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SEMA, DAY FOUR: TIA unveils TPMS training program

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has released its long-awaited Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Training Program for passenger and light truck tire techs.

"We recognized the need for employee training years ago and made the commitment to develop an educational resource for our members," says TIA President Bob Malerba.

"Our TPMS Training Program will help both technicians and customer service personnel understand the guidelines for servicing and maintaining these systems."

The program covers TPMS recalibration guidelines "for many popular models" and includes an appendix with installation torque values for valve stem sensors.

"The goal is to use the TPMS Program to supplement our Automotive Tire Service (certification) program," says Malerba.

The TPMS Program will be integrated into TIA's Automotive Tire Service program this January.

Each kit includes a 50-minute video and DVD, plus a 120-page workbook.

The cost is $150 for TIA members and $300 for non-members.

"For about the price of a valve stem sensor, our members can train their employees to properly serve vehicles that include TPMS," says TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield.

For more information, contact TIA at (800) 876-8372, ext. 106, or visit the association's Web site, www.tireindustry.org.

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