LAS VEGAS (Nov. 3, 2010) – Myers Tire Supply has become the North American distributor for sens.it, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensor replacement system developed by German tire valve maker Alligator Ventilfabrik G.m.b.H.
Sens.it – for “sensor intelligent technology” – is designed to allow individual tire and auto service shops to replace damaged or defective TPMS sensors relatively simply, quickly and cost effectively.
Sens.it allows shop personnel to program a new TPMS sensor unit by using a proprietary programming tool that retrieves the OE codes from sens.it's website using the vehicle identification number (VIN). Programming a new unit takes about 60 seconds, Alligator said.
Once the sending unit is programmed, the shop technician assembles it with the appropriate clamp-in or snap-in valve and installs it on the customer's wheel.
Since the replacement part uses the original sensor ID, there is no need to reprogram or relearn the sensors to the vehicle, Alligator said, if the part is being used in the same location as the part being replaced.
Myers claims the system covers more than 85 percent of OE fitments for Toyota, Honda, Nissan, GM, Ford and Chrysler models and is being updated continuously so it will cover more than 90 percent by the first quarter.
Alligator claims sens.it works with all leading tools, including tools from Bartec USA, OTC/SPX, ATEQ and K-Tool International (TIPS).
Myers lists the programming tool at $190 but said there are no annual fees for program use, support or updates. Sensor units are listed at $56 in Myers' catalog.
Giengen/Brenz, Germany-based Alligator Ventilfabrik provides its global OE customers and wholesalers with tire valves, spare parts and accessories under the Alligator, EHA and Stomil brand names.