a TPMS as standard AND which were first used or registered on or after the 1st January 2012, will have their TPMS tested as part of the MOT road worthiness test from 2015 onwards.
Our solution – big savings on dealer prices
We have purchased the market leading Autogem TPMS system which is programmable to fit most cars on the market today and also comes with a kit of spare parts, so we can service your TPMS valves at a fraction of the cost of main dealer prices. Today we fixed a broken TPMS valve on a Mazda 6 and the cost was £9.60. Compare that to main dealer prices for the same vehicle of £114.25.
If your car is due for an MOT, or the TPMS warning light has come on, come and see us or give us a call on 01577865656 for a no obligation check.
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