What Is TPMS and Do You Need One?

woman checking tire pressure and inflating car tireAre your car tires properly inflated?

Do you know that low tire air pressure can be life-threatening?

Low tire pressure will not only make your car burn more fuels and wear out your car tires fast, but it will also make your car tires run hot and affect your handling and car stability. The worst case that can happen is that tire blowout while you are driving fast on the highway.

Thus, regularly checking your car tire pressure is very vital, it should be maintained at optimum pressure all the time if possible.

By doing this, you can ensure your safety and also save you a lot of money in the long run.

How to do that? The simple way is to have a pressure gauge around with you all the time. 🙂

Use pressure gauge to measure tire pressure

Is that a good idea? Hell no!

I don’t want to bring a pressure gauge all the time and every 5 to 10 days that I need to bend down my knees to measure the tire pressure. Just by thinking about it already put me off.

Moreover, tires have the ability to lose their air pressure without looking deflated, and not many drivers, even the experienced ones, can identify this slow leakage.

Conclusion, for your safety sake, you just can’t run away from doing this tedious check on your tire pressure regularly.

Thanks to today’s technological advancement in the auto industry, we have a lot of Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) products available on the market now.

What Is TPMS?

TPMS is an electronic system that helps the driver to monitor his or her vehicle’s tire pressure. It will alert the driver when any of his or her car’s tire pressure are abnormal.

There are two kinds of TPMS:
InDirect TPMS
Direct TPMS

The terms “direct” and “indirect” are there just to specify whether the TPMS system measures the tire pressure directly from the tire valve stem or not.

For an indirect TPMS, its method of detecting low tire pressure is by comparing the rotational speed of all the tires via the vehicle’s Anti-lock Brake System(ABS) wheel speed sensors.

For instance, if one of the tires loses air, it will become slightly “smaller” in shape, and thus, it will spin faster than the rest of the tires. This system can only tell you whether any of your tires is low pressure, nothing else.

One of the weaknesses of this TPMS system is that when all the tires of your vehicle are low pressure at about, e.g., 160kPa. It might detect nothing! The reason is that the rotational speeds for all the tires are roughly the same.

Two more drawbacks, indirect TPMS will not tell you the exact air pressure readings of your tire and its temperature. As we all know, the temperature of the tire is very important, especially when in low tire pressure situation (small puncture on tire, and it is leaking). The temperature will slowly build up to the extent where it breaks the internal structure of tire, which results in tire blowout.

A direct TPMS system is invented to improve all the weaknesses found in the indirect TPMS. Instead, it attached a pressure sensor onto the tire valve stem to measure air pressure of the tire directly. The sensor also has a transmitter built in to send tire pressure information to a receiver unit inside driver’s car. Thus, the pressure sensed is the real air pressure reading of your tire and is very accurate.

It not only can inform driver on low tire pressure but also when tire pressure is high. Obviously, an overly-inflated tire will not do you any good. The tire tread will wear off faster since the tire’s contact surface to the road is smaller now.

FOBO Tire-Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 TPMS

An even more advanced direct TPMS is that it can send information to your smartphone and alert driver through the smartphone. With the invention of Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) technology, you can monitor your tire pressure even when your car ignition is off. It does not need to tie to your vehicle’s electronic system to function anymore.

A perfect example of these is the FOBO Tire system. With the FOBO Tire system, you can practically monitor your tires 24/7 because even when the ignition is off, you can check your numbers and make sure that your tires are ready to go. It’s the World’s first Bluetooth 4.0 Smart TPMS.

Conclusion, the direct TPMS is the system to go. Although it’s a bit costly, it is safer to use, and it will save you more money in the long run because it takes care a lot more aspects of your tire and thus your tire’s lifetime will be longer.

What Can TPMS Do For You?

Here are the benefits of using a TPMS for your vehicles:

  • It Monitors and Checks Tire Air Pressure for You Real Time

TPMS enables you to stay updated on your tires’ air pressures, regardless of whether we’re talking about your car, bike, motorcycle, trike or quad. It alerts you if any of the situations below happened:
– Tire air pressure too low Or;
– Tire temperature too high Or;
– Tire air pressure too high.

Advanced TPMS like FOBO Tire alerts you via your smartphone and receiver unit in real time. When you receive an alert, it might be just one tire that does not have the right pressure. Your smartphone shows you exactly which one, its pressure reading, and its temperature. With this system, you can keep your tires at optimum air pressure and thus can increase your tire’s lifetime.

  • It Saves You Money and Keeps You Safe

The average driver, who drives over 20.000 kilometers yearly using deflated tires, uses about 550 extra liters of fuel, and that is the kind of money you do not want to waste. We should also mention that tires that are deflated can cause many accidents. With TPMSs, you will be doing both yourself and others a favor, since many countries are mandating that all vehicles are sold equipped with a TPMS.

