Wheelwright offers ‘futureproof’ TPMS solution
Wheelwright has expanded the range of ATEQ of TPMS trigger and programming units it offers as a nominated ATEQ wholesaler. And what’s more a big European garage service business has already got on board.
According to the company, Wheelwright have been developing a complete TPMS solution for a number of years, working with leading manufacturers of trigger units and sensors, from industry leaders ATEQ, Tech, Schrader, Huf, and T-Pro. The result is said to be “all-encompassing TPMS solutions for aftermarket and OE sensors” and includes service parts, workshop and diagnostic tools and starter packages.
Due to EU legislation requiring TPMS systems continue working in cars, Wheelwright points out that it is essential for tyre bays and industry professionals to be able to diagnose TPMS faults and eradicate them. That’s where the ATEQ VT56, Wheelwright’s lead tool, comes in. This diagnostic tool, which the company describes as “futureproof” is updateable and is designed to activate all known TPMS sensors and is capable of transferring data via the OBDII connector to reset the vehicle ECU and turn off the TPMS light – ensuring an MOT pass.
The newly developed VT56 will activate sensors from all major manufacturers; all known programmable sensors; and provide a dated history file for all data received. This data can also be clearly printed using the attachable docking cradle with thermal printer. It has an eight soft-key design and a colour 4.3” icon driven display.
Wheelwright believes the new T-PRO sensor will be “paramount to the ease of integration and success of TPMS across the UK”. The sensor is pre-configured with all the protocols required, meaning they simply need to be ‘activated’, allowing this sensor to be triggered in as little as 8 seconds. The sensors are produced in both snap-in and bolt-in variants and due to the extensive vehicle coverage this eradicates the need to stock large volumes of alternate parts when one incorporates them all. The T-PRO will be imperative in the Automotive sector.
Sales and marketing manager, and TPMS specialist James Gray explained: “The ATEQ VT56 and T-Pro sensors give us a genuine ‘futureproof’ solution. We have listened to early noises from customers regarding TPMS, and in a similar vein to the alloy wheel market, simplicity and multi-application is key. Many customers tend to fear the introduction of new technologies, our solution is genuinely the most simple to use, whilst being the most powerful – it is also fully updateable, so as the car park evolves, so will the VT56.”
James continues: “We’ve already secured a contract with one of the largest pan-european tyrebays/service stations, who have entrusted us to service their TPMS needs; and we are excited by the prospect of more franchises and independents coming on board. We have a dedicated TPMS support hotline, website support, training videos and are confident we can meet the demands of this ever growing market. The possibilities for profit generation are scalable – not only can you scan and replace sensors at a cost, but servicing existing sensors (valve stems, cores, grommets et al) using our Torq Tool Kit & Service Parts can also generate income.”