Most modern performance cars now come with a proprietary tyre pressure monitoring system as standard. However, even for owners of older automobiles, keeping an eye on the air in your tyres in real time is a useful endeavour, especially when it comes to spotting punctures. Don’t worry though, there’s no need to crack out your old analogue pressure gauge, as this is where Snooper’s range of wireless tyre pressure monitoring systems comes in.
The Tyre Pilot STP1400 is the UK-based company’s new entry-level offering, complete with LCD monitor and four Bluetooth pressure sensors that have an accuracy of ±1.5psi. After plugging the monitor in to your car’s cigarette lighter socket, the STP1400 provides instantaneous pressure and temperature updates of all four tyres. The latter is especially important, as rapidly increasing temperatures can often be a key warning sign of an approaching puncture.
With audible alarms for maximum and minimum pressures, the Tyre Pilot also lets you know when one or more of your tyres is running under or over-inflated, helping you to save money by preventing increased wear or poor fuel economy. The kit is incredibly easy to install and use, and the only gripe we have is that the display may be concealed in many modern cars where the cigarette socket is often found in unusual locations (such as storage bins).
How to set up Tyre Pilot?
1. Plug in monitor
The Snooper Tyre Pilot STP1400 takes its power from your car’s cigarette lighter so, to begin with, plug your monitor into the 12V socket, ensuring it is pushed firmly in.
2. Set the pressure
Hold down the Set button on the side of the device for three seconds. The monitor will beep and allow you to select your preferred pressure units: Bar or PSI. Choose and hold Set again.
3. Set the alarms
This will allow you to set upper and lower pressure parameters. Using the Set button, choose the maximum pressure alarm (shown on the screen as ‘UP’) before using the same method to specify the lower limit (‘dO’). Then hold Set for two seconds to save.
4. Fitting the sensors
With the monitor powered on, first screw one of the supplied hex nuts onto each valve (having first removed the dust caps). Then, screw on the corresponding sensor to the correct corner before using the supplied tool to tighten each hex nut anti-clockwise against the sensor body.