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Can You Add a TPMS to a Classic Car?

Classic Car

Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are an innovative safety feature that could save your life. While most modern vehicles come fitted with a TPMS as standard, many early models and classic cars don’t have this feature. Thankfully, it is possible to add a tyre pressure monitoring system to an old or classic car, but it may require some additional work and customisation.

Why is a TPMS Important?

Having properly inflated tyres not only results in a smoother ride, and increased fuel efficiency, but it also helps to prevent a tyre failing at high speeds and potentially causing fatal accidents. A tyre pressure monitoring system gives drivers the confidence that their tyres are properly inflated, making every trip all the more safe.

Invest in an Aftermarket Retrofit Kit

These kits usually include sensors that are mounted inside the tyre and a dashboard display that shows the pressure in each tyre.

Installing a TPMS in a classic car may require modification to the wheel and tyre assembly, as the sensors need to be mounted inside the tyre. This installation process may require some mechanical skills, and it is best to consult with a professional mechanic or a shop that specialises in classic cars.

Additionally, you should be aware that some vintage or classic cars have specific tyre sizes and types that are not compatible with some of the modern TPMS sensors, so it’s important to check compatibility with the sensor and the wheel/tyre before installing.

Installing a TPMS

  • Determine the correct type of tyre pressure monitoring system for your specific vehicle. If you are unsure, seek the assistance of a professional mechanic or TPMS specialist.
  • Purchase the kit, ensuring all the required components are included such as TPMS sensors and an activation tool.
  • Decide where to install the TPMS sensors, such as inside the wheel or on the valve stem. This may vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle.
  • Install the sensors in the selected location and connect the wiring.
  • Use the activation tool to program the sensors to the vehicle’s computer.
  • Check tyre pressure readings on the dashboard or through the vehicle’s computer.
  • Calibrate the TPMS system if necessary to ensure accurate readings.

Should I DIY Installation?

While many aftermarket TPMS are simple to install, if you have little automotive knowledge or lack the confidence to DIY, an auto electrician or your local tyre specialist should be able to both install and configure your tyre pressure monitoring system. A professional will ensure the system is operating correctly and that the right pressure range is being monitored.

Purchase a TPMS for Your Classic Car Today

Safe T Tyre is an Australian owned and operated wholesale supplier of top-quality tyre pressure monitoring systems. Your safety is our number one priority, so we go above and beyond to supply the best possible products at very affordable rates so that every driver have access to this crucial safety feature. We can help with TPMS for all types of cars, as well as trucks, buses, caravans, commercial vehicles, trailers and more. Enquire online now or give our friendly team a call on 1800 876 700.