What You Need To Know About Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

What You Need To Know About Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems

Posted on June 12, 2015 by

Shredded tyre at the side of a roadYou may not have known this (we didn’t!) but since November 2014, all new vehicles have been fitted with tyre pressure monitoring systems as standard. Some manufacturers had been using the technology for quite some time beforehand, so you may well have an older vehicle which uses the safety system to make sure tyre pressure stays at an appropriate level, as well as checking for any unusual temperature changes.

The monitors work by transmitting data from a pressure sensor in the dust cap protecting the valve of each tyre to the dashboard. A warning light on the dashboard alerts the driver to any potentially concerning changes to the tyre pressure, such as low or imbalance pressure. Generally, the monitoring system will be programmed to transmit information of changes of at least 6-7 psi or around 20% of the tyre’s overall pressure. As you may expect, the monitoring system will need to be regularly checked and maintained, just as with any other piece of equipment in your vehicle. Replacement may also be required periodically.

Why install a tyre pressure monitoring system?

If you have an older vehicle which wasn’t equipped with a tyre pressure monitoring system as standard and are considering having one installed, you may be asking yourself what the benefits of doing so are. There is a good reason for manufacturers deciding to include the equipment in all new builds, meaning it is definitely worth fitting one if possible.

The benefits of a tyre pressure monitoring system include:

  • Improved safety as properly inflated tyres result in shorter, more reliable braking distances
  • Lower fuel consumption when driving on properly inflated tyres
  • Reduced CO2 emissions achieved by driving on correctly inflated tyres
  • Reduced risk of tears in tyre surface

Maintaining a tyre pressure monitoring system

If you do buy a new vehicle which has a TPMS installed as standard, or decide to fit one to your existing vehicle, bear in mind that the systems now form part of the MOT test. As such, a fault in the system will result in an “advisory” for vehicles produced before 2012, while a newer vehicle will fail MOT testing should the warning light be illuminated.

Your TPMS should be checked regularly and included as part of any service carried out on your vehicle. As a general rule of thumb, the system should last approximately 6 years or 100,000 miles before the valve pressure sensor batteries need to be replaced. Should a full replacement be required, most mechanics will be able to install a new sensor which clones existing information, or as near as possible.

TyrePal tyre pressure monitoring system

Our friends at TyrePal have provided us with the following information, explaining why tyre pressure monitoring systems are important for those towing caravans.

It is a known fact that blow-outs are a major factor in insurance claims especially with caravans – one insurance company reports that of their road traffic accident claims:

  • 33% resulted from tyre blow-out
  • 33% resulted from collisions with other road users
  • 14% were caused by wheel loss
  • 9% were caused by detachment of the unit from the tow vehicle
  • 9% as a result of a snaking incident
  • 2% due to unidentified causes

A TyrePal tyre pressure monitoring system monitors continuously the temperature and pressure of your tyres – and warns you when things are going wrong:

  • High pressure affecting braking distance, tyre wear and road holding
  • Low pressure causing excessive fuel consumption and tyre wear
  • Overheating which increases the possibility of a blowout or fire

Apart from giving you warning before a blowout, monitoring your tyre pressures can save money by reducing fuel consumption and tyre wear and it can help to reduce CO? emissions.

All that is required is for the user to replace their tyre dust caps with sensors which transmit pressure and temperature information wirelessly to a monitor in the cab. The cost of a TyrePal system is as low as £135 with 2 sensors for a caravan.

For more information on the TyrePal system, the manufacturer’s website has an in-depth FAQ section.

Checking your tyre pressure with TyrePal

If you would like to see how easy it is to work a TyrePal tyre pressure monitoring system, spend just over a minute watching this video we produced in collaboration with the Mobile Caravan Engineers Association.


TyrePal tyre pressure monitoring system

Our Freedom and Evolve caravan insurance schemes offer a 5% discount to customers who have Tyrepal fitted to their caravans.  Call our caravan team on 01480 402460 for more details.

If you are a Lifesure customer, you can get a 15% discount off the cost of TyrePal products. Login to the MyLifesure section of our website to get the code that you’ll need.

Additional tyre safety with Tyron bands

Tyron bands are fitted to the wheel of a car, caravan or motorhome and work by locking the wheel and tyre together in the event of a blowout, preventing too much movement and allowing the driver to retain as much control as possible. The band also protects the wheel rim from the damage associated with driving on a blown-out tyre.

