Ateq TPMS Tools LC has released Sync-ID, a patented technology designed to standardize the way tire pressure monitoring system sensor information is transmitted to the vehicle’s engine control unit (ECU).
The company says the innovative technology uses a unique, original equipment-compliant OBD (on-board diagnostics) relearn procedure for all TPMS-equipped light vehicles, which increases OBD relearn coverage.
With Ateq’s new “Sync-ID” technology, technicians only need to learn how to perform one unique OBD relearn procedure for all vehicles with direct-TPMS systems, rather than hundreds of different procedures that are determined by the auto manufacturer and vary from vehicle to vehicle.
The company says technicians will love this new feature because they can skip the long and complicated stationary (manual) relearn procedure steps, and in just a few steps, use the OBD relearn procedure to reset the TPMS system in less than 2 minutes with a non-intrusive technology, using OE-compliant standards.
“With the new ‘Sync-ID’ technology developing fast, soon over 90% of the cars serviced in automotive workshops can be relearned via OBDII with OE-compliant standards,” says Bruno Rousseau, Ateq TPMS global director.
“Our new patent makes our TPMS tools the most advanced in the world as well as the most valuable. Instead of making customers purchase new tools every few years, we are committed to improving the software of existing tools, to make sure customers are satisfied with what they’ve invested in. We are excited to give our customers the best coverage to make their jobs easier and faster for years to come.”
Sync-ID, which is available on the VT56 TPMS tool since March 2018, now includes OBD procedures for brands such as BMW, Jeep, Ford, Fiat, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo and many more. Current and new VT56 tool users can easily get access to the new Sync-ID and hundreds of new OBD procedures, simply by updating the tool’s software. Only a valid tool license is required.
About TPMS Relearn Procedures
Auto-relearn procedures require a technician or a customer to drive the vehicle to relearn the new set of TPMS sensors’ IDs. This is not only time consuming, it is also complex to determine which vehicle has this function and which doesn’t. In addition, shops are reluctant to let a customer go without having relearned their customer’s vehicle.
Stationary relearn procedures (or manual relearn procedures) includes one or several manual steps. For example, a 2012 Ford Taurus requires 12 steps to relearn the TPMS system. If technicians perform one step wrong, they will have to start all over again, causing confusion and costing time.
OBD relearn procedures require to use the OEMs diagnostic tool or a VT56 tool. OBD relearn procedures are becoming standard in a shop environment for many reasons. First and foremost, it is the easier to work with since the same procedure can be performed no matter what the vehicle type is. Secondly, OBD relearn saves time and confusion for the technician since there are fewer steps to perform. The VT56 TPMS tool displays the steps necessary to communicate the TPMS sensor information to the vehicle’s ECU. The tool also shows where the OBDII module should be connected to the vehicle. Once the steps are performed with the VT56 and the OBDII module is connected, the information is transferred from the OBDII module to the vehicle’s ECU.