ORO-TEK TPMS Sensors
ORO-TEK tire-pressure-monitoring sensors are a drop-in replacement for OEM TPMS sensors, and will link to your vehicle’s TPMS system in the exact same manner as the original units. Don’t reuse a nearly worn-out sensor when you get new wheels, and avoid another mount and balance charge when the old sensor dies. Avoid rim damage to your expensive alloy wheels by minimizing the number of times they have to go on the mounting machine, too.
- Oro-Tek™TPMS Sensorfrom $50.00
Federal law mandates that new vehicles sold since Sept. 1, 2007 be equipped with a tire-pressure-monitoring system that illuminates a warning light when your tire pressures drop below a certain threshold. When a sensor is replaced with a fresh one, or whenever the tires are rotated the system needs to relearn the sensor’s serial number and what corner of the car they’re mounted on. This involves going through a complicated and sometimes obscure procedure or using an expensive TPMS scan tool.
Reusing an OEM sensor after a few years on the road doesn’t make sense compared to replacing it with a new sensor, because the older sensor has a limited lifespan, and the time the technician will spend installing and relearning the new sensor is exactly the same either way. Ditto for swapping the sensors in and out of a set of snow tires. (Federal law makes it illegal for a tire/wheel technician to deliberately disable the system by not installing a sensor on vehicles that came with a TPMS system as original equipment. He must install either our old sensors or new ones before he can give the car back to you.)
Maintaining your tire pressures at the manufacturer’s suggested PSI is critical. Low tire pressures degrade the handling and grip your tires provide, making it more difficult to brake in an emergency or stay on the correct line when cornering. Low tire pressures also accelerate tire tread wear, as the rubber squirms on the road and wears off prematurely. In addition, a 4-PSI-drop in the pressure of all four tires from the manufacturer’s suggested inflation will drop your fuel economy by almost 3%. Remember that even if the TPMS is working as designed, tire pressures can get inappropriately low before the warning light comes on. The correct pressure for your car is printed on a decal in the doorsill or glove box. It’s also in the owner’s manual. A functioning TPMS will make it simpler to keep your pressures correct, but there’s no substitute for a moderately-priced tire pressure gauge. Buy one for around 5 bucks and keep it in the glove box.
| Posted by W Dale | (Carencro, LA)
Price is a little high, work ok so far, wish they came in black.