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Electronic Stability Control and the Role of Tires

Electronic stability control – ESC – introduced in 1995 and touted as the second most important advancement in auto safety after seat belts, will finally be standard equipment on all passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. starting in 2012. ESC is supposed to help drivers maintain safe control of their vehicles and prevent accidents. But

The Past, Present and Future of TPMS

Ebenezer Scrooge would probably fear the Ghost of Christmas Past and welcome the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, if the Scrooge and Marley firm of Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" was a player in the tire pressure monitoring system industry instead of London’s financial lending community. In the revised account of the holiday classic, the

Always Install Two New Tires on the Rear Axle

When it’s time to replace only two tires on passenger vehicles, logic should take a back seat to physics – or in this case, a rear axle. Typically, vehicles are shod with four similarly designed and constructed tires of the same size on the front and back. The tread depth of each starts out equal,

10 Years in, TPMS Confusion Still Exists Among Consumers

Ever throw a party that took almost eight years to organize, but one-third of the invited guests never bothered to show up? Maybe it was the wording of the invitation. The cumbersome title “U.S. Tran­s­portation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act” probably didn’t help to capture the imagination of the general public when passed in

TPMS: Popular Questions for an Unpopular Topic

Let’s face reality. A paradox ex­ists within tire pressure monitoring system discussions. On one hand, it’s not a popular topic of conversation in a social setting. In fact, TPMS usually is a conversation stopper.   A recent 19th hole opinion exchange among friends included Gulf of Mexico oil drilling, Tea Party rallies and LeBron. Chatter

From Plant to Store, Today’s Tires Must be in Balance

Round and black was once the acceptable way to describe a tire. Today, most are still black, but car owners demand that they must be a lot rounder. What the consumer really wants is a tire that not only is round or concentric, but also perfectly balanced with uniform distribution of mass. The evolving need

Maintain TPMS Components For Customer Safety and Profit

When it comes to TPMS, pieces and parts add up to safety and profit. “Safety is the primary motivation for tire dealers to keep their customers’ TPMS in original operating condition,” said Brian Rigney, general manager for Dill Air Controls. “But, handled correctly, it can lead to bigger business profits.” Rigney’s rule of thumb is

Class Act Helps Lead Dealers to TPMS Success

ntributed to the trade organization’s information base. “They’ve been big supporters of ours,” he says. “In addition, all of the major TPMS tool manufacturers provide information to our organization about new product introductions, which keeps our training current.” He says that TIA’s ultimate goal is for tire technicians to know how to service all TPMS

Diverse Vehicle Makes and Models Create TPMS Challenges

Not all tire pressure monitoring systems are created equal. In fact, each new vehicle model year brings with it a variety of updated TPMS replacement, reset, activation and decoding procedures.  Some measures necessitate using the latest tools; all require a thorough understanding of step-by-step maintenance and service procedures. Learning about a specific TPMS while the