LAS VEGAS – Several TPMS tool and sensor companies, normally competitors, have joined forces on a campaign to urge technicians to update their TPMS scanners.
"The issue we're going to talk about has been creating a lot of pain points for shops and for our retailers. Back in 2018, when TPMS became mandatory for all new cars in the United States, it was a really a win-win for drivers and the aftermarket industry. And despite some major learning curve, everything was going really well. And TPMS added a new layer of safety to the drivers and then definitely provided a very stable source of income for the shops and also parts retailers in the industry. …," Mariam Lochoshvili, global marketing communications manager for Sensata, maker of Schrader TPMS sensors, said during a press conference at AAPEX.
"We have seen an increasing amount of shops complaining about TPMS relearn procedures not working, or their inability to program TPMS sensors. Sometimes part retailers get back warranty returns of sensors that are actually working perfectly. This all comes down to one common issue -- the lack of updating the TPMS tool software," she added.
"The sensors today have changed and it's really important for the most efficient TPMS service to keep your tools up to date."
She spearheaded a coalition of TPMS sensor and tool manufacturers, including Sensata, ATEQ TPMS, Bartec USA and Continental Aftermarket Technologies.