How To Install a TPMS
Posted: November 18, 2022
Categories: User Guides & Installations
How to Install a TPMS
If you need step-by-step instructions for installing your Tire Linc tire pressure and temperature monitoring system, you’re in the right place whether you plan to use this TPMS on your 5th wheel RV, travel trailer, motorhome or towed vehicle. In this post, we’ll walk through the steps of installing the Tire Linc docking station and repeater onto your RV. Using the OneControl® app, we’ll also show you how to pair your Tire Linc repeater to your sensors with or without a OneControl WiFi hub inside your RV. Need to know how to set up your alert indicator? We’ll cover that, too!
Keep in mind that the steps in this guide reflect the installation process of the Tire Linc TPMS. Other systems may differ. Always consult your owner’s manual for specific installation instructions.
Part 1: Installing the Tire Linc Docking Station & Repeater
Step 1: Route power to the docking station.
Before you begin the Lippert Tire Linc TPMS installation process, you’ll want to route power to your docking station, and find a good place for your docking station to get connected to your battery.
Step 2: Secure the docking station frame.
Attach the docking station to the wall using screws. Keep in mind that the orientation of the dock assembly matters! Don’t install it on the wall upside down or sideways. Make sure the text on the station is right side up. Doing this will ensure the repeater and the stem sensors communicate properly and you receive accurate readings.
Step 3: Connect the ground wire.
Now that the docking station is mounted, you’ll want to connect the ground wire. For this step, you should make sure your wires aren’t dangling or loose.
Step 4: Insert the repeater into docking station.
At this point, simply insert the repeater into the docking station. If the status light starts blinking, that means you have a successful power connection. You are now ready to start the pairing process.
Part 2: Pairing the Tire Linc Repeater to the OneControl® App
Step 1: Start the pairing mode.
To start the pairing mode, use a small screwdriver, paperclip, needle, pen or any item that’s small enough to press the “Pair Mode” button. Using the OneControl app on your phone, you will now set up the Tire Linc system.
Step 2: Log in/create a OneControl account.
Follow the steps to create a OneControl login account or enter your existing username and password to log in.
Step 3: If you don’t have a WiFi hub, connect the repeater to OneControl.
The next thing you're going to do is connect to the RV. We're going to go through two processes: the first process would be if you don't have a OneControl WiFi hub already inside your coach. The next process be for if you have a OneControl system already inside your coach.
Step 3a: Press the pair mode button on the Tire Linc repeater dock.
First, you’ll need to press and release the “Pair Mode” button until the red status light indicator comes on.
Step 3b: Tap “Connect to RV” in the app.
Tap “Let's Go” in the app to connect to your RV. It will then prompt you to scan the label on one of the Tire Linc stem sensors.
Step 3c: Scan the QR code on the tire sensor.
Tap “Start Scanning” in the app and align the QR code on the sensor in the camera window. After it scans, the app will search for sensor options.
Note: The “Pair Mode” light indicator on the repeater might go off if your sensor took a while to scan or the status in the app continues to display “Searching” in the top right corner. Simply press the “Pair Mode” button again to restart the process.
Step 3d: Tap on Tire Linc to connect.
Once the app finds the sensor you scanned via the QR code, tap the “Tire Linc” option. You should get a full-screen message that says, “RV Connected Successfully.” Tap “Continue” at the bottom of the screen.
Step 4: If you don’t have a WiFi hub, enter your RV details.
Next, you’ll need to enter your RV details. After tapping “Let's Go,” you’ll go through a series of screens that allow you to enter your RV year, make, model and floor plan. After you make all your selections, you’ll have to review your RV details and tap “Confirm.” On the next screen, you’ll select your RV class, and tap “Continue.”
The next screen is important! You need to select the number of axles on your RV. If you select the wrong one, you can restart this process, but you want to make sure you either select the single, double or triple axle options. Tap “Finish.” At this point, you should get a full-screen message that says, “RV Details Set Successfully.” Tap “Continue” at the bottom of the screen.
