Investing in TPMS Tools - Tire Review Magazine

Investing in TPMS Tools

The TPMS tools you invest in can either make or break the efficiency of your shop's TPMS program.

One of the most important steps to creating an effective and profitable TPMS program is having the proper equipment to get the job done. The TPMS tools you invest in can either make or break the efficiency of your TPMS program. This investment will either support your goals of quick and effective service, or add delays, confusion and inefficiencies. Losing time because you don’t have enough tools or the right ones can be avoided. Consider these five features when deciding which TPMS tool is right for your business:

Sensor Type Freedom

Universal sensors have proven to be a huge time and inventory saver. Even if you don’t use them today, appreciate the fact that you may want the option to use them in the future. In this case, you need a tool that has the capability to program a sensor in addition to relearning a vehicle. 

Multiple Sensor Brand Compatibility

Many tools on the market have the functionality to program only one brand of sensor, locking you in and limiting your options. There are also many tools that have the capability to program multiple brands of universal sensors. This route solves any commitment issues you may have, protects you from investing in yet another tool in the future and will help you keep your options wide open when it comes to which sensor brand you want to use for your business. 

Automatic Software Updates

Outdated software is one of the top killers of TPMS service profitability. You can buy the best sensor in the world with the most coverage, and then waste all kinds of time trying to figure out why you don’t see coverage for a specific vehicle in the tool. You must have the latest tool software update to have the latest sensor coverage. Automatic updates take that responsibility off of your shoulders.

TPMS Relearn Look Up

Think of the time you could save by not having to flip through and look up relearn procedures on every vehicle that comes into the bay. This added functionality could pay for itself in no time.

Wi-Fi Capabilities

This feature allows you to wirelessly print reports completed at the testing stage of TPMS service and also assists with automatic software updates. Time is money; this feature is worth the investment.

Another thing to consider when investing in TPMS tools is how many tools make sense for your shop to own. In general, it is best to have at least one tool for every 10 bays. However, I would recommend that you consider always having an extra tool at the counter to help the service advisor identify the system on the client’s vehicle. The service advisor should use the tool to go outside and activate each sensor, showing the customer that there is a sensor in each wheel. This is a great time to explain that tires are actually a smart and connected part of the vehicle. If the tool has Wi-Fi, the service provider can then transfer the data to a report and print it out for the customer and the technician assigned to the job.

Jacki Lutz is the Global Head of Communications, Training and E-Commerce for Schrader TPMS Solutions, a global leader in TPMS. She is a TIA ATS instructor and serves on a variety of industry boards.

You May Also Like

Do Airless Tires Mean TPMS is a Thing of the Past?

Collecting data from tires won’t go away if the air does.


We are far beyond the argument for whether tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) bring value to drivers or not. It has been long proven that TPMS systems have a long list of benefits, like:

Preventing blowouts

Safer handling

More accurate steering

Increased gas mileage

Tips for Turning Off the TPMS Light

TPMS is an important and helpful safety component of the vehicle, yet sometimes the light can give technicians frustration. The tires are all filled up to placard pressure and yet the light still appears on the customer’s dash? What do you do? Related Articles – Five Common Mistakes that Make TPMS Unprofitable – TPMS Relearns

Five Common Mistakes that Make TPMS Unprofitable

TPMS service doesn’t have to be difficult, but there are several factors that can make it complicated. These include multiple sensor choices, application variants, scan tool issues and incorrect installation procedures. One way to avoid these problems and make your TPMS service easier and more profitable is to be aware of common pitfalls that technicians

TPMS Relearns Using the Trigger System

Generally speaking, if a vehicle utilizes an OBD relearn, a relearn procedure is quite simple and easy to execute. Provided everything functions as it is intended, the tool really does most of the work for you. You simply walk around to each tire of the vehicle and activate each sensor with your TPMS tool. Every

What’s Next for TPMS Technology?

TPMS, like most technologies, is always evolving, and that is a good thing. The more accurate the system becomes and the more features that are added to a TPMS system, the more likely the driver will find value in keeping their TPMS system functioning. In the past 10 years alone: Related Articles – Charging for


Other Posts

TPMS Manufacturers Urge Technicians to Update Tool Software

TPMS manufacturers and TIA launched the “Update Your TPMS Tools!” campaign during National Tire Safety Week.

Bartec Announces Tool Software Update

Bartec USA says the new software allows technicians to test the battery status of TPMS sensors on the vehicle.

ATEQ TPMS Tools Introduces New Commercial Truck Tool

ATEQ TPMS Tools, LC announced the addition of the VT Truck 2.0 to the ATEQ TPMS tool lineup. The ATEQ VT Truck 2.0 offers functionalities specifically designed for the maintenance of trucks and buses and includes all-new OBD coverage. Related Articles – VIP Tires & Service Donation to Support Mass Shooting Victims – Carlisle TyrFil

Why TPMS Tools are Used and How They Work

As a tire dealer, I am sure you have one or two TPMS tools laying around your shop. While they may be popular, diagnosing a malfunction might seem a bit confusing at times and somewhat time-consuming. Not to mention if you have to reprogram a diagnostic tool to meet the vehicle’s application specifications. Related Articles