Auto Service Professional

FEB 2018

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36 | ASP February 2018 Technical options is an important profit saver, but better TPMS tools provide a clear understanding why a relearn procedure saves time and the ability to program a sensor helps shops cut down on their sensor inventory stock. Tips from Bartec USA e following information is provided by Scot Holloway of Bartec USA. As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of TPMS being a 100% mandate in the U.S., there still remains plenty of obstacles relating to the diagnostics and service of these safety systems. 1. Keeping the TPMS tool up-to-date: Vehicle coverage, new sensors and better features are always coming. Keeping the tool current is very important and can often mean the differ- ence between a happy customer and one that's talking about you on the internet. 2. Retrieving information from the tool: e collection of critical inspection, diagnostic and vehicle data are now part of the process for some TPMS tools. 3. Length of time to complete TPMS service: We often hear that dealing with TPMS service takes too long, whether it be extra steps dealing with replacement sensors or redundant steps of looking up a customer, knowing the vehicle make, model and year at the point of sale, only to have to set up the tool separately. 4. Changing the recommended inflation pres- sure: We hear loads of stuff about this topic, mostly whether or not it can be changed, and this remains a significant obstacle. TPMS placard changing is necessary if plus-sizing or "up-fitting" tires. 5. What kind of sensor is inside the wheel? A few years ago, we knew that the vehicle was fitted with OE sensors, but you cannot be so sure today, since the wheels may have been serviced previously. Do you have the proper service kit or tools for the possible aftermar- ket sensor that's inside the wheel? Tips from Continental VDO Listed here is an assortment of tips that refer to TPMS service, provided by Sean Lannoo, sales technical training specialist, and Lindsay Smith, product manager. – Refer to the placard pressure when inflating tires, not the max pressure listed on the tire sidewall. – Use the 10th digit of the vehicle VIN to Photo courtesy Dill A seemingly straightforward tightening of a screw that secures a rubber valve stem to a sensor still requires adhering to the specific torque value listed by the sensor or stem maker. Never take any TPMS sensor tightening requirement for granted. Follow the specs!

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