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Autel TS508K: Professional TPMS Tool Kit Honest Review

The Autel TS508K Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) kit lets do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts and professional mechanics diagnose tire pressure issues and related safety issues.

While the included TS508 diagnostic tool only works with other Autel systems, the kit comes with an array of sensors that let you use the device with any vehicle. This makes the Autel MaxiTPMS TS508K kit an excellent replacement for any embedded TPMS with several additional features that will extend the life of your tires.

Autel TS508K: A Complete TPMS Tool Kit

Autel TS508K
Autel TS508K Professional MaxiTPMS Tool
4.34.3 / 5
The Autel TS508K Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) kit lets do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts and professional mechanics diagnose tire pressure issues and related safety issues.

The Autel MaxiTMPS TS508K is a direct TPMS replacement kit. That means it comes with eight Autel MX-sensors along with the namesake, hand-held, TS508K TPMS tool. It also comes with everything you need to operate them.

Inside the box, you will find:

  • 4 315-Mhz pressure sensors
  • 4 433-Mhz pressure sensors
  • The Autel TS508L TPMS  tool
  • An OBDII-compliant diagnostic system cable
  • USB charging cable and wall adapter
  • A magnet for storing the TS508
  • User guides and manual
Autel TS508K: Professional MaxiTPMS Tool
Autel TS508K is the right choice to experience Autel TPMS lines.
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Autel TS508K TPMS Tool: The Main Part of the Kit

The included TS508K TPMS tool is the main feature of the kit. It works with any Autel sensor in either quick or advanced mode, though some people report that it will work with other brands of sensors in some limited capacity. Either way, the two modes let you tailor the service to the situation, decreasing repair time while improving the effectiveness of your repairs.

TS508K Quick Mode Offers Basic Functions

Designed for the consumer, quick mode provides only the basic indicators. Still, it lets