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News   May 3, 2013   by Auto Service World

New VDO REDI-Sensor video warns technicians on extra-step programming for some TPMS sensors

Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has released a new video in its TPMS training series. Titled, “TPMS Vehicle Relearn vs. TPMS Sensor Programming,” the new video highlights the differences between a traditional TPMS vehicle relearn procedure and the new sensor programming procedure required by some ‘universal’ and ‘programmable’ TPMS sensors.

The video explains that ‘universal,’ ‘programmable’ and other replacement sensors that use ‘cloning’ are often manufactured as ‘blanks’ and must be programmed with software for the specific vehicle application before they can be used. This is a new, extra step and it may require specialized training and new tools. The video contrasts these new ‘extra-step’ sensors with VDO REDI-Sensor, a multi-application TPMS sensor that comes pre-programmed and ready, right out of the box, for vehicle installation, just like an OE sensor.

According to Steve Landis, product manager for Continental, “A vehicle relearn has always been required during sensor replacement, but now, some aftermarket sensors also require sensor programming prior to installation and relearn. This is a new, added step beyond the vehicle relearn procedure, and it requires a specific programming tool investment with specialized software for the sensor programming process. VDO REDI-Sensor never requires added TPMS sensor programming.” Landis also notes, “While the new programming step can be avoided by choosing REDI-Sensor, the vehicle relearn process confirms proper TPM System functionality and should never be skipped for any sensor, OE or aftermarket.”

VDO REDI-Sensor is a multi-application TPMS sensor that covers over 85% of all vehicles in North America with only three sensor SKUs and replaces over 140 OE sensors.  REDI-Sensor is designed to follow standard OE vehicle relearn procedures, and works with all major TPMS scan tools, including those from ATEQ, Bartec, OTC / SPX, K-Tool (T.I.P.S.) and Snap-on.

The “TPMS Vehicle Relearn vs. TPMS Sensor Programming” video can be seen on YouTube at:

The current series of REDI-Sensor TPMS training videos can be seen here:

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