42% of Drivers Cannot Identify TPMS Warning Lights

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A new study has found that 42% of drivers cannot accurately identify the tire pressure monitoring system dashboard warning symbol. While the customer survey, recently conducted by TNS on behalf of Schrader International, showed an increase in TPMS recognition from a 2010 survey, there is still plenty of room for more education, said Schrader.
Recognizing the lack of driver knowledge, Schrader and others are working to further educate drivers on the importance of TPMS.
“At Schrader, we’re committed to making a difference in driver safety,” said Hugh Charvat, president and CEO of Schrader. “This begins with consumer education around how to recognize and what to do in a low tire pressure situation and continues with our dedication to delivering the best technology and operational performance in TPMS to our global original equipment manufacturer customers and aftermarket service partners.”
Schrader is working with its service partners to educate the public through point-of-sale elements such as product displays, waiting room posters, consumer-focused videos and handouts. Schrader also offers consumers online content to educate them before they have the conversation in store.
With roughly 104 million vehicles in the U.S. equipped with TPMS and an estimated 91% of the U.S. vehicle population are expected to be TPMS-equipped by 2023, education is important, Schrader said. Because of this, Schrader wants to shine a “traffic light”– green (good news), yellow (areas for improvement) and red (staggering facts) – on TPMS education and awareness.
Schrader said its green light news is that drivers have expressed interest in safer and more environmentally friendly cars. Roughly 94% believe TPMS is an important safety feature for a car and 79% said it is also important for the environment. Roughly 95% of those surveyed consider safety features and 72% consider environmental impact when shopping for a car.
Other good news is TPMS equipped vehicles can save money through reduced fuel consumption and nearly half of drivers surveyed would likely purchase TPMS for their car if one wasn’t already installed.
Despite the green light news, there are still several areas for improvement, Schrader said.
Some yellow light issues include the fact that one in 10 drivers have admitted to intentionally ignoring the TPMS warning light and continuing to drive. While 21% of drivers say they would continue driving until they could check their tires with the naked eye, Schrader notes that by the time someone can visually detect a tire’s underinflation it can be nearly 50% underinflated.
Schrader noted that 42% of drivers rarely check their tire pressure; with 34% of men saying they rarely do and 50% of women, adding to another area for improvement.
The red light, staggering facts, are that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tires that are underinflated by more than 25% are three times more likely to be involved in a crash related to tire problems.
The NHTSA reports that there are nearly 200,000 accidents caused by tire-related issues, 660 highway fatalities are due to underinflated tires and 33,000 injuries due to underinflated tires annually.
Additionally, the NHTSA reports that roughly 3.5 million gallons of gasoline is wasted daily due to underinflated tires.
To learn more about the importance of TPMS, visit TPMSMadeSimple.com (for drivers), TPMSMadeEasy.com (for the aftermarket), and TPMSMadeRight.com (for original equipment vehicle manufacturers).
Article by Schrader on TireReview.com
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Schrader TPMS Case Study- Auburn Hills Police Department

The Auburn Hills Police Department (AHPD) in Auburn Hills, Michigan is a well-equipped,
highly-trained group of law enforcement professionals dedicated to serving the residents of  Auburn Hills. Auburn Hills is located in Metropolitan Detroit and has a population of
approximately 21,000. More than 50 Auburn Hills’ police professionals respond to 18,000+
calls each year in a continual effort to keep the local community safe and secure.

The AHPD has been utilizing the EZ-sensorTM technology of Auburn Hills-based Schrader®, as part of a tire pressure monitoring trial for one of its fleet patrol vehicles. Since April 2011,  EZ-sensor has provided full tire pressure monitoring services to a 2009 Chevrolet® Tahoe, with over 3,400 operating road miles completed.

“Tire pressure monitoring on a vehicle is important. Low tire pressure alert information is a
benefit to the City and helps keep a vehicle on-the-road with no delays due to deflated or
underperforming tires. Properly inflated tires can save on tread wear and increase fuel
economy, saving the City unnecessary fleet costs,” said Diane Skinner, Fleet Manager for
the City of Auburn Hills.

Case Study by Schrader at TPMSmadesimple.com

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Bartec Increased Coverage for TPMS Tools

Bartec USA added three more programmable sensors to its roster with the recent launch of tool update 51 for its range of TPMS tools. Included in this newest update is the ability to program Alligator Sens.it, the Huf IntelliSens and the range of Cubelec sensors.
Last year, Bartec added Alligator Sens.it to the Tech400SD and Tech500 TPMS diagnostic tools, and now to its Tech400+ tool. The Huf IntelliSens can now be handled using Bartec’s Tech500 or Tech400SD tools with release 51.
Programmable aftermarket sensors from 31 Inc. [Smart Sensor], Dorman [Multi-fit], ITM [Uni-Sensor] and Pilot can be programmed with the Tech500.  All that’s required to program these sensors is to download and update the Tech500 with release 51 and purchase the specially designed Programming Fixture from a Bartec distributor.
In addition, Bartec has now made available for purchase its Mitsubishi Assisted Relearn adapter kit, which with release 51 can be performed using a Tech400+, Tech400SD or Tech500 tool.
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Siemens VDO SE10003 Redi-Sensor TPMS

For more information or questions about TPMS, visit TPMS.COM

VDO REDI-Sensor sensor assembly #SE10003
adds expanded Audi, GM Truck (“PWM”),
Mercedes, Volkswagen, Volvo,
Subaru and other Asian vehicle coverage!

