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I use an Autel TPMS tool, "MaxiTPMS TS401

easy to use, does all the models.

I also use it for checking keyfob battery strength. Cool feature.

 

I don't change tires so I can't answer that part of it.

But, I seem to do a lot of them

 

I charge a diagnostic fee for checking the system, and a few bucks for setting them up. Under 40 bucks usually.

Around here (Oklahoma) without any state inspections at all nobody really gives a flip about service lights or TPMS lights. But the ones that do like to have it done.

 

A lot of them are amazed that some little box is talking to the tire. LOL Always gets a reaction from the customer when they watch me check their car. LOL

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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
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