How to Install a Tire Pressure Monitoring System in Your Car

Hey Guys, ChrisFix here. And today Im going to show you how to install A tyre pressure monitoring system for your car or truck The tyre pressure monitoring system also known as TPMS Does exactly what it says. It tells you the pressure of each tyre in your car and lets you know if its getting to low. when you need to use your car most of the time, most people, me included, we just get in the car and go for our drive but what you should really do, is do a quick walk around. And check all your tyres to make sure they’re not flat. Make sure the car looks like it’s in good shape to drive. And in this case everything looks good. Now with the Tyre pressure monitoring system. Its telling me, Hey look that front right tyre is low on air. And if were to take another look at the front right tyre. It really doesn’t look bad, yet the pressure is half of what it should be. And with the TPMS you’ll be that much safer on the road Because you’ll know your tyre pressures all the time. And if ones low, Like in this situation, I’m not going to go out and drive on it I’m going to fill it up with air. Now a tyre pressure monitoring system like this, is an awesome feature to have. And the reason I’m showing this to you Because riding around on low tyres is dangerous. Its actually so dangerous And such a big problem in the United States That in 2007 It Became mandatory, that every car made after 2007 Has a tyre pressure monitoring system built in. So if your car is 2007 or later, go and check out your owners manual and it will tell you all about your tyre pressure monitoring system. Some systems like in my Ford Fiesta Are just going to tell that your tyres are low By illuminating a annoying light on the dashboard And then you need to go figure out which tyres are low. But some systems are pretty good And it will actually give you the individual tyre pressures on each tyre. Just like the one up on the screen and just like this now if you’re like me, the 2 cars I drive are older then 2007 I’ve got my 2001 truck And my 1996 Corvette SO right now if i want to go see what each pressure of my tyres are at, I need go down to each Tyre, and take the valve stem cover off And i have to get my tyre pressure gauge And check each individual tyre. And thats defiantly not convenient at all. So whats the solution you might ask. Well installing your very own tyre pressure monitoring sytem Now this kit was sent to my P.O BOX And thank you very much, because its hard to impress me, But I’m really loving this. Not only is this going to be useful on the road, but when i air down and go off road this is going to help me know where my tyre pressures are at As usual ill leave a link down in the discription to where you can get this kit So its easy to find if you’re interested Now let me go show you how to install this You can add one of these after market tyre pressure monitoring systems to pretty much any vehicle That has a tyre stem where you go fill up your air And it works if you already have a tyre pressure monitoring system already and you want to upgrade This kit has everything you need you don’t need any special tools or anything and we’ll start the installation by putting the screen in the cigarette lighter So find your vehicles cigarette lighter, and this plugs right in Just like that And now its searching for a signal, so now we need to install the pressure sensors Now in my vehicle the cigarette lighter always has power But in your vehicle you may need to put the key in the ignition and turn it to the run position like that and then your Cigarette lighter should be powered The next process is going to be repeated at all 4 wheels I’m just going to do it at the front driver side wheel to show you Before we go install the sensor, what you’ll want to do is get all your tyre pressures the same. for the stock tyre size, you can go into your door jam here and there’s a sticker and on this sticker it will tell you your tyre pressure for the front which is 30 PSI cold and for the rear 30 PSI cold You can also look on the tyre its self and this will give you the max pressure your tyre should be filled to But i suggest going by what the door jam sticker says So not only do we want to get the correct tyre pressure for our tyre I also want to see how accurate our sensor is so i have my very accurate tyre pressure gauge right here that i also check against these 2 gauges here and they’re all with in half a PSI And we have exactly 30 PSI on the front Now that we know the pressures correct, lets go install our pressure sensor this is real simple, slide the dust boot over the stem tighten down the security lock nut and then grab the correct labeled sensor In this case the front left sensor And just tighten down till its snug and don’t hear air leaking out anymore Just like that To prevent people from stealing the sensor The nut you put on, tightens up against the sensor And then you use a spanner and a wheel wrench to lock the sensor in place So now this wont come off, unless you have these tools which is a good thing, because now you can’t steal it But its also a pain because you have to keep this in your glove box If you ever need to air up Now the final step is to grab some soapy water and just spray it down and look for bubbles if there’s bubbles, it means there’s a leak So you have to undo the nut and tighten this down more this is what a leaking sensor looks like with bubbles forming But with the sensor we just did i don’t see any bubbles so we can slide that dust cover over the sensor And we are done ! Now just repeat these steps for each tyre Putting the Dust boot on, Then lock nut, then the sensor and tighten it all down. Its that easy ! Now that all the sensors are installed Lets go inside and look at the screen So with my testing at different pressures, my air pressure gauge is within 1 PSI of the TPMS Which is pretty accurate, and our screen synced up to the correct pressures for each tyre Now when you’re driving along, the screen is right there, it’s really easy to see and you’ll know exactly what pressure your tyres are at If you’re braking constantly, the front tyres are going to warm up faster so the front brakes are going to create heat, heat up these tyres, every 10°F the air heats up in the tyre you get +1 PSI And the same thing goes for when its cold in the morning For every 10°F the temperature goes down, you’re going to see -1 PSI less And if 1 tyre goes down below 20 PSI where it starts getting dangerous The sensor will let you know by beeping, Just like this Now after you’ve finished driving and you pull the key out of the ignition on my car, this cigarette lighter is always hot, there’s always power The cool thing about this is it shuts off, just like that because it knows the cars off So now it won’t be draining my battery Hopefully you learnt something new about tyre pressure And also how to install your own tyre pressure sensors Any time i come across cool stuff that I really like that i think you guys are going to like I’m going to share it with you and this is one of them As always links to the products i use are located in the description so you can easily find them and check them out your self and don’t forget to give the video a thumbs up and if you’re not subscribed, Consider subscribing oh yeah, One last thing Don’t forget to put your wrenches inside your glove compartment

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