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TPMS: Educate the Consumer to Turn a Blinking light into a Profit Center for Your Shop

TPMS: It’s No Waste of Time

by Sean Phillips
Publication: Tire Review, October 16, 2013
Excerpt: A different perspective on TPMS systems and rules yields new questions that need answers

TPMS Diagnostic Strategies
by Larry Carley
Publication: Tire Review, May 14, 2013
Excerpt: Dig a little deeper to find the true causes of the most puzzling TPMS problems.

Dealers, Drivers Need to Think of TPMS in Winter Tire Changeovers _to_think_of_tpms_in_winter_tire_changeovers.aspx
by Skip Scherer
Publication: Tire Review, February 14, 2011
Excerpt: The time to change to and from snow tires is both a regional and personal decision. Whenever it takes place, a changeover brings with it a need for consumers to make some decisions. To purchase or not purchase a second set of wheels needs to be followed with questions about TPMS sensors.

More on Schrader's new EZ-Sensor
By Mike Manges
Publication: Modern Tire Dealer, November 18, 2010
Excerpt: There's more to Schrader International's new EZ-Sensor tire pressure sensor than meets the eye, says Carl Wacker, the company's global vice president of sales and marketing. The EZ-Sensor, which was introduced at this month's Global Tire Expo, is designed to interface with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) that have already been installed on vehicles. "Our customers have been saying, 'The original equipment (vehicle) manufacturers keep proliferating the differences in the sensors, including the way they communicate and which models they go on," Wacker told Modern Tire Dealer earlier today.

Schrader Launches EZ-Sensor, the Automotive Industry's First Patented and Programmable OE-replacement TPMS Sensor
Publication: Yahoo! Finance, November 2, 2010
Excerpt: Schrader, a pioneer and leading global manufacturer of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), today announced its official launch of EZ-Sensor, the automotive industry's first patented OE-replacement TPMS sensor that can be programmed to function across diverse car makes and models. Created via a strategic alliance between Schrader and Bartec®, two of the world's most respected names in TPMS technology, EZ-Sensor will help aftermarket retailers eliminate lost sales, simplify the TPMS repair process and optimize inventory levels. EZ-Sensor uses patented Schrader technology, which delivers a programmable sensor that requires only a single programming tool – a tool that most service and repair facilities already use today.

Schrader Hits the Road to Promote its New EZ-Sensor
By Amy Antenora
Publication:, October 21, 2010
Excerpt: A team of professionals from Schrader Electronics hit the road in a specially outfitted Toyota Prius this week to spread the word about the company's new TPMS EZ-Sensor. After kicking off their "Easy Drive to SEMA" Tour in Detroit, the team made a pit stop at the Akron, OH, headquarters of Babcox Media to meet with Babcox editors and show off their new product. The tour was created to get the message out about EZ-Sensor — the company's fully programmable TPMS sensor and reprogramming tool — which was co-developed by Schrader and Bartec.

Schrader Takes to Streets to Promote Sensor, Tool Line
Publication: Tire Review, October 20, 2010
Excerpt: TPMS-maker Schrader is taking the long road to Las Vegas to promote its EZ-Sensor product line to tire dealers, distributors and consumers. Schrader embarked on what will be a 6,400-mile journey around and across the country, leaving Detroit on Oct. 18 and reaching the Global Tire Expo/SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center by Nov. 2. The "EZ Road to SEMA" Cross-Country Tour made a scheduled stop at Tire Review's offices in Akron, Ohio, its first day on the journey. Carl Wacker, vice president of sales and marketing, and Tony Davenport, business development manager, are driving a custom-liveried, EZ-Sensor-fitted Toyota Prius on the Tour.

10 Years in, TPMS Confusion Still Exists Among Consumers
By Skip Scherer
Publication: Tire Review, October 18, 2010
Excerpt: 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 2000. Eight years later, full implementation of one of the TREAD Act's major components – the one that focuses on tire pressure warning systems – wasn't enough to get all vehicle owners and drivers on board.

TPMS: It's finally getting better
By Kevin Rohlwing
Publication: Modern Tire Dealer, October 15, 2010
Excerpt: I have to admit that I struggle when coming up with titles for my articles. I'm so bad that the editors at MTD have my unconditional blessing to change the title and they usually do. But this one is different because I'm confident it's the perfect synopsis of where the industry stands with tire pressure monitoring systems, or TPMS. I've waited a long time to say the words, "It's finally getting better," mainly because I didn't want to mislead anyone or subject myself to professional and public ridicule. But I think we're finally reaching the stage where things are improving, and some recent events support my optimism.

