There are several types available for service on today’s vehicles:
OE replacement sensors – Identical to the original equipment and pre-programmed for the specific vehicle.
Programmable or ‘universal’ sensors – These aftermarket sensors come as blanks and require programming for the specific vehicle prior to installation. It’s an additional service step requiring a programming tool with specialized software.
Multi-application / Multi-protocol sensors – These aftermarket sensors are pre-programmed for an entire range of vehicles and come ready-to-use out of the box. As with OE sensors, no sensor programming is required with multi-application / multi-protocol TPMS sensors.