SecuTire Wireless Tire Pressure Monitoring System Review

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This tire pressure monitoring system comes with all of the necessary components. Photo © Jeremy Laukkonen

Pros:

  • Easy installation.
  • Anti-theft cap design.
  • Adjustable pressure warning level.
  • Batteries are easy to access when they go dead.
  • Available for both light and heavy-duty vehicle applications.

Cons:

  • Doesn't show actual pressure.
  • No documentation on how to calibrate the sensors.
  • Anti-theft provisions aren't foolproof.

An Affordable TPMS Anyone Can Install

Tire pressure monitoring systems can save you money and help you avoid catastrophic tire failures, but there have always been a few drawbacks. Most of these systems use sensors that are built into the valve stems, which means they can't be installed without a trip to a mechanic or a tire store. They've also been prohibitively expensive.

The SecuTire system tears down both of those boundaries since it's both inexpensive and easy to install. This TPMS consists of four sensors and a receiver unit. The sensors screw onto your valve stems in place of the regular caps, and the receiver plugs into a cigarette lighter or any other 12-volt accessory socket. If any of the tires drop below a low-pressure threshold, the system will indicate the problem with a red LED.

Unlike more expensive systems, the SecuTire TPMS doesn't sport a lot of fancy features. However, it gets the job done at an affordable price.

The Good

Aside from affordability, the biggest thing that the SecuTire TPMS has going for it is ease of installation. Installing this system is about as hard as screwing in a light bulb. Even if you've never tackled any DIY car repairs or installations before, you shouldn't have any trouble installing this TPMS. The kit includes two spanner wrenches to tighten the sensors, and there are no other specialized tools required.

The SecuTire TPMS also has another huge benefit over systems that use sensors that are mounted in the valve stems. Unlike those systems, it's incredibly easy to replace the batteries in the SecuTire sensors. If you unscrew the top part of one of the sensors, you'll find a small hearing aid style battery, and all four can be replaced in just a few minutes.

One of the biggest drawbacks of cap-style TPMS sensors is that it's easy to tell what they are. That makes them a target for theft, but the SecuTire system does have an anti-theft measure. When you remove the top half of the sensor, you'll find an inner screw device. If you tighten it down with the included spanner wrench, the body of the sensor will spin freely instead of unscrewing. The spanner wrench is then needed if you ever want to remove the sensors.

The Bad

As a budget-priced TPMS, the SecuTire system doesn't offer all of the functionality that you can find in more expensive devices. There is no precise readout, so you have to rely on LEDs to monitor the pressure. The LEDs are green if the pressure is normal, and they turn red if the pressure drops. This is still useful to detect problems, but it won't allow you to detect a slow leak before it gets down to a critical level.

Another issue is that there isn't any documentation on how to adjust or calibrate the sensors. There is a set screw that you can turn, which seems to effectively calibrate the individual sensors, but you'll have to fiddle with it to find the proper setting. If your tire pressure is within the same range that the sensors are set to from the factory, that won't be an issue.

However, it's also worth noting that there are two different versions of the SecuTire system available. One is for cars and light trucks, and the other is for heavier vehicles. The light duty sensors are set a little under 30 PSI, and the heavy duty sensors are for tires that are inflated above 85 PSI.

The Bottom Line

Despite a handful of drawbacks, the SecuTire TPMS is a great choice for anyone who wants to perform their own DIY installation. The price is right, and you can also save money by avoiding a trip to the mechanic or tire store.