REDI-Sensor #SE10003 adds over 15M new vehicle applications!

With the new REDI-Sensor #SE10003, the 4 sensor SKU (SE10001HP, SE10002, SE10003, SE10004A)
VDO REDI-Sensor TPMS Sensor Service Solution now includes popular coverage for Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, RAM, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.

Full REDI-Sensor coverage is listed in our newly released VDO TPMS Replacement Parts 2014 Catalog (VTPMC0314). The catalog is available in print or you may visit our online catalog for the most up-to-date catalog listings, which are ever expanding. Visit http://www.redi-sensor.com, click Look up applications online.

Unique REDI-Sensor technology provides a seamless, multi-application service solution for TPMS:

  • Ready out of the box!
  • Sensors are pre-programmed and designed to follow OE vehicle relearn procedures
  • Works with all major TPMS scan tools
  • Reduces inventory and eliminates service delays
  • OE designed and validated

Press release by Siemens VDO. Sponsored by TPMS.COM

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The Ateq VT56 is a multi-function TPMS tool that offers a powerful and unique TPMS relearn experience, according to the manufacturer. Available this spring, the VT56 features an ergonomic keypad and provides a modern and easy sensor triggering and programming experience. The VT56 also features a high-resolution 4.3-inch color display. An optional wireless printer and docking station is also available.


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C7 Corvette TPMS Announcement

We have received a few questions regarding the new Chevrolet C7 Corvette’s TPMS system. There are two different part numbers for this vehicle, a 315mhz and 433mhz sensor. So which one is right for your car? The 315mhz sensor is for vehicles for export outside the United States and the 433mhz sensor is for vehicles within the United States.

C7 vette tpms


For more information on this sensor, click here!


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Siemens VDO TPMS Tips and Tricks

TPMS Tips and Tricks from
FORD TRUCKS: The owner’s manual relearn procedure for certain late model

Ford pickup trucks states to cycle the ignition to the ON position (engine off), then turn the hazard flasher on and off three times within 10 seconds and the horn will chirp.


To learn NEW sensors you must follow the previous Ford relearn procedure. This is conducted by cycling the ignition key from OFF to ON three times ending in the ON position. (engine off) Press and release the brake pedal. Turn ignition back to OFF. Next cycle the ignition key from OFF to ON three more times ending in the ON position and wait for the horn chirp.

Sensors are then to be manually triggered clockwise via a TPMS scan / trigger tool beginning with the left front tire.

This is the only way the vehicle will learn NEW sensor ID’s.

SUBARU:2012 and newer Subaru’s must be driven after an OBD II relearn in order to register the new sensor ID’s and turn off the TPMS MIL light.

REMEMBER: For most Asian vehicles the relearn procedure requires a TPMS scan / trigger tool with an OBDII cable {examples include Bartec 400 / 500, ATEQ VT55 / 56, or

Snap-on TPMS 3} to upload the sensor ID’s to the vehicle computer.

Please visit our website http://www.redi-sensor.com for additional vehicle relearn information and video demonstrations. 


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TPMS Service Kits

We’ve had many people ask us about service kits, so we thought we’d do a little write-up. A tire shop should be using a service kit anytime a tire is taken off of a wheel. This is because the parts will corrode and may cause a leak. A TPMS service kit will be different depending on the type of sensor that it is for. The two common types of valve stems are rubber and metal valve stems. With rubber valve stems the whole stem must be replaced, but with metal valves the individual components may be replaced. Some service kits may look the same, but there can be very minor differences that matter. Most service kits will contain valve core, cap seal, hex nut, and sometimes a washer. By replacing these vital components, drivers can prevent leaks and even blowouts. Always be sure that your TPMS is being serviced properly! It could save you money and even your life!

20035 Service kit gen 1 edit 20008


For more information on service kits and TPMS, visit TPMS.com

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Porsche TPMS 5Q0907275

The Huf RDE018 is the OE Sensor for some of the newer Porsche models and the newer Volkswagen vehicles. The sensor transmits 433mhz frequency and includes the valve stem with the sensor.  The OE part number is 5Q0907275.  Here is a list of fitments for the RDE018:

  • Porsche; Cayenne; 2014
    Porsche; Macan; 2014
    Porsche; Panamera; 2014-2013
    Volkswagen; Jetta Sportwagon; 2013

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For more information on the RDE018, click here!

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2013 Schrader EZ Sensor Application Guide

Schrader has released their new EZ sensor applications for 2013! It includes up to date information on the newest fitments and sensors. The Application guide covers up to 2014 model years and includes OEM part numbers for easy look up! The new EZ sensor, 33200 also has been included in this application guide. With only a few sensors, Schrader has been able to cover 90% of the entire market!

For a link to the new EZ Sensor application guide, click here!

ez app cover


For more information on the Schrader EZ sensor, click here!


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