Programmable Sensors
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Publication: Today's Tire Industry, Last update: Spring 2010
Excerpt: TPMS: Resource drain or profit center? Initial reactions from tire dealers about TPMS included worries that it would be a drain on money, time and resources. But technologies that simplify the servicing process, such as the EZ-Sensor™ system from Schrader, are changing the views of many, helping dealers reduce installation challenges, from finding the right TPMS part numbers to linking sensors with vehicle systems.

Diverse Vehicle Makes and Models Create TPMS Challenges
by Skip Scherer
Publication: Tire Review, February 9, 2010
Excerpt: 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 vehicle is sitting in the service bay could result in dissatisfied customers and possible damage to the owner's car or light truck. It begs the question: Are tire dealers ready to serve the next vehicle brought in for pressure monitoring issues?

Finding a Fix: Troubleshooting Customer TPMS Problems
Tire Review, December 15, 2009
Excerpt: The history of how we got to this point with TPMS is not important. It's here, and tire dealers have learned to deal with it. The next question deals with how we learn to troubleshoot TPMS for our customers, who at this point know virtually nothing about it. The early version of TPMS, the indirect system, was first used on 1999 to 2003 model year OE applications. There were TPMS trial applications dating back to the late 1980s, but they clearly needed more work. OEMs abandoned those early systems in favor of the more reliable indirect system, and ultimately the direct systems that are most prevalent today.

The Tools and Manuals Needed to Service Today's TPMS
by Steve LaFerre
Tire Review, October 14, 2009
Excerpt: Did you know that right now 100% of new [passenger] vehicles built in this country come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system? Add to that a giant gaggle of older cars with indirect or direct TPMS systems, and you've got a service component that is definitely here to stay. No surprise, then, that there are more than 52 companies selling TPMS tools–76 different required or optional tools, to be exact.

Smart Thinking: Putting Your TPMS Issues on "Manual" Brings Automatic Returns
Publication: Tire Review, August 15, 2009
Excerpt: It happens every Christmas. A child gets a new toy or gadget, and the adult is challenged to build it regardless of the disclaimer, "Some Assembly Required." Then, every "smart" adult does the same thing–he or she pitches the instructions and tackles the task on their own, sans detailed guidance. In the past, a similar scene was sometimes repeated in the service bays of many auto and tire dealerships. Whether it was a time factor or some other issue, a technician might disdain instructions for intuition or his own personal experience.

Continually Adapting: The Search Continues for "Perfect" TPMS Systems, Tools
by Hank Inman
Publication: Tire Review, June 15, 2009
Excerpt: Even though it has been a few years since tire pressure monitoring systems were first mandated on U.S. cars, the quest for the "perfect" system with the most effective sensors has been an ongoing pursuit. The same is true for the TPMS tool manufacturers and marketers. Progress is being made on both fronts in North America, but the worldwide economic conditions and other factors make that movement a continuous effort. The March announcement of the European Union mandate on TPMS implementation starting with the 2012 model year is the latest industry news that could have significant implications for TPMS sensor and tool manufacturers and marketers, and it could accelerate development.

An Ounce of Prevention: Selling TPMS Preventative Maintenance Boosts Bottom Line
by Hank Inman
Publication: Tire Review, April 14, 2009
Excerpt: Among several things, winter always drops unpleasant reminders of the many issues that can affect automobile and tire performance for the rest of the year. Tire pressure monitoring systems are just one of the more recent components whose operation can be adversely affected by winter's wrath. As is common, these issues last well into spring and sometimes are 12-month-long concerns for drivers–and opportunities for tire dealers.

Still Adapting: Familiarity Doesn't Make TPMS Service Flawless
by Hank Inman
Publication: Tire Review, February 12, 2009
Excerpt: As the global economy continues to affect businesses and industries, the tire industry continues to have its issues–albeit fewer of them–with tire pressure monitoring systems, especially in the service bay area. Mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, TPMS on OE passenger cars are now into their second model year of full compliance. That means service shops should be getting more accustomed to dealing with the systems and their related issues, right? Wrong!