We have previously written an article on Tyron bands, which contains all the information you need as well as a short video. Those interested in the bands can find the article here.

For a great deal on your car insurance don’t forget to give us a call.  We have already searched the market to find the best deals and have access to insurers that don’t appear on the price comparison websites. Call our team on 01480 402460 for a quote – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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Raymond kot 5th July 2015

Once a great add with good information
But once again no information ware to go and buy the
Product

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    Sandra Hamilton 5th July 2015

    Hi Raymond,

    Thank you for your comment.

    You can purchase the Tyrepal monitoring systems direct from Tyrepal (http://www.tyrepal.co.uk) or from a number of retailers including some dealerships and websites like Amazon.

    Tyrepal also exhibit at a number of the industry shows throughout the year.

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Barry daly 11th July 2015

I have used the tyrepal system for 3 years now, gives great peace of mind. Last year was the first time I got a warning from it, my tyres were slightly overinflated so was able to rectify it en route. Without the tyre pressure monitors I wouldn’t have known. Tyrepal are slightly fiddle to install but the company are extremely helpful.

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John Henn 30th July 2015

I am very interested in having tyre pressure monitors fitted. I live in Walsall, West Midlands. If possible could you supply me with anyone who lives in or near Walsall, West Midlands.
Thank you very much.
Regards
John Henn

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    Sandra Hamilton 31st July 2015

    Hi John,

    Thank you for your question.

    The Tyrepal system can be fitted by yourself as it is very easy to do (part of the beauty of the product), they simply replace the existing dust caps on your tyres.

    The tricky bit is choosing which system is most suitable and how many sensors you need. If you have a car and caravan combination then this is probably your best solution – http://www.tyrepal.co.uk/products/caravan-and-motorhome-tyre-pressure-monitor

    I hope that this helps.

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BRIAN EDWARDS-LETHBRIDGE 31st August 2015

I think that tyre pressure sensors are a bit ‘gimiky’ If tyres are checked for condition and tyre pressures are checked regularly there shouldn’t be a problem. I have a Megane with sensors fitted and when one of them flew apart and fired the valve core across the garage forecourt, I was checking my pressures at the time luckily, it cost £30 for a new valve and a further £75 to have it fitted and programmed into the computer, which involves plugging it in and pressing a few buttons. A week later the other rear valve did the same thing. I have now had ‘ordinary’ valves fitted and the tyre pressure sensor programme taken off of the system,even that cost £50. I think it’s probably just another way for main dealers to rip you off.

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Phillip Alexander 19th September 2015

It’s a great system and when you look at the price, it is less than the cost of a couple of average priced tyres.
I fitted them to my motorhome and when you are on the Continent travelling down muggers alley and a car comes past and the occupants indicate you have a tyre problem, you can sit there, wave back, in the smug knowledge that your tyre temperature’s and pressure’s are normal.
They are a little fiddly to fit with the small Allen key, but as you have 4 positions to fit the tiny grub screw it is a simple case of noting which hole is most convenient, remove the unit, reposition the grub screw as appropriate, replace unit and tighten.

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Phillip Alexander 19th September 2015

The Tyrepal system unit replaces the dust cap, it DOES not replace the valve, so NOT the same as the
Renault system.

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JOHN MATTHEWS 30th March 2017

I HAVE USED TYREPAL FOR A FEW YEARS AND IT DOES GIVE GOOD INDICATIONS. WHAT IS NOT POINTED OUT IS HOW HOT THE TYRES GET WHEN UNDER NORMAL RUNNING AND HOW THIS AFFECTS THE PRESSURE

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james sherville 20th July 2017

We have a ford B Max 3 years old and fitted with the TPMS we are getting nothing but trouble from the system the warning light came on we took it to the garage had the two front tyres blown up, but over the next few months the fault kept recurring same drop in pressure, The tyres were inspected and were fine Eventually we had the front valves replaced, all seemed well but after only a few weeks on came the warning light now the two back tyres were the problem same result same remedy. thats 4 valves replaced, and guess what the flipping light is on again seems the front left hand tyre is losing pressure, completely fed up with this system. The garage tells me they have had several cars displaying the same symptoms

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