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Old 07-02-2014, 02:25 PM   #1
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TPMS sensor sleep mode

On a thread about TPMS systems, someone mentioned their monitor did not give them readings until they were moving down the road. This happens on my Tire Safeguard system. I found a work around.

The sensors on each tire go into a sleep mode to conserve battery consumption when there is no motion detected. To check my pressure before moving the coach, I go turn on the monitor then go to each tire and tap on each sensor with my fingertips. Ten to 20 taps on the sensor will wake it up and cause it to send a report to the monitor. By the time I make the rounds and get back to the monitor, the reading of temp and pressure is displayed on the screen. If any sensor has not reported, I tap it again.

I have incorporated this into my pre check procedure and before moving my coach I have a tire reading. While doing the tapping I visually inspect the tires, the pavement around each tire and the front, rear, and both sides of my coach.

This works on the Tire Safeguard system and will probably work on other systems.

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I do something similar with my TireTraker tpms. I turn on the monitor and go to each tire and unscrew the sensor. In a couple of seconds it gives the alarm indicating 0 psi. I then screw the sensor back snug and in a second or so, it gives me the psi reading. This checks the tire pressure as well as checking the tpms is working. The psi reading is never as accurate as what a good tire gauge will give you, but it is close enough to let you know if your tire is still aired up, or leaking.
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I do something similar with my TireTraker tpms. I turn on the monitor and go to each tire and unscrew the sensor. In a couple of seconds it gives the alarm indicating 0 psi. I then screw the sensor back snug and in a second or so, it gives me the psi reading. This checks the tire pressure as well as checking the tpms is working. The psi reading is never as accurate as what a good tire gauge will give you, but it is close enough to let you know if your tire is still aired up, or leaking.

Good to know! I also use the TireTraker system!
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I can't take credit for that. A smart guy on the TRVN wrote about it.
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The drawback to unscrewing the sensor is that (in many systems) that also resets the target pressure for that sensor. That can be several psi different on a chilly mornings vs a warm afternoon. I like to keep the "set" psi at a 55-65 degree Cold pressure so that my high & low pressure values stay within normal standing and operating parameters without an alarm.
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The drawback to unscrewing the sensor is that (in many systems) that also resets the target pressure for that sensor. That can be several psi different on a chilly mornings vs a warm afternoon. I like to keep the "set" psi at a 55-65 degree Cold pressure so that my high & low pressure values stay within normal standing and operating parameters without an alarm.
It doesn't reset my target pressure. The monitor has a procedure for that.
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