LAS VEGAS (Nov. 2, 2005) — Siemens VDO has launched a line of aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) components.
Howard A. Laster, Siemens' director of marketing and business development, said the new TPMS pieces include the sensor assembly and five service parts: a valve core, valve nut, valve cap, seal and seal washer.
The sensor only needs to be replaced if it fails or is damaged, Mr. Laster said. However, manufacturers recommend that all new service parts be replaced each time the tire is serviced.
The “self-learning” sensor eliminates the many different recalibration routines
required on specific makes and models of cars, he said. And unlike other vehicle parts that may take six to eight years before needing replacement, the new Siemens units represent a new sales opportunity for tire dealers in that tires on TPMS-equipped vehicles can require repair or replacement from the day it is driven off the lot, he said.
Mr. Laster noted that the Allentown, Penn.-based electronics company sought input from the Tire Industry Association on how its replacement TPMS parts could help make the tire technician's job easier. All new light vehicles sold in the U. S. will be required to have a TPMS as standard equipment by Sept. 1, 2007.