09 - May -

Keeping you Safe TPMS A Legal Requirement Since 2014

Article written by Bush Tyres

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensors

TPMS sensors relay live tyre pressure information to your car’s onboard computer in real time. Any change in tyre pressure will display a warning on the dashboard and alert the driver that one or more of the tyres has reduced pressure. If this occurs you should reduce your speed as quickly and as safely as you can, identify a suitable location to pull over, which will not put you in any unnecessary danger, from here you can check all your tyres for signs of damage or punctures marks. A sudden loss of pressure can be dangerous, especially at motorway speeds.

Before setting off on a long journey the majority of motorists will generally check their tyre pressures, however the advice we give in all our depots is that you should always visually check your tyres for any signs of wear or damage before driving off. This is especially important for journeys which involve motorway driving.

At Bush Tyres, our fully trained TPMS experts offer a FREE inspection of your vehicles TPMS. This will establish the current tyre pressures and the health of the electronic system, including, where possible, the battery level status of each individual sensor. If required, we can reset your TPMS and replace the TPMS valves where applicable.

Removing the old valves, fitting new ones, and re-programming the valves is exactly the service the owner of this Ford Ranger visited us for recently. The old standard valves that were fitted to these after market alloy wheels were removed and then replaced with new OEM sensors. OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacture” which in simple terms, means it came fitted to the vehicle when it first rolled off the production line. Our technicians programmed these new OEM sensors to match the vehicle.

The work that was undertaken will keep the owner from having any unexpected issues with the TPMS system, and they will have peace of mind that the car is fully road legal when it comes round to its first MOT.

After being a legal requirement for manufacturers to fit TPMS systems in 2014, it wasn’t until January 2015 that the systems in question became a mandatory test item on the annual MOT inspection for vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2012.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems ADAS

Many modern vehicles are fitted with other intelligent systems as well as TPMS monitoring. These other systems also help keep you safe on the road and reduce accidents. The systems can only keep you safe if they are active and calibrated correctly.

As well as TPMS repair and calibration, Bush Tyres have all the necessary training and equipment to check and calibrate the radar and camera-based systems fitted to your vehicle. If you have any concerns about any of these systems, from Radar Cruise, to Park Assist, Surround View or Collision Warning, emergency braking or pedestrian detection, etc. Bush Tyres can help, and often save you time and money compared to the main dealer’s service. If you have any warning messages on your dashboard, or if you’ve had any suspension component repairs conducted, you should always get your vehicle checked by trained professionals afterwards, to ensure, that these safety systems are performing correctly.

Should you find one day that you have a warning light showing for your TPMS sensors, or if any radar and camera based ADAS systems are not working correctly. Please rest assured that all our Bush Tyres locations can check your vehicles TPMS. By simply calling into one of our many branches we will be happy to provide you a FREE TPMS check.

For a specialist ADAS check you will need to book an appointment at one of our ADAS centres. Click on the button below to get booked in!


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