TPMS is a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System that is factory fitted to high-end cars and models with run flat tyres.
Recently it has become an option for more vehicles. But if you don’t have TPMS fitted it is possible to retrofit TPMS and attach it to your Android Headunit. There is no need to remove the tyre or even the wheel! The whole process can take around 5 minutes!
Android Headunit Tip
The 4 wheel sensors are marked FR FL RR and RL, so fitting these to the correct valve stem is important to ensure the warnings and calibrations are synchronised with the expected wheel.
The easiest upgrade path
While there are many systems available, the easiest upgrade path to adding TPMS to your android headunit is to use the USB based transmitter with the 4 (or more) dust cap style transmitters. This easy upgrade system is universal amongst Android Headunits. The advantage is there is no need to have tyres removed and sensors fitted, with obvious cost savings.
An APP on the headunit constantly monitors the tyre pressures. A USB adaptor communicated with the dust cap style pressure sensors. The APP will display a warning over the screen if the monitored pressures deviate from pre-set pressures.
There are many different system available, some need a stand alone screen, some require the tyres to be removed, others are very expensive. From all of the systems we have looked at, the one we recommend for and Android Headunit is this Chinese TPMS System on Amazon. It is easy to set-up in less than ten minutes and no additional tool are required to complete the installation.
[review_summary title=”Quick Review summary” summary=”TPMS retrofit system for an Android Headunit” positives=”protective coating on wheel sensors
USB connection makes it universal
quick and easy fit wheel sensors
easy to install APP
tool supplied to lock sensors” negatives=”USB lead is a bit short and may need an extension to get the ideal position
large vans have difficulty connecting to all 4/6 sensors due to their long wheelbase “]
[rating title=”Value for money” value=”4″ range=”5″]
[rating title=”Ease of use” value=”5″ range=”5″]
[rating title=”Ease of install” value=”5″ range=”5″]
Some screen shots of TPMS apps available. The dust cap style pressure sensors and locking nuts with tool supplied with our easy install recommended TPMS for android headunits.