Today we got a very special visit from the local radio celebrity Tim Littlechild from 2BR Radio. Tim and the team at 2BR have been carrying out random acts of kindness and visiting local workplaces making Tea for the Team sponsored by Yesss Electrical.
We were all excited to get a proper brew – as neither of our brew boys Chris and Paul can make a proper cuppa!
Tim arrived just before lunch in his super little 2BR Car, delivering us 10 new Mugs.
Beccy was quoted as giving him 10 out of 10 for his fab brew.
So listen out for Beccy on Friday’s morning show with Tim on 2BR.
We found this clip on YouTube: Troublesome Tyre Pressure Faults – with the TPMS are more common than you think…. and not always the fault of the sensor.
Please note this is an American Video that was a result of faults with Fords, however we have seen this happen in the UK to various makes and models. Although these faults TPMS are rarer here due to higher controls on electronics and chargers.
Interference can be caused mainly by cheap mobile chargers, and other in car devices. They lack the proper shielding and components that ensure they don’t interfere with other devices that use radio signals.
Hey Guys, today I want to talk to you about the tyre pressure monitoring system that was federally mandated in 2009, in new vehicles. This is passenger and light duty trucks, and cars; and we are starting to see a lot of weird faults on them. Weird faults that many independent shops even Ford dealers, may be misdiagnosing because it is so weird and intermittent and we are going to go over a couple of them in case you are finding them yourself or you have a shop that just can’t figure it out.
So the way the system works, is there’s either a valve mounted tyre pressure sensor or a banded tyre pressure sensor inside each wheel. It broadcasts the tyre pressure back to the module from each wheel. And the way it wakes up to actually send that signal out is by you going down the road and the wheel spins, round and round and round opens a read switch and turns it on and it will start broadcasting the tyre pressure every 30 seconds as long as you are above a certain mile per hour. So it’s constantly looking it, the module is constantly looking for it and if it’s not getting that reading it will throw a fault code for one or more tyre pressure sensors not reading correctly and there is also another code; the code I’m talking about is a 2278A and that’s where the module does not see all four of them for 20 minutes or more, that’s a long time to see the fault. So either there are all four of the wrong or bad – unlikely, or the modules bad – possibly or there is interference.
In the way it talks to them it’s radio frequency, so just like any other radio frequency device – radio stations whatever they can get interference. They can get enough interference that it overpowers or blocks that signal, so that module over there cannot receive the tyre pressure. Now the most common cause is interference within the vehicle, now I’m talking like power inverters, chargers, and chargers for the kids games systems all kinds of accessories not OEM stuff. The example I got here and the most common in cars is cellphone chargers, the really cheap ones like this one, and you can see from the plastic right here you can just tell it’s a really cheaply type of cellphone charger, that’ll cost like $2. It a FIFO brand whatever that is.
This one was actually causing interference, on a 2012 Ford Escape and the customer did not believe us that it could be interference from within the vehicle causing a sensor fault, he wanted warranty etc. Then he took this in his rental car we gave him which was like a 2009-2010 Focus, which had the tyre pressure monitoring system. So he took this with him for the day… and guess what – same thing came on his dash after a while, tyre pressure sensor fault and it’s all because these cheaper chargers and devices they can provide a lot of interference they just dont have the guts inside them to provide shielding, or the higher quality components. So they just put out all this interference and that signal never gets to the module and it doesn’t see all four of them.
Now also… I’ve seen this on a police package vehicle on a 2013 Ford Explorer, police package and it had all the radios in and was already done up and they had a problem with the tyre pressure monitoring system also. That one the first thing we do usually is retrain them so to see which ones not responding to the tool and that one I could train the rear ones – makes sense that the rear ones are furthest away from the module at the front. I had to turn all the radios off, turning everything off and pulling the fuses – only then was I able to train all of them. Now I understand with that that there were so many radios with interference that it could happen, but you got to realise even from something this small it made this crappy I guess I should just say – it is going to cause a lot of interference.
Now the way you are going to tell that it is a tyre pressure sensor fault and not just a low tyre is in the cluster – in the high series its going to say it’s a tyre pressure sensor fault, but on the low series all you got is the warning icon so when you go to start the car it’s going to flash – that’s how you know there is a fault and not just the low tyre.
So I just wanted to get this out there because a lot of people are getting frustrated with these, and shops maybe not be able to diagnose them even dealers may not be able to diagnose because they don’t see them that often.
The other thing is if you drop your car off for day and take the charger with you they definitely wont be able to diagnose it, before you take it to the shop get all this stuff out of the vehicle then go for a drive, do a key cycle go for a drive and then the sensors will automatically wake up and broadcast after 20-30 mph they will send it to the control module. The control module will see it and clear the fault, in the message centre and you’ll be good to go. You will know at that point that it was just interior electronics causing the problems and it will save you a whole lot of hassle.
The benefits of TPMS aren’t always obvious, especially when your dealer tells you it will cost £££ to fix or maintain. But at the TPMS Warehouse we have a selection of TPMS replacements and maintenance options and the all important Retro Fit Kit if your vehicle doesn’t have a factory fit system.
The main process of the sensors are to send an early warning system that illuminates a warning light when the tyre has lost 10% or over the correct pressure.
The system is constantly monitoring the pressures of the tyres, therefore it will decrease the potential for blow-outs or any accidents related to tyre pressure.
TPMS makes for a safer vehicle, and is required as a standard safety feature on all new vehicles sold after November 2014 in Europe.
This system also saves YOU money! Having incorrect pressure in your tyres will lead to uneven tyre wear, meaning the tyres will need replacing sooner. They also improve fuel efficiency if the incorrect pressure is in the tyres. Low pressure causes more tread will be in contact with the ground, which in-turn causes friction resulting in using more power and fuel to move the vehicle. Therefore having the correct pressure reduces the rolling resistance – saving you fuel.
The correct pressure in each tyre also adds greater stability, handling and braking efficiency which is safer for you and other road users.
They are environmentally friendly, due to the fuel you’ll be saving because of this safety device lowering emissions and resulting in longer tyre usage.
A TPMS system saves you time by ensuring you are aware of the tyre pressures on every journey, whereas a driver of an older vehicle without TPMS should be manually checking the pressures before every journey.
They also save time in the event of an incident – some systems can tell you which tyre has an issue so that you can quickly bring the vehicle to a stop and go straight to the issue.
The Benefits of a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Video from the USA.
If you need to replace a failed TPMS sensor, we have several products to consider thanks to our wide coverage and after market options. TPMS Warehouse is the way to go to find the Best TPMS Sensors.
All our replacement TPMS feature the trusted two-piece design, you can replace the valve stem independently of the sensor. The sensor comes with an adjustable angled stem for a precise fitment.
Among the most important components of your vehicle, the tires are a crucial part that significantly affects its overall performance and safety. It is essential to maintain your tires at the proper tire pressure since it prolongs their lifespan and helps maintain your vehicle’s handling, braking, and fuel efficiency. Keep your factory TPMS working at its best with TPMS warehouse Sensors. This product is designed to detect and warn the driver when one or more tires are significantly under-inflated. Programmed specifically for your vehicle, the sensor will provide the same service as your original sensor, although the appearance may vary from the factory-installed unit.
The two-piece construction that allows you to replace the aluminium valve stem independently of the sensor ensures longevity and serviceability. The TPMS sensor includes an adjustable angled stem to provide an exact fit, while the internal electronics are customized for your specific vehicle. As for installation, our product accommodates variable installation angles from 5 to 40 degrees and comes with grommet, stem unit, hex nut, and washer to easily do the job. What is no less important, the sensor works with existing TPMS tools and equipment.
Backed by manufacturer warranty up to 2 years or 24,000 miles.
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