BRIGHTON, Mich. (June 4, 2013) — Tiremetrix L.L.C., developer of the TPMS Manager software for managing tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) service and parts information, has enhanced the product's relearn procedure database in partnershp with F3 Automotive Test Fit Labs Inc.
Together the two firms claim the enhanced database covers 99 percent of TPMS-equipped vehicles in North America.
Cypress, Calif.-bsed F3 Automotive is an automotive testing company dedicated to testing the proper form, fit and function of aftermarket automotive parts. F3 claims to use "cutting-edge" technologies in a "state-of-the-art" facility to ensure consistent and repeatable results.
"Our customers constantly communicate that these (relearn) procedures are one of the most difficult aspects of servicing TPMS," said Tiremetrix President Joe Donehue. "They can now have the confidence of knowing our database has been both tested and independently validated."
Vehicles equipped with TPMS often require what is known as a TPMS relearn or TPMS reset procedure, Tiremetrix said. These processes can involve driving the vehicle for a specified period of time, or a series of actions to initialize the vehicle into "learn mode."
TPMS must be learned into a vehicle to operate and report properly.
TPMS Manager provides access to more than 100 unique relearn procedures covering more than 4,000 TPMS-equipped vehicle models, the company said.
Matt Timney, owner of F3 Labs, said a key aspect to TPMS product testing is validating the sensor's ability to communicate to the vehicle without fail.
"The TPMS relearn process is a big part of this testing procedure and one where we have seen many incorrect procedures throughout the industry," he said.