Even among experienced service pros, there are still a lot of questions about TPMS service. One of the most common questions we hear is “what is the difference between TPMS relearn and TPMS programming.” Here’s the answer:
TPMS sensor programming is an extra TPMS service step
TPMS vehicle relearn and TPMS sensor programming are completely different procedures. Aftermarket TPMS sensors that come as “programmable,” “universal” or “clone-able” must be programmed with the proper protocol/application information for the specific vehicle before they can be installed. Once they have been successfully programmed, they must then be relearned to the vehicle.
In order to be able to program programmable sensors, technicians may need to invest in specialized tools, training, and software. In addition, these programming tools will periodically need to be updated to provide the latest application and software in order to work with the newest vehicles.
Multi-application sensors are pre-programmed
Multi-application TPMS sensors, such as REDI-Sensor, do not require this extra programming step, because they come out of the box with the proper programming needed to function with multiple vehicles’ TPMS. Because they are pre-programmed, REDI-Sensor Multi-Application TPMS Sensors, eliminate the time spent on programming and trouble-shooting programming and cloning issues. This helps make TPMS service more profitable and reduces customer complaints and comebacks.
Vehicle relearn is always a required TPMS service step
Regardless of whether it is an OE sensor, a programable sensor, or a multi-application sensor, every aftermarket TPMS sensor must be ‘relearned’ to the vehicle. The relearn procedure not only connects the sensor to the vehicle TPM System, it also provides a check that verifies the vehicle’s TPM System is functioning properly. With the exception of some Chrysler and Mazda models that may be relearned to the vehicle through a driving procedure, a TPMS scan tool is required to complete the vehicle relearn procedure.
Ready to use out of the box
VDO REDI-Sensor is a multi-application TPMS sensor that works exactly like the OE sensor. It is pre-programmed and ready for the vehicle relearn procedure as soon as you take it out of the box. REDI-Sensor follows the standard OE vehicles relearn procedures, and works with most major TPMS scan tools, including those from Continental, ATEQ, Bartec, OTC / SPX, K-Tool (T.I.P.S.) and Snap-on.