Rochester, MI. – The Equipment and Tool
Institute (ETI) is continuing to assist members in bringing new and improved
equipment and tools to the marketplace, and is launching its second Market
Research Study to cover Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and specific
questions on the growing trend of the OEM’s to equip vehicles with
Telematics. This survey is designed to
collect data to provide our industry with information that is valuable for the
repair of vehicles on the road today. The
first survey covered Flash Reprogramming, or J2534.
We will be surveying automotive
repair facilities in an effort to find out more about their familiarity with
TPMS and Telematics. ETI will use this
research to help all segments of the automotive industry provide aftermarket shops
with better tool and equipment solutions.
TPMS has been mandatory for all new
vehicles sold in the United States since 2008.
There are a number of different TPMS solutions provided by domestic and
foreign OEM’s. These different systems are sometimes difficult to identify.
Regardless of the system type, they have several in common issues the
automotive technician must be aware of; to include proper sensor positioning
and procedures when changing tires, TPMS scan type tools for diagnostics and
reprogramming, and TPMS sensor replacement procedures.
Telematics has been called “the
biggest threat” as well as “the greatest opportunity” for the future of the
automotive aftermarket repair industry. Telematics vehicle monitoring
technologies have been growing in popularity for years. The technology
allows the OE to continually market their services to the customer with regular
maintenance reminders and alerts e-mailed to the car owner. The OE has
the opportunity to leverage their entire dealership network to assist the
customer wherever they may be travelling.
If you are part of an automotive
repair facility and are interested in participating in our first survey, please
go to the following link:
survey can only be taken on-line.