The last part of this process involves setting up a PIN number for OneControl. You’ll enter it twice before getting a full-screen message that says, “OneControl Setup Complete!” Tap “Continue to App.” To continue through the process, simply tap “Tire Linc.” You will land on a screen that allows you to set up each of your TPMS sensors.
Step 5: If you have a WiFi hub, connect the repeater to OneControl.
If you have a OneControl WiFi hub in your coach, navigate to the Settings menu via the gear icon. In the Settings menu, tap the “Add an Accessory” option. The next screen may show you multiple options. Choose the option that says “Tire Linc” will the highest number off to the right. Your RV details will populate on the next screen.
Toggle “Favorite Device” on if you want your Tire Linc device to show up on your OneControl home screen. If you don’t want to set it as a favorite, toggle “Favorite Device” off.
You’re now ready to start connecting your tire sensors.
Part 3: Connect Tire Sensors
Step 1: Gather the tire sensor equipment and parts.
When you first open the box that the Tire Linc kit comes in, you'll notice that you have a spare O-ring and a lock nut. The O-ring is for any time you replace the battery inside the sensor. The lock nut is an anti-theft deterrent that you put on the stem, add the sensor, then use the included wrench to tighten down the nut onto the backside of the sensor. If you decide to use those locking nuts and need to change the batteries on your sensors, don't forget to loosen up the lock nut before you try to remove the sensor.
The other important thing with installation on TPMS sensors is that you always have to start with the left front tire first, move down that side until you get to the rear (left front, left mid, left rear), then go over to the right side of the coach and continue the process.
Step 2: Open “Learn Sensors” in the OneControl app.
You will now be able to start the sensor learning process. Scroll up from your favorite devices, then tap “Learn Sensors.”
Note: It's very important that you do not put any of the stem sensors on your existing tire valves before you enter the “Learn Sensor” mode, otherwise you'll have to start the entire process over again, unpairing the stem sensors from the repeater.
Step 3: Make sure all tire sensors are detached from your tires.
You’ll get a full-screen message to remind you to unscrew all your sensors before you continue. As long as your sensors are detached from your tires, go ahead and tap “Continue.”
Step 4: Start with your front left tire.
When the app displays “Front left” on the next screen, you can go ahead and screw the front left sensor onto your tire valve stem. It can take up to 30 seconds for the app to find the sensor. Once the sensor is found, you can move to the next tire and so on until all your sensors are attached to your tire stems.
If you go through this process and one or more sensors cannot be found or your phone screen goes dark, you will need to start the learning process over at your front left tire.
Once all sensors have been found, tap “Finished.”
Part 4: Link Tire Linc Alert Indicator
Step 1: Turn on the alert indicator.
To link the alert indicator to your Tire Linc system, you will need to turn on the indicator using the button on the front of the indicator. It will blink red once and blue three times after that to let you know that it is not yet paired to the Tire Linc repeater.
Step 2: Hold the pair mode button on the repeater and the indicator.
Press and hold the “Pair Mode” button on the repeater. Once the status light is blinking red on the repeater, press and hold the button on the alert indicator. After the indicator blinks green three times, you will receive an audio confirmation of the pairing. Let go of the button on the indicator.
Step 3: Know your alert lights.
If the indicator is flashing green, that means the repeater is within range of the alert indicator. If it's flashing yellow, there's no connection or you’re out of range of the repeater. Red indicates that there's a fault. If you get a red flashing light on the indicator, it likely means that one of your tires is out of the pressure range, so your tire could be losing pressure. At that point, you would want to go to the OneControl app to determine which tire has lost pressure, then correct any issues with that tire as needed.
The Complete Lippert Tire Linc Manual
If you’re looking for additional Tire Linc help and information, you can download the full Tire Linc® Tire Pressure & Temperature Monitoring System 2.0 Installation and Owner’s Manual.