Galvanic Corrosion: The TPMS Killer
Some parts of the country are plagued by car-destroying corrosion. Whether the acceleration is caused by proximity to the ocean or by chemicals used for road treatment, corrosion can really take a toll on vehicles and the people who are dependent on them.
Dealing With TPMS Sensor Corrosion
For TPMS sensors, a harsh environment isn’t a requirement to see valve seizing corrosion take hold. The most common type of corrosion we typically see affecting TPMS sensors is of the galvanic variety. Galvanic corrosion doesn’t depend on your location.
TPMS Sensor Battery: Dead Sensors Cause Other Problems, Too
During the initial TPMS phase-in, many warned about what sounded like an impending crisis. It was the “tire guy’s apocalypse,” which sounds dramatic, but that’s the way I remember the situation being characterized. There was worry and paranoia from all sides. Some companies undoubtedly saw it as a marketing opportunity, and helped perpetuate some of the fear and anxiety. The gist I got from the marketing I saw was that changing tires would, as we knew it, never be the same.
Identifying TPMS Battery Issues
It doesn’t matter what kind device it’s in, a battery on the verge of death can cause all sorts of weird things to happen. TPMS sensors are no different. All sorts of problems can arise from a dying TPMS sensor battery. All the obvious stuff will turn on the indicator light, but I’ve seen all sorts of crazy things that ended up being caused by a dying sensor battery.