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TPMS Made Simple Sponsored by Schrader

Why We Built This Site

As more TPMS-equipped vehicles hit the road in the U.S., and as other nations adopt the technology moving forward, Schrader has built this comprehensive online portal to spearhead awareness for both the public and the auto industry about tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) and the importance of proper tire pressure in:

  • Increasing driver and passenger safety
  • Improving consumer fuel economy
  • Reducing environmental impact

TPMSMadeSimple.com helps motorists understand the effects of tire pressure and the benefits of TPMS.

TPMSMadeEasy.com provides specific training and support for aftermarket tire retailers.

TPMSMadeRight.com assists original equipment manufacturers with questions about quality and engineering when it comes to TPMS technology.

Meet the Experts
Schrader's goal for this online resource is to provide a comprehensive set of viewpoints on TPMS technology from industry experts.

Jackie Glassman
Former Chief Counsel/Acting Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
"I was in NHTSA from 2002 to 2006. I was chief counsel during the time that NHTSA was responsible for implementing all of the regulations and rules and procedures that were required by the TREAD Act. All [passenger] vehicles that are sold new today [in the U.S.] have TPMS systems embedded inside them. I have a new vehicle; during the wintertime recently, the light went on, I took it to the dealership, they inflated my tires, made sure I was safe, and away I went."

Sean MacKinnon
Director of Automotive Training Development, Tire Industry Association
"The goal in effectively educating the public about TPMS is to make it real. When the consumer sees the TPMS telltale illuminate on their vehicle, they need to know to, number one, stop, check their air pressure and immediately get to a tire dealer so that condition can be addressed."

Charles A. Cannon, PhD
President and CEO, Rubber Manufacturers Association
"Under-inflation is a tire's number-one enemy. A tire can lose up to half its air pressure and not appear flat. So, don't chance it. Take five minutes every month to check your vehicle's tire pressure, and always check it before a long trip."

Michael Kanellos
Green Tech Media
"Monitoring and controlling your tire pressure is the easiest way for consumers to control their emissions, increase mileage, and be in control of their own safety. The sound of air going out of your tires is the sound of hurting our environment and of wasted money on extra gas."

David Cole
Chairman, Center for Automotive Research
"Low tire pressure may not seem like a big deal, but I taught vehicle dynamics for many years, and I understand the impact underinflated tires have on vehicle performance. Believe me, loss of control, skidding, blow outs, hydroplaning – are serious hazards you don't want to face behind the wheel. Furthermore, underinflated tires cause increased fuel consumption and reduced tire life. Protect yourself and your passengers. Make sure your tires are properly inflated."

Hank Inman
President, Goldfinch Communications
"There's probably less than one page of information about TPMS in your vehicle manual. But, it's a feature that could save your life. Find out why proper tire pressure is so important and what to do if the TPMS light comes on. No matter how expensive the vehicle or what other safety features it has, the condition of its tires is critically important."

Mike Milliken
Green Car Congress
"Monitoring your tire pressure to maintain proper tire inflation is an easy, simple way to optimize your fuel consumption–whether you drive a car with a conventional engine or a hybrid. It's low-hanging fruit for energy efficiency, and helps safety, too. Combined with eco-driving techniques, proper tire pressure can make a noticeable difference in your carbon footprint."

Alfonso Di Pasquale
Vice President of Business Development at Schrader
"We believe motorists purchasing a new car should have the safest possible product available on the market and a direct TPMS should be the system of choice. If it is priced competitively by car companies in the same vein as ABS or ESC, then the cost passed on to the motorist will be no more than 30 or 40 Euros."

Lynn Parker
Vice President, Tire Kingdom
"TPMS is going to be one of those measurable indicators for us this year; it is going to do a lot of great things for our company; but more importantly, it's going to provide a service that the customers need. We want to insure that, when the customer leaves our store, that their automobiles are safe, that their tires are inflated properly, and also, it relieves them when they see that light come on in their car, and it says, "uh-oh. What is this light?"

Carl Wacker
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Schrader
"What connects you to the road? There are four tires; that's it. Between you and the ground are these four large, rubber tires. And what's important, so that they perform correctly, is the pressure inside. Schrader's done extensive research on consumer behavior; we've actually found that one in five tires are underinflated. And out of those, at least one out of four of those tires are more than forty percent underinflated. That really shows you the extent of how bad the problem really is, and what tire pressure monitoring can do is help solve that problem."

Jared Smalley
General Manager, U.S. Manufacturing, Schrader
"Most people want to know, "What is TPMS?" TPMS is a Tire Pressure Monitoring System that is a safety feature inside most vehicles today. The topic of tire inflation is just as important as other safety features inside the vehicle, such as air bags and seat belts. The deployment of TPMS across the world is rapidly growing. In the US, all new vehicles have TPMS Systems; Europe is the next country to come onboard. Most other countries are following and looking at the standards inside the US and the European Union currently today."

Charles Rollins
Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Schrader
"The TPMS Systems we manufacture at Schrader consists of about forty components and those components are very complex and intricate; and, they range in size from about four millimeters, which would be about the size of a flake of pepper, up to about the size of a penny."

Gary Spanos
Research and Development Manager, Schrader
"For best results, you should always match a Schrader valve with a Schrader sensor. Schrader valves are manufactured with a unique rubber compound. This compound provides ozone resistance, high-speed spin testing, and meets all OE requirements."

Chaz Leizear
District Sales Manager, NAPA
"The important thing is, as a consumer, when that light comes on, you need to stop and check your tires. Technicians and the people that install tires really need to understand the importance of servicing the TPMS system. You would never let a car go outside of your shop if you knew the brakes were inoperable. And there should be no reason that a car ever leaves your shop with that light on."

Jay Poparad
TPMS Senior Engineer and TIA-Certified Training Instructor, Schrader
"The three elements of complete TPMS service are parts, tools, and training. Parts include high quality sensors, service packs, and accessories for today's vehicles. Tools include hand tools for torquing valve cores and nuts to the proper specifications. And scan tools for activating, reading, and relearning sensors to the vehicles. Training your repair technicians on proper TPMS procedures is critical."

Bill Whitt
NAPA Channel Manager, Schrader
"All these stores across America are beginning to service TPMS properly, understanding that it is a safety related item, and is critical to the proper operation of the tires. They're beginning to understand that there is a revenue stream associated with the proper service of tires, and the TPMS sensors. All this is bringing about even more growth, even more acceptance of the TPMS product within the automotive industry."

Tony Davenport
Business Development Manager, Schrader
"Our soon-to-launch EZ-sensor™ technology allows our Aftermarket retailers to program Schrader sensors. Using a sensor ID and the correct sensor protocol and functionality, technicians can interface with the TPMS system already installed in the vehicle. The Schrader EZ-Sensor™ design is based on the Schrader's patented and proven snap-in valve design and it works with several existing programming tools already in the marketplace, including Schrader®, Bartec® and SPX®."