Continental has come out with a new generation of tyre service tools for use on both passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
It comprises three models: Autodiagnos Tire 100, Autodiagnos Tire 200, and Autodiagnos Tire 300.
“The most important factors in tyre service are speed, data availability and user-friendliness,” says Filip Kevilj, product manager for service tools at Continental Aftermarket.
“Our new tyre service tools give quick access to key system data, and thanks to their touchscreens with a very simple manual navigation they are as easy to use as smartphones.”
He adds that they ensure prompt acceptance of orders, followed by simple activation, programming and relearning of sensors. Moreover, the new devices provide seamless support in downstream processes such as documentation, storage and ordering of new tyres.
Autodiagnos Tire 100, 200, and 300 are also ideal for installing new sets of wheels. The integrated OBD II relearning routines make relearning of new TPMS sensors to the ECUs in the vehicle as easy as activation of sensors in seasonal tyre changes.
Continental has also put a strong emphasis on up-to-date data. Continuous software and database updates ensure that the tools can communicate with the newest TPMS sensors and use the latest vehicle protocols.
All three new service tools can be updated wirelessly via Wi-Fi. “In this way we enable workshops to offer their customers quick, competent service,” adds Kevilj.
Autodiagnos Tire 300
This is the flagship in Continental’s new line of tyre service tools. It has everything that workshops and fleets need for efficient tyre service. This begins with a large 8-inch display that shows all relevant TPMS and tyre data at a glance. The new tools are also ready for future applications, such as direct communication with RFID tags in the tyres via the integrated RFID module. These tags contain all of the important data from the tyre manufacturer.
After assignment to a vehicle, Autodiagnos 300 transfers the TPMS sensor’s entire data package to the on-board electronics. The tool is also suitable for changing TPMS sensors on commercial vehicle tyres. The topic is becoming increasingly important, as from July 2022 tyre pressure monitoring systems will be mandatory for trucks, buses and trailers. This applies at first to all newly homologated vehicle types, from 2024 on to all new vehicles.
Autodiagnos Tire 200
This tool comes with a 5-inch touchscreen. Like all three new tyre service tools, it can synchronise jobs wirelessly with the workshop’s order system via Wi-Fi and have them printed out. It can acquire TPMS sensor data via an integrated OBD II module and initiate relearning. Another feature is the ‘ID Match’ function, which allows workshops to identify individual sensors via the OBD-II interface and fix the issue afterwards.
Autodiagnos Tire 100
This is the low-cost entry-level model in the series. It is based on the proven system used in all of Continental’s tyre service tools for sensor activation, programming and relearning. In addition, it includes a number of user-friendly applications. It is connected to the vehicle’s OBD II interface via a network cable on an external OBD II module.
The 3.5-inch touchscreen shows all TPMS data on one screen for easy control of the functions. In terms of functionality and features, Continental says the new Autodiagnos Tire 100 is equivalent to the TPMS Pro in the current line of TPMS service tools.