Tire Consultants Inc. announces TPMS batteries set to expire in 2013

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TPMS Sensor

Tire Consultants Inc. announces that TPMS (tire pressure monitoring systems) sensors phased into new vehicles during and after the 2006 to 2008 model years have batteries that are about to expire. The average life expectancy of sensor batteries is between 5 and 12 years with the average at 7 years. In 2013 the batteries in the 2006 model vehicles will begin to fail and the vehicle TPMS system dashboard light will indicate a failure on one or more of the sensors. Now don’t be alarmed just yet, remember this is a safety device meant to keep drivers safe. The real shock comes on the invoice with the replacement cost of each of these TPMS sensors. Five sensors will need to be replaced on the average vehicle. Four tires on the road and the spare tire each contain a TPMS sensor. Each sensor will need to be replaced because the batteries are non-replaceable. The cost of replacing just one sensor could reach as high as $100.

The tire dealers are aware of this future opportunity and are getting ready for the onslaught of dead batteries with creative sales campaigns. Some vehicles are equipped with more elaborate instrumentation that will pinpoint which sensor has failed allowing drivers that are handy with mechanical issues the option to change their own sensors. It is a mistake to buy used sensors as the batteries continue to age over time. It is also a mistake to purchase sensors of questionable quality. Finding the correct sensor for the vehicle can be a daunting task. Over time some vehicle models may have changed sensor types leading to confusion about which sensor goes with which vehicle. Upgrading the size and type of tire and wheel may also bring about a need for a completely different sensor. Thinking of not replacing the sensors or disconnecting the TPMS system? Tire failure investigators try to determine the many dynamics involved in a tire and wheel failure accident case.

The TPMS sensor system is on the list of items examined to determine if the system was tampered with. This information is considered evidence in court should a serious accident occur. Imagine the jury reaction after hearing of a turned off TPMS system or a removed sensor that may have prevented a traffic accident. The TPMS system is designed to keep the driver safe and informed of potential problems with the tires on the vehicle. The initial cost of sensor replacement is high but over the years, the added insurance of safely inflated tires is a good investment.

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