What to Expect When Getting TPMS Serviced?
My car has TPMS. I haven't had it serviced yet at my repair facility. What should I expect when I get there?
- Verification that your TPMS sensors and system are functioning properly
- Service or replacement of any nonfunctioning component of your TPMS sensors
- Replacement of TPMS sensor sealing components (cap, core, grommet and nut)
- A "relearn" of your TPMS sensors to your vehicle's computer to program correct positioning of TPMS sensors
Verification that your TPMS system is functioning properly after tire service is complete
What if I have an extra set of tires and wheels (for snow tires or custom wheels)?
You can purchase a set of replacement sensors and have them installed in your extra set of tires or wheel assemblies. When the extra set of tires or wheel assemblies is mounted to the vehicle, your TPMS installer will have the ability to relearn the new sensors to the vehicle computer. When the original set of tires or wheel assemblies is reinstalled on the vehicle, the sensors will need to be relearned to the vehicle computer.
Why does tire maintenance with direct TPMS cost more?
TPMS-equipped tires cost slightly more to maintain than non-equipped tires because servicing TPMS requires extra parts, tools and labor. The TPMS valve service kit, which includes the valve core, (sealing) cap, nut and grommet (stem seal), must be replaced whenever a tire is dismounted for service or replacement. The service kit costs an average of $5 to $10 per wheel on most vehicles. A special TPMS programming tool and additional time are also needed to check and reset the TPMS system. In the event TPMS sensors need to be replaced, the cost can range from approximately $50-$100 each depending on vehicle type.
As a manufacturer of original equipment TPMS sensors, Schrader recommends that a service pack be used to replace the sealing components of the sensor, which includes the cap, valve core, grommet, nut and any other accessory supplied in the service pack. Replacing the service pack items ensures the integrity of the TPMS sensor and valve.