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Old 01-15-2014, 10:05 AM   #1
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read out with the TPMS system in the S6? Or only flat tire warning.
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No, it's an indirect system so it recognizes a change, not absolute values.

The A8 may still have the direct system that would offer values.
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The C7 with it's passive TPMS will display the individual tire that's low but with no PSI readout. It usually takes about a 7 PSI drop from the driver's MMI setting before it displays an alert.
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Just wanted to chime in here. I am glad Audi is using the "rotational computation" type sensor. The direct sensors that mount inside each wheel on the valve stem are more trouble than they're worth. I have heard about batteries dying right after the warranty runs out, water getting into the electronics, tire shops destroying them when they mount/dismount tires, etc. Not to mention the added expense of buying an additional set of sensors if you're running winter wheels.
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its not 100% accurate anyhow, every car that ive had with it is all the same. my current cayenne s has it and its not accurate, when I use a snap-on digital tire gauge it always reads different.
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its not 100% accurate anyhow, every car that ive had with it is all the same. my current cayenne s has it and its not accurate, when I use a snap-on digital tire gauge it always reads different.
Just to play devil's advocate, which is right?

The data geek in me likes the idea of an exact digital readout - and I suspect most of them can be calibrated, so yeah once you put your NIST-traceable pressure gauge on there you'd wanna calibrate the in-car system I suppose :P
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Just wanted to chime in here. I am glad Audi is using the "rotational computation" type sensor. The direct sensors that mount inside each wheel on the valve stem are more trouble than they're worth. I have heard about batteries dying right after the warranty runs out, water getting into the electronics, tire shops destroying them when they mount/dismount tires, etc. Not to mention the added expense of buying an additional set of sensors if you're running winter wheels.
I never had an issue with mine on the Porsche. It's nice to know how much pressure is in there. I had a screw in a tire once on the way down to Key Largo from Miami. There's nothing on that stretch but mangroves on either side. My TPMS warned me with 35 PSI, then 33, then 30 etc. I barely made it to the first tire center, but I made it. Had I stopped on the road to check the tire I would have run out of air for sure before making it to the repair shop. I wish we had real sensors. They're not exact, but they're pretty close.
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I'm fairly certain the A8 is the only model that still utilizes the in tire sensors, however, I am not sure if it is all of them or if it is an option. I know the previous model A8's would give you not only tire pressure for all 5 tires but internal temperature as well, the temperature readout is a quick way to find out if you have a brake issue, like a stuck caliper or even a bad wheel bearing, if one tire is substantially hotter than the rest it is a sure sign that something is wrong in the area of that wheel. Now I am curious, I am going to look into the newest A8's and see what kind of info you can get from the TPMS system.
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Now I am curious, I am going to look into the newest A8's and see what kind of info you can get from the TPMS system.
Cough, retrofit!, cough.

I suspect there's a TPMS receiver somewhere and a coding for MMI to use it vs the ABS one...but maybe I'm just an optimist.
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its not 100% accurate anyhow, every car that ive had with it is all the same. my current cayenne s has it and its not accurate, when I use a snap-on digital tire gauge it always reads different.
I have three different types of gauges... none of them ever match. I've always been confused as to the acuracy, or lack of, with tire pressure readings.
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Just to play devil's advocate, which is right?

The data geek in me likes the idea of an exact digital readout - and I suspect most of them can be calibrated, so yeah once you put your NIST-traceable pressure gauge on there you'd wanna calibrate the in-car system I suppose :P
the snap on digi-gauge I use costed $100+, cant remember exactly. the wheel shop I goto has a hunter auto34, $20k tire machine and has a built in air hose/gauge. the snap on gauge and built in tire machine gauge read the exact same numbers all the time. im "assuming" these are more accurate than the wheel sensors.
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the snap on gauge and built in tire machine gauge read the exact same numbers all the time. im "assuming" these are more accurate than the wheel sensors.
No I'd give you that - two decent quality instruments give matching results, I'd calibrate the car to them. A quick google suggested an indirect TPMS though, so you'd need to figure out what can be done. If under warranty I would try my local friendly dealer.
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Cough, retrofit!, cough.

I suspect there's a TPMS receiver somewhere and a coding for MMI to use it vs the ABS one...but maybe I'm just an optimist.
Optimist or not, I would love to hear about it if anyone has pulled it off. I always thought the temperature was a cool feature.
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Optimist or not, I would love to hear about it if anyone has pulled it off. I always thought the temperature was a cool feature.
See, and here I figured someone with access to the parts databases could tell us what the A8 adds
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See, and here I figured someone with access to the parts databases could tell us what the A8 adds
Yes, yes, you caught me, I am home due to medical issues and don't have access to my work computers. I am hoping to be back in the office next week and trust me, I will be scrubbing ETKA for answers!
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I am hoping to be back in the office next week and trust me, I will be scrubbing ETKA for answers!
No worries, I'll be interested to hear what you figure out!
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Now I am curious, I am going to look into the newest A8's and see what kind of info you can get from the TPMS system.
No sensors in the wheels on D4, it's all done with ABS sensors to detect if a wheel is (seemingly far) out of whack from the rest.
One D4 owner reported it came on after a blowout and he had already pulled to the side of the road.

I really miss the TPMS system on the D3...
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No sensors in the wheels on D4, it's all done with ABS sensors to detect if a wheel is (seemingly far) out of whack from the rest.
One D4 owner reported it came on after a blowout and he had already pulled to the side of the road.

I really miss the TPMS system on the D3...
its more convenient when swapping wheels now though, I didn't have to buy extra tpms or dismount the stock wheels to rob the oem sensors anymore, lol.
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No sensors in the wheels on D4, it's all done with ABS sensors to detect if a wheel is (seemingly far) out of whack from the rest.
One D4 owner reported it came on after a blowout and he had already pulled to the side of the road.

I really miss the TPMS system on the D3...
Again, I will have to check once I am back in the office but the last time I looked in ETKA on a D4 there was a listing for in wheel sensors. I will check and confirm if they are Euro only or what the deal is but I know I saw them.
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Again, I will have to check once I am back in the office but the last time I looked in ETKA on a D4 there was a listing for in wheel sensors. I will check and confirm if they are Euro only or what the deal is but I know I saw them.
Hope you are doing better Jake !
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Cough, retrofit!, cough.
Exactly why I am asking....
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