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Are your Tyre Pressure Sensors active?

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00:13
February 19, 2011


R9UKE

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Hi guys,

Just interested to know who actually still has working tyre pressure sensors?

My first Vel Satis brought up two sensor faults during it's time with me.  Then my aunt bought it, and instead of having her complaining about failing sensors, I got Renault to turn the system off.

This seems like quite a popular choice by many Laguna, Espace and Vel Satis owners.  Working at a car auction, it's pretty rare to see a Renault with an active set of sensors!  My second Vel Satis had them all working at 107,000 miles.  Then my most recent had them deactivated at some point before I got it.

My Mégane has them.  I think they're an excellent feature, if a little oversensitive at times.  This oversensitivity can be excused with the Mégane, as the dash just displays "CHECK TYRE PRESSURE".  It's a different story when the woman living behind the dashboard of the Vel Satis is nagging you to slow down due to unsuitable tyre pressures!

Any opinions on the matter?

09:31
February 19, 2011


hu88ertvelsat

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Hi,

My Vel Satis (I named him Hubert!) has a full set of working tyre pressure sensors which have never needed fixing, so I guess I'm lucky, as it sounds from what you say that many Vel Satis owners have broken or disabled tyre pressure monitors/sensors. The Renault TPMS does seem a bit clumsy sometimes and fragile, but it's a good feature when it works.

When a mobile tyre fitter came to fit 2 new front tyres ages ago, I panicked after he'd gone, as my TPMS came up with a red warning saying I didn't have front wheels, let alone tyres! I rang a local Renault dealer and they told me to drive round the block slowly and the wheels and tyres should be picked up by the sensors. Fortunately this did happen!

Very occasionally if I've been driving quite fast on long stretches of motorway on a hot day, one of the rear sensors will bring up the orange warning saying I've no wheel/tyre in that position. This seems to be heat related, as the warnign disappears and the wheel/tyre comes back online as soon as I drive a bit slower.

I think my Vel Satis has a quirk, which I'm very pleased about, in that it lets me drive around with the tyre pressure monitoring system always displayed, so I often change it to this instead of the MPG or other display options. It's handy as you can see the tyres start to warm up, especially on cold days.

So I'm pretty pleased with my TPMS, so it'd be great if the Vel Satis or Avantime you next get, has a fully-working system – fingers crossed!

11:34
February 19, 2011


V5 WTF

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R9UKE said:

Hi guys,

Just interested to know who actually still has working tyre pressure sensors?

Any opinions on the matter?

Absolutely fine with mine – accurate and work really well. Cold weather, pressure drops, I add some (or if it's on the cusp I simply wait for the temp to rise…). On one occasion I obviously hit an inaccurate forecourt air gun and my fronts were overinflated. The system warned me instantly.  I had to rotate the alloys at first to match up the sensors after a 'Renault dealer'  swapped the fronts/backs incorrectly but other than that no problems at all – in fact really impressed.


23:09
February 19, 2011


R9UKE

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Ah nice to see!  Glad to hear they're proving reliable.

The Avantime doesn't have tyre pressure sensors.  Or the voice.  Or auto headlights.  Sacrifices, sacrifices!

Oliver, that is a great "fault" you have there.  Pressures aren't supposed to be accessible all the time, but when I had the Laguna, I always wanted them to be as I had a slow puncture and wanted to keep track on one wheel in particular.  That's excellent!

14:24
February 23, 2011


stevo700

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Mine showed an intermittent failure of front offside for months

The fault has not reappeared since new tyres, fitter's comment was that metal dust caps caused the problem.

Correct or not, no problem for 3 months

14:28
February 23, 2011


Team

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Your tyre fitter's comments regarding metal tyre dust caps sound correct, as I know a number of Vel Satis owners who have had problems because of having metal tyre dust caps instead of the standard plastic ones.

One owner completely lost (i.e. it broke) one of his Vel Satis' tyre pressure sensors because the metal cap froze to the alloy wheel in the extremely cold winter, and resulting in him having to pay out for a new TPMS sensor. He quickly replaced his tyre dust caps with plastic ones!

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22:26
March 16, 2011


Vel Haggis

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We've had only three little tyre blobs showing up on ours since we bought it and no pressure numbers. it shows constantly as a pressure sensor fault.

22:26
March 17, 2011


Vel Haggis

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And tonight the screen flashed up SERVICE and the number 25 appeared next to the drivers front tyre. Went to the petrol station and filled it back up. Their auto gauge showed 26 as a start, so pretty close. At least that proves that one of them works!

00:45
March 20, 2011


R9UKE

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Vel Haggis,  that's how my second car was.  It only ever showed pressures if they required attention which was a bit odd.

Does anybody experience false alarms on cold mornings?  The Laguna II I've been driving for the past two weeks brings up a warning in the morning when started up, which disappears after about 2 minutes of driving.  A bit annoying but not as annoying as the Mégane at the minute.  I have a slow puncture in the back left tyre.  It displays CHECK TYRE PRESSURE for 2 days after pumping up then changes to STOP! TYRE PUNCTURE with lots of beeping.  I'm plagued by slow punctures.  Another trip to the tyre shop.  I'm a bit weary about this as if it needs a new tyre there's a risk of them damaging my sensor in the process which would result in an even bigger headache – the reason I've been putting it off for the past month Frown

Are you going to splash out on a fourth sensor to have the full set, Vel Haggis?

16:35
March 20, 2011


Vel Haggis

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Hey R9UKE,

The fault was apparent from driving it off the forecourt, so the dealer has agreed to replace it. Car is going in on Wednesday to get that and another couple of niggles looked over. I will be interested to see what it shows if it ever works correctly!


 

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