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Continental TPMS sensor has multi-application capability

Continental Corp.’s new VDO REDI-Sensor multi-application TPMS sensor works on multiple vehicle applications. It replaces a wide variety of OE sensors, works with existing scan tools, and saves time and money for parts and service professionals, the company says.

Unlike other multi-application sensors that are supplied as blank units and need to be programmed with a specialized tool and software, VDO REDI-Sensor is ready to use right out of the box. It works with all leading TPMS scan tools, including tools from ATEQ Corp., Bartec USA, OTC/SPX Service Solutions and K-Tool International (T.I.P.S.).

The VDO REDI-Sensor does not require the purchase of new specialized programming tools and software upgrades and additional TPMS training. It also saves time during the vehicle relearn process, when used with scan tools that incorporate a hunt mode. REDI-Sensor uses an "intelligent design" to wake fast and deliver quick positive results. This prevents the relearn process from timing out and eliminates the need to redo the procedure.

REDI-Sensor relearns to the vehicle as easily as the OE sensor and the scan tool relearn process is unchanged from OE. With Chrysler vehicles, REDI-Sensor is “‘self-learning” – just like the original equipment. All the technician needs to do is install and drive. 

Service shops only need to keep a small supply of REDI-Sensors on hand to be ready to service practically any vehicle that comes in, Continental says. 

VDO REDI-Sensor replaces a host of OE sensors, including banded, snap-in and clamp-in models from Continental, Lear Corp., Schrader USA, Siemens VDO and TRW Automotive. This means WDs and parts stores can substantially reduce the number of SKUs required to provide full TPMS coverage.

According to Howard Laster, director, product portfolio and new business development, Continental Corp., commercial vehicles and aftermarket, “REDI-Sensor represents the first time Continental has used its engineering resources to develop a totally new product concept, specifically designed to meet the aftermarket’s needs. We feel that it will go a long way in helping to simplify the complex and challenging requirements of tire pressure monitoring system service and make it easier for parts stores to stock and sell TPMS replacements parts.”

VDO REDI-Sensor is offered in 314.9 / 315 MHz and 433.92 MHz configurations and provides multi-application coverage for a broad range of popular cars, vans, SUVs, crossovers and light trucks from General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp.. Model year coverage extends from 2002 through 2011 for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Lincoln, Mercury, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles.

According to Steve Landis, TPMS product manager, applications for Asian and European vehicles are currently in development. “We’re working on the next phase of REDI-Sensor to complement our excellent domestic coverage. Our complete program is targeted to cover over 90% of all vehicles in North America and replace over 100 OE sensors.”

For more information, see Continental’s Web site at www.vdo.com/usa.

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