Tyre Valves and TPMS
Tyre valves help to maintain tyre pressure and permit air to be added or removed from the tyre.
The valve in your wheel is a small but very important part of your vehicle as far as safety and tyre life is concerned. It holds the pressure inside the tyre assembly and is the access point to adjust your tyre pressure. A valve cap in good condition is also essential as it provides a secondary seal and prevents dirt from getting inside.
Tyre valves are generally made from rubber to give them flexibility; however, this rubber deteriorates with age and use. Valves can become damaged due to the force they are subjected to while driving and their exposure to the elements. They are relatively inexpensive yet vital to the performance of tyres and your safety. That’s why at Kwik Fit, we replace your tyre valve with a brand new one every time a tyre bead is broken.
Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems
An increasing number of vehicle makes and models are fitted with tyre pressure monitoring systems (or TPMS for short) and all new vehicles manufactured since 2014 have TPMS integrated as standard. A sensor valve in each tyre monitors tyre pressures and reports low pressures or tyre pressure imbalances to the driver via the dashboard display.
TPMS sensors should be serviced regularly as a faulty sensor can now result in an immediate MOT failure. One of the most common TPMS sensor issues we see at our centres is battery failure. The more miles you travel, the quicker the battery will deplete. TPMS sensor stems can also become corroded over time just like standard tyre valves as they are open to the elements and take on everything the road throws at them.
Should you require a new TPMS sensor, at Kwik Fit we can supply a cost-effective replacement sensor which clones your existing settings for a fraction of the price of a dealership replacement. We can also service your existing TPMS sensors to ensure they continue to work correctly.