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Ken-Tool offers 'universal' TPMS sensor and tool set

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Ken-Tool Corp.'s Universal Master TPMS Sensor Hardware and Tool Service Set for tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors includes hardware and application-specific tools for servicing valve stem TPMS sensors.

The all-inclusive, 152-piece set features 15 unique hardware kits that will handle 90% of all TPMS-equipped vehicles in the United States, according to the company.

All of the necessary application-specific hardware, including the valve core and cap, grommet nut, gaskets, washers and valve stems, are provided. So are replacement rubber "snap-in" valve stem kits with new sensor mounting screws that are now standard equipment on many late model General Motors Corp. vehicles.

In addition to the hardware kits, the set includes all of the specialized hand tools needed to service and replace the hardware on TPMS sensors:

* a precision valve stem torque wrench;

* two deep-well sockets (for the ferrule nuts);

* a special torque tool with TORX bits for the rubber snap-in valve screws;

* a valve core torque driver (to seat the valves); and

* the company's TPMS Sentry sensor service tool, which is designed to ensure the sensor is held securely during the tire changing process.

"Most sensor manufacturers recommend that TPMS sensor hardware be replaced whenever the sensor is loosened or removed from the wheel," says Rock Tyson, Ken-Tool's director of marketing and sales. "Once the sensor is loosened, original hardware components are more likely to allow air to leak or escape if reused.

"Replacing old hardware helps the TPMS system function properly when the tire is remounted on the vehicle. Our hardware components are manufactured to OEM specifications so technicians won't have to worry about unhappy customers returning with TPMS system fault codes appearing on their dashboards due to leaky hardware!"

Individual replacement kits and tools also are readily available from Ken-Tool. For more information, visit www.kentool.com.

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