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Post by Tufty on Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:46 pm

I am new to TPMS but have concerns
When the battery in the valve goes it will put up a light on the dashboard
Batteries are not replaceable and you need a new valve which can be £80 per wheel
I would choose to have plain valves fitted but this will cause a warning light
Kwikfit say this will be an MOT fail but I have checked with a local inspector and it is NOT a fail
Another bit of technology we don't need and is still not a substitute for proper checks

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Post by Gar Green on Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:00 pm

It is a fail I’m afraid. It’s technology we don’t need, but technology that .GOV requires I’m afraid
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Post by Tufty on Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:26 pm

This seems an interesting topic
Owners could be faced with bills in excess of £360 for no good reason

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Post by Tufty on Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:36 pm

If you check the government site with questions used to assess MOT testers the answer is to issue a PASS if the light is on

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Post by JOHNWALES on Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:22 pm

How long do these bloody batteries last then ???

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Post by Tufty on Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:44 pm

I believe about 7 years
This is something that is going to start to have an impact in a few years time then the public will wake up to the consequences of this unnecessary technology that is obligatory on all new cars

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Post by Fin69 on Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:11 pm

TPMS are as unnecessary as a spare wheel or airbags. They only prove their worth when you need them.

I have an aftermarket TPMS fitted to my Skoda Octavia Scout (strangely it is one of the few models that did not come with it fitted as standard) and since installation it has detected 2 out of 3 punctures that I was able to get repaired before more permanent damage was caused.

One of the punctures it detected was in a location that I would not have been able to observe unless I had either jacked the car up or taken the wheel off, but due to the continued alarm I gave the tyre a more thorough going over.

The puncture it did not detect was not causing a leak, hence no loss in pressure. I only noticed it whilst cleaning the wheel arches and had fortunately turned the wheel to give better access.

Wait until it does what it is intended to do, and then tell me you still think it is unnecessary.

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Post by JOHNWALES on Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:43 pm

If they last seven years in my opinion not a really big issue. There will be many replaced parts required by that time which will take a damned site more than £360 out of your pockets.

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Post by nib4722 on Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:14 pm

I bought 4 tpms for £140 + £10 to have fitted , so not too painful

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Post by Admin on Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:58 pm

nib4722 wrote:I bought 4 tpms for £140 + £10 to have fitted , so not too painful

I agree buy 4 TPMS and do the job correctly

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