  • It’s Easy To Install

Having said all of the above, if your vehicle is not equipped with a TPMS, it is important to have it installed. There are a lot of TPMS products out there, but I think the TPMS designed and manufactured by FOBO is the best in the world right now. It is not a perfect product yet, but I consider it the most considerate TPMS system now. With the FOBO Tire system, the installation is simple. It’s all DIY! You can install this system all by yourself in just under five minutes. You download the APP and install on your smartphone. Then you screw the pressure sensors onto your valves. After that, you are all set to go.

Screenshot of FOBO Share

One more good feature about FOBO Tire. Its sensors are theft deterrent – if they get stolen, they cannot be reused because each FOBO Tire sensor is locked to one FOBO account. Also, the package contains anti-theft nuts and a wrench to lock the sensors and prevent them from being stolen. A two level anti-theft system. For other brands, you only have anti-theft lock nuts and wrench available to secure your sensors. Their sensors are not tied to its owner. Once stolen, it’s reusable by someone else.

Ok, let me wrap it up here. The purpose of having a pressure monitoring system is that you are always warned that one or more tires are not set up well, and you will easily avoid driving in unsafe conditions. Many accidents can be avoided with a TPMS, and that is one of its main advantages. Before there were TPMS devices and sensors, people had to leave the car, squat down next to the wheel and measure the tire pressure using a tire gauge.

Luckily, this is now way easier, especially with the FOBO Tire system, since you can check your tire pressure no matter where you are with just one click. So, we hope that you now realize what TPMS is exactly and that you really need it. Do not wait around anymore, purchase your own set, and provide both yourself and your vehicle the stability and safety.

 

12 comments

  • Riaz Shah

    Hey Rick,
    Wow this is definitely some facts I never knew about, I never knew that I can increase the chance of a tire blowout just like that.

    This is definitely the first time I’ve heard of TPMS, its pretty cool that I can check my tire pressure from my phone.

    I always set a date on my Calendar to pump air every first of the month but sometimes along the way I feel like the air is dissapearing. Maybe its because I drive through rough areas and the bumps release some air?

    • Rick

      Hi Riaz, yes, definitely yes. You should always try to avoid rough areas and bumps. It will do you no good. 🙂 That’s why a TPMS system can help you to make sure your tire pressure is always at optimum pressure. I am glad that my article helps you. 🙂

  • Peter

    Hi Rick, I think your site explains and covers the benefits of having TPMS fitted to your car. I could not find the cost to have this system installed. If it is price competitive I think a quite a few would be interested and I guess a lot would not be interested, not being car concious.
    Having said that, if people only took the time to look at all the advantages and long term saving costs, it would be attractive not only cost wise but for human safety

    • Rick

      Hi Peter, yes, I didn’t state the price in my article. From the company’s official website, it costs USD$179 for one set of FOBO Tire. I think the price is pretty reasonable. 🙂

  • Eddy

    Thanks for breaking down the different type of systems. I just got a screw in one of my tires this morning. My sensor told me I had low tire pressure but it didn’t specify which one.

    So this after market option you’re suggesting is pretty damn cool. I definitely have to check it out. Thanks for the informative article. It was super helpful.

    • Rick

      Hi Eddy, yes, that’s the problem of indirect TPMS. It only alerts you when low tire pressure. Once it’s on, you have to send your car for checking. For you case, it’s ok because you really got a screw in it. But for some situation, it’s just normal leaking that causing low pressure. So maybe your mechanic just pump the tire for you and charge you money, which actually you can do it at home and save that money if you have a TPMS like Fobo Tire that can tell you what’s wrong with your tires. Anyway, I am glad that this post is useful to you. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • Tiago Epalanga

    Hey Rick!

    Great tip!
    After reading your post I really have to check my cars tires pressure! I do check the oil level quite often but I must confess that tires pressure is not something I quite often check, but from now one I will.
    That TPMS is really good. It makes it easy when it comes to monitorize the air pressure levels on the tires, just in case we forge to do it! I have the bad habit of checking tires pressure when I am about to do big trips!

    Thank you for sharing such useful post!

    • Rick

      Hi Tiago, I am glad that you find this post useful to you because that’s the purpose I put up this website. Thank you. 🙂

  • maria

    This is a great site! Not many people pay attention to their tire pressure unless their gauge is lighting up! I really like the set up of the site and how you just get right down to the information. Idea of having a bluetooth device to monitor pressure is an amazing idea! How awesome!

    • Rick

      Thanks Maria. 🙂 I hope you find the information useful. I hope to let as many people know about as possible. TPMS really do safe life.

  • Hi.. Awesome write up.. Where can i get the TPMS in Penang?

    • Hi Zainul, thanks for stopping by. 🙂 I hope my article is helpful to you.
      Are you from Penang too? I am staying in Penang island.
      If you interested in Fobo Tire, please let me know, I will email you details, is that ok?

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