Where to Next?: Tire Trends and TPMS Forecasts for Changing Times
by Scott Blair
Publication: Tire Review, January 13, 2009
Excerpt: Where do we go from here? To find out, we begin a three-part series to see where tire and wheel manufacturers, along with retail dealers, believe the performance market is heading. First up: tires. We have all questioned the proliferation of sizes over the past two decades. The UHP market has steadily increased in volume, and is crowded with competing brands and styles. In recent years, vehicle OEMs have been increasing rim diameters and specifying Z-rated tires for just about everything.

Selling Safety: TPMS Valve Stems and Service More Than Just Good Business
by Hank Inman
Publication: Tire Review, October 9, 2008
Excerpt: For more than eight years, tire pressure monitoring systems have haunted the tire and auto industries. And just like any automotive component, the lifespan of TPMS parts is getting increasingly shorter year-by-year. Therein lies not only a solid business opportunity, but also an opportunity to show the customer your knowledge of the business–for safety's sake.

Side Benefit: TPMS for Commercial Trucks May Save Lives, Money
by Asa Sharp
Publication: Tire Review, October 9, 2008
Excerpt: It's old news that tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are now required on new passenger cars, light trucks, and SUVs with GVW ratings up to 10,000 lbs. However, most regulatory observers agree that the congressional mandate applies to all highway vehicles, and requirements covering commercial trucks through Class 8 are likely within the next several years.

Learning Curve: Training Still a Key Issue in TPMS Service, Multiple Options Exist
by Hank Inman
Publication: Tire Review, August 8, 2008
Excerpt: TPMS has many unresolved issues, and most tire dealers have dealt with the problems in various ways. However, one of the most common concerns these days still involves training. The Tire Industry Association has done an admirable job taking the lead in this area, and even recently released the Spanish version of its 200-Level TPMS Training Program. The excellent staff, already road warrior veterans, however, can only accommodate so many dealers and members. "It's been very busy lately, and we've been traveling a lot," said TIA's Sean MacKinnon, director of automotive training development. "But we have a new program in the development stage that will take our basic overview to the next level."

Making the Grade: Proper Tools Essential for Handling TPMS Issues
by Hank Inman
Publication: Tire Review, June 17, 2008
Excerpt: Just as the sports world claims you can't identify the players without a program, the tire industry chants that you can't fix a problem without the right tools. The world of tire pressure monitoring systems, or TPMS, is no different. In fact, having the proper tools is critical to servicing vehicles equipped with TPMS.

The Latest Thing: TPMS Training's Slow Growth Runs Parallel to Industry
by Hank Inman
Publication: Tire Review, April 28, 2008
Excerpt: To auto and tire technicians, training is like a candy bar to a chocoholic–they can't get enough. However, in the constantly changing TPMS world, training activities seem to mirror the industry itself. There remains no consistency, except for one source–the Mitchell1 Guide, a.k.a., the technician's bible. –There's nothing new in training," admits Kevin Rohlwing, TIA's senior vice president of training. "There are some dealers out there who still aren't seeing enough TPMS issues to be concerned, and don't see a need to invest in a lot of equipment and training. On the other hand, TPMS has sneaked up on other dealers, and some have grown with it."

Getting Geeky: TPMS Issues, Vehicle Systems Keep Dealers on Their Toes
by Scott Blair
Publication: Tire Review, March 26, 2008
Excerpt: We're at 100% TPMS compliance now. Are we having fun yet? To keep customers in your shop, plan on investing in diagnostic scanners and software, not to mention a serious investment in personnel who have an aptitude for technology. Just this week, I had a friend who owns a local tire store call me regarding what to do about an air pressure adjustment on a 2007 GM 2500HD truck after installing custom wheels. This scenario is playing out all over the country and so leads me to discuss it here to help as many people as possible to be prepared to deal with this issue.

A New Era: TPMS Compliance Calls for New Products
by Hank Inman
Tire Review, February 19, 2008
Excerpt: The tire industry is now well into a new era. It may not rival the radial age, but the epoch already is memorable and some say forgettable. It's the TPMS era. While most participants know that the groundwork was laid several years ago, the reality is that the TREAD Act's final deadline for the "start" of this new period was September 2007, and it targeted the model year 2008 for full compliance.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Publication:, Last update: July 21, 2008
Excerpt: Tire Inflation Pressure Monitor Systems (TPMS) are being used on more and more new vehicles. Low tires are potentially dangerous, especially if a vehicle is heavily loaded and traveling at highway speeds during hot weather. A low tire under these conditions is a blowout waiting to happen. The inflation pressure of the tires should be checked regularly, but many motorists do not check their tires. That is why Tire Pressure Monitor Systems are coming into use.