TPMS Industry News
2008

December 2008
Model year 2009 launches on the TECH400, TECH300PLUS and TECH300:

Model year 2009 launches on the TECH400, TECH300PLUS and TECH300.Bartec have launched software updates for the model year 2009 including all new vehicles and new TPMS. There are quite a few changes! As ever Bartec experience and presence in the car plants enables us to bring these software updates to you long before the competition. For more information on each specific TPMS tool please follow the links below:

For our 2009 Tool upgrades website please click the image on the right here.

December 2008
Video files for Toyota Prius and Toyota 4Runner launched - featuring the Wheelrite TECH400:

December 2008 - Video files for Toyota Prius and Toyota 4Runner launched - featuring the Wheelrite TECH400.The TECH400 is used on all Toyota models and in recognition of this we have expanded our dedicated Toyota TPMS website and also included two videos on the Toyota Prius and the Toyota 4Runner. Each video file is around 5 minutes in duration and illustrates the usage of the premier Bartec TECH400 TPMS Activation tool. The full model range of Toyota is covered by the TECH400 including all models and years 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Solora, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Hybrids, Camry, Highlander & Prius. You can visit our expanded site on www.toyotatpms.com.

November 2008
Wheelrite TECH300 Plus wins a Rudy! Las Vegas, NV – November 4, 2008 - Bartec USA, LLC today announced that their TPMS tool, the TECH300 Plus has won the PTEN Innovation Award (the RUDY) for best tire service tool:

November 2008 - Wheelrite TECH300 Plus wins a Rudy! Las Vegas, NV – November 4, 2008 - Bartec USA, LLC today announced that their TPMS tool, the TECH300 Plus has won the PTEN Innovation Award (the RUDY) for best tire service tool.The TECH300 Plus is a premier TPMS Activation tool. It features a rugged design, compact size, easy to use menu system, and easy to read display. Based on Bartec's years of experience in TPMS, the TECH300 Plus contains all the protocols that sensors use today. It activates and decodes the sensors data. Like all Wheelrite tools, it actually decodes sensor data and is not fooled by other UHF signals like Key Fobs. Just like the entire Wheelrite line, the Tech300 Plus is sold as a complete kit, ready to use out of the box. It has the standard feature AUDIT MODE. Using Audit Mode, the sensor data can be downloaded to PC or Laptop. The easy to navigate MAKE-MODEL-YEAR menu system makes tool setup efficient and accurate. Scot Holloway, General Manager of Bartec USA, LLC, said: "Bartec has long been a leader in Tire Pressure Monitoring System solutions and the recognition at this year’s AAPEX show is just further proof!"

November 2008
AAPEX SHOW Tuesday, November 4th to Thursday, November 6th, 2008, Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, USA:

November 2008 - AAPEX SHOW - Tuesday, November 4th to Thursday November 6th, 2008 Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USABartec will be presenting its premium TPMS Tools at AAPEX Booth 5328. AAPEX is held during the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is reserved for automotive industry professionals. No other trade event or trade show offers as many qualified buyers and dealers from all segments of the automotive aftermarket. Two thousand and sixteen exhibitors displayed their products at AAPEX, the Automotive Aftermarket Event of the Year! APEX FEATURES Every major brand of replacement parts. The Green Way, a special section showcasing environmentally friendly products. A huge tool & equipment section featuring more than 150 companies Suspension and front end products. Engines, engine parts and fabricators. Paint and body products. Heat transfer and mobile air conditioning products and parts. Leading suppliers of chemicals and lubricants. New Product & Packaging Showcases with more than 400 products on display. Educational seminars targeting the latest Aftermarket Industry topics Click Here for AAPEX SHOW information.

November 2008
SEMA SHOW Tuesday, November 4th to Friday, November 7th, 2008 Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA:

November 2008 - SEMA SHOW - Tuesday, November 4th to Friday, November 7th, 2008 Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USAClick Here for a video presentation of this event. Bartec will be presenting its premium TPMS Tools at SEMA Booth 43294. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world (PLEASE NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC). It draws the industry's brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 120,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, and RV markets. The displays are segmented into 10 sections, and a New Products Showcase features more than 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more. Click Here for SEMA SHOW information.

September 2008
Manufacturer TPMS Websites Launched:

September 2008 - Manufacturer TPMS Websites Launched - Ford TPMSWe have recently launched a number of mini websites which provide specific TPMS manufacturer model & year information. Our TPMS Tools operate with all of the car manufacturers which operate within the US and Canada. Specific OE car producer TPMS data is provided on our ToyotaFord, Honda, Nissan, GM, Chrysler, Hyundai, Subaru, Mitsubishi & Kia websites. TPMS replacement is called for when the TPMS fails due to mechanical or electrical failure, broken accelerometer, low TPMS battery power or blocked pressure port. One of the most common causes of failure is inappropriate handling during wheel or tire removal or servicing. The TPMS is an electronic component fitted as part of a heavyweight mechanical process.

August 2008
TPMS Tool Return on Investment using the TECH400:

August 2008 - TPMS Tool Return on Investment using the TECH400While it is difficult to place an exact dollar value on customer satisfaction, we can compute the costs of paying an OE dealer to finish (or repair) the TPMS service started by the ISF. Based on daily direct communication with the ISF, Bartec USA estimates that a moderately busy ISF currently experiences 30-50 TPMS vehicles per month. If three of these service jobs had to be sent to a dealer for re-learn or repair (paid by the ISF), their potential cost would be $135-645.24 per month. For example, an Independent Tire Dealer fits a 2008 Toyota Camry with four new wheels, tires and TPMS sensors. The tire dealer would have to spend an average of $215.08 to have those new wheels programmed into the control module, not to mention driving the car to the OE dealer to complete the work. This is lost margin. However, if the tire dealer uses the TECH400, the work is done quickly and accurately at their shop and the customer leaves satisfied with a job well done! Click Here for the Professional Tool & Equipment News (PTEN) article.

July 2008
Bartec USA announces the availability of the 2008 Mitchell1 TPMS Systems Guide:

July 2008 - Bartec USA announces the availability of the 2008 Mitchell1 TPMS Systems GuideScot Holloway, General Manager of Bartec USA, LLC, said: "With the 2008 model year, the TPMS Mandate is now 100% and with that, Bartec USA offers the Mitchell1 TPMS reference guide as part of our TPMS line of products." This 770-page TPMS procedures guide contains updates on previously covered models, as well as includes information on 339 new 2008 models/systems. The 2008 Mitchell1 TPMS Procedures Guide provides up-to-date information on each manufacturer's monitoring system including description and operation, reset procedures and dismounting/mounting instructions.

This informative guide also includes a quick reference table designed to provide a single point of reference for special precautions during dismounting/mounting of tires. The guide covers all domestic and import vehicles equipped with TPMS through model year 2008. The Mitchell1 TPMS Systems Guides are available from your Bartec distributor. The web version of the Mitchell1 TPMS service guide is available only to registered (paid subscribers) users of the Wheelrite TECH300TECH300 Plus, and TECH400.

June 2008
Bartec USA Launch a dedicated website for Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems:

June 2008 - Bartec USA Launch a dedicated website for Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemsMarket Leaders in their sector, Bartec USA LLC, have today launched an extensive web reference site covering the specialist field of tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). The site aims to provide dedicated support to automotive repair shops, tire service and replacement centers throughout the USA, reflecting the companys wealth of experience within the automotive industry. The new website addresses various aspects of TPMS systems, from a simple definition of "what is a TPMS" and "why is there a need for this" to more technical issues, such as testing for potentially faulty TPMS parts and how to replace them and turn off the warning light. Importantly, the site includes video tutorials and an extensive training and support facility for dealers and tire shops, aimed at simplifying and comprehensively supporting, this potentially complex subject.

May 2008
Toyota software launches on the TECH400:

May 2008 - Toyota software launches on the TECH400Bartec has launched the capability to diagnose faults on Toyota's range of vehicles and to reprogram the cars ECU and turn out the warning light. The TPMS across the Toyota range are manufactured by Pacific Industrial (4 Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Solara, Tacoma, Yaris and TRW (Sienna, Sequoia and Tundra). We have a specialised site for Toyota TPMS data on www.toyotatpms.com.

April 2008
Avis adopts the TECH400 across all US locations:

April 2008 - Avis adopts the TECH400 across all US locationsAvis have adopted the TECH400 across all of their US locations. When they first approached Bartec they said their problem was car returns with the TPMS warning light on. They did not know what the fault was and how to repair and turn off the tread light. They were having to take the cars back to the dealers and pay big bucks for repairs. The TECH400's are now used across the US to diagnose the TPMS faults and support the replacement of faulty sensors including initializing replacement sensors, reprogramming the cars and turning the warning lights off. Avis will continue to benefit from the rolling program of software updates for new vehicles and new TPMS designs in the future.

March 2008
2008 Professional Tool and Equipment News Innovation Award Winners:

March 2008 - 2008 Professional Tool and Equipment News Innovation Award WinnersProfessional Tool & Equipment News have selected the TECH300 Plus premier TPMS activation tool as their award winner in the PTEN 2008 Innovation Awards. Selected by a panel of active and independent techs and mechanics the product received high marks for 'innovation, ease of use and compact size'. It activates and decodes TPMS sensors and is able to audit and download the data.

February 2008
Article from tirereview.com by Hank Inman:

While NHTSA's TPMS mandates targeted new vehicles, there are still plenty of implications for aftermarket participants. Even though TPMS awareness has been around for a while, it's ironic because TPMS, as it relates to compatible equipment, diagnostic tools and service, is still in a growth stage. The product lineup can change frequently - sometimes daily. "The TECH300 Plus activates and decodes most of the sensors currently in use today," said Bartec engineer Paul Salisbury. "It features an 'audit mode,' and after a full sensor decode, the tool can be plugged into a PC or laptop and the sensor data is easily displayed. It can be saved and even printed to be used for customer reports."

January 2008
NHTSA have stipulated that by 2008 all US cars will be fitted with TPMS systems:

NHTSA have stipulated that by 2008 all US cars will be fitted with TPMS systems most of which use 'direct' sensors which are either part of the valve stem or banded to the wheel. These transmit their own ID along with their pressure, temperature and other data to the vehicle ECU. Every time you need to rotate tires or replace a faulty sensor then the ECU needs to be reprogrammed with the new ID and their position on the vehicle. Click here for a PDF version of the ruling or click here to visit the Bartec USA section on TPMS legislation.