Renault TPMS sensors aren’t so bad…
One reason why some garages have been known to side step sensor servicing and replacement during the MOT is because of lack of experience of handling this kind of product. And it has to be said that some vehicle manufacturers have earned themselves more of a reputation in this respect that others. According to tyresensors.com, many people consider Renault TPMS sensors to be more hassle than they are worth. However it needn’t be so.
It wasn’t long after launching tyresensors.com when MD Ian Smith and his team came to realise that many customers had problems with the sensors on their Renaults, in particular Renault Lagunas. And this is something of a problem because, although TPMS won’t become mandatory until the 2012 mondel year, many Renaults have TPMS sensors installed. Here is a run down of all of the vehicles that may have tyre sensors currently installed; Clio III, Espace IV, Koleos, Laguna II, Laguna II Facelift, Laguna III, Megane 1, Megane II, Megane III, Modus, Scenic 1, Scenic RX4, Scenic II, Scenic Facelift, Scenic III and Vel Satis.
The earliest Renault model that had tyre sensors installed on the production line was the Renault Megane 1, which had tyre sensors installed as early as January 2001. Therefore it is no surprise that many of these tyre sensors are needing to be replaced after breaking through lack of maintenance, or due to the battery inside the sensor failing.
The batteries inside tyre sensors are only designed to last for 5 to 7 years or 100,000 miles. Compared with the average lifespan of tyres or brake pads, this is actually quite a long time for a replacement part on a passenger car. So it is important to remember that when sensors fail it is often not due to the sensor being faulty, but just due to it coming to the end of it life span.
Even the newer Renault Tyre Sensors that were installed into the Renault Megane II, Renault Scenic II and the Renault Scenic Facelift, are likely to fail fairly soon on some models. These tyre pressure sensors were first installed on the Renault Megane II in August 2003. So if they failed this year they would have lasted beyond their maximum expected lifespan.
Of course you can contact the relevant companies direct for more information, but tyresensors.com offers this advice for a best practice routine when it comes to servicing TPMS and their sensors: “Start – Check TPMS – Report – Agree Action – Remove Tyre – Replace or Service Sensor – Refit Tyre and Wheel – Initialise New Sensor – Check TPMS – Report – Finish.”