Bartec USA has added 23 vehicles to its Tech400Pro and Tech500 tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) tools’ capabilities for adjusting the recommended inflation pressure (RIP or placard). Seven of these additions are new, never-offered-before coverage.
“Having the ability to adjust a vehicle’s recommended inflation pressure when up-fitting or plus-sizing remains a very important feature according to automotive service providers and tire retailers that we speak to,” according to Scot Holloway, CEO of Bartec. “Bartec is working every day to drive this coverage forward, because it is a game changer for TPMS and it’s a huge opportunity for service providers in the aftermarket.”
Bartec advises that it is best practice that whenever wheel and tire combinations are either plus-sized, or up-fitted -- like moving from a “P” rated tire to an “LT” tire -- the recommended inflation pressure should be changed in order to maintain the same load carry capacity for the vehicle. This applies to cars and light trucks. When the RIP changes, the TPMS must be recalibrated, otherwise the trigger point for low tire pressure will not be accurate. Adjusting the vehicle’s RIP [or placard] keeps the TPMS operative and the consumer safe.
This update numbered 54.2 is available to current subscribers to tools.bartecusa.com.
Bartec will be demonstrating this process as well as a number of new products at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas in November. Visit the Bartec booths to register for one of five Tech400Pro Master Kits to be given away as part of an in-booth drawing.
For a complete breakdown and explanation of all new features included in software releases 54.2 and which tools they apply to, click on the Tech Support icon in the TPMS desktop and click on TSB’s. There you will find the software release bulletins as well as other TPMS support information.