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How to Choose the Right Tyre Pressure Monitoring System for Your Vehicle?


It is important to maintain proper tyre pressure for fuel efficiency, safe driving and extending the lifespan of tyres. The common practice is to check tyre pressure with a gauge manually but this task is made more convenient with tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).

The TPMS sensors and systems have become more and more advanced over the years and now there are many options to suit different vehicle types and user preferences. There are direct and indirect tyre pressure monitoring systems. In direct option, the sensors are installed inside each tyre and these will be mounted on the valve stem or attached to the wheel rim. The tyre pressure will be directly measured by the sensors and the data will be transmitted wirelessly to a receiver that is in the vehicle cabin. You can enjoy real time monitoring with the direct tyre pressure monitoring system and the driver will be alerted when there is low pressure. In the indirect system, tyre pressure is monitored using the anti-lock braking system of the vehicle. When there is a change in wheel speed and tyre rotation, the system will detect it and connect it to tyre pressure. This system is more affordable and easier to install. But you will not be able to have real-time pressure readings. It can also be less accurate compared to the direct system.

You have to consider

Compatibility of the system with the make, model and year of your vehicle. Some tyre pressure monitoring systems are designed specifically for certain vehicle brands or models. You can also find universal systems and these can be installed in a wide range of vehicles. You have to check the specifications of the manufacturer and compatibility to see whether the system you are considering is suitable for your vehicle. The display options of the system should be assessed. Think about what suits your needs and preferences better. There are dashboard mounted displays where the tyre pressure readings will be shown in real-time. This can be quite convenient and you will be able to read this while you are driving.

Some modern tyre pressure monitoring systems

Can be integrated to your smartphone so that you can view the tyre pressure data through a dedicated app. This will allow you to monitor tyre pressure remotely. There are also built-in displays that can be integrated to your infotainment system or instrument cluster. The sensor battery life has to be considered as these will need to be replaced from time to time. You have to check the expected battery life of the sensors and whether they can be replaced. Some systems will have long lasting batteries. The installation requirements have to be assessed as well if you plan to install it as a DIY project. Some systems will need professional installation especially direct tyre pressure monitoring systems. It is much easier to install the indirect systems as there is minimal setup. The monitoring capabilities of the system should be considered. Some additional features you will come across in certain systems are temperature monitoring and tyre rotation monitoring.

Keira Gilmore
the authorKeira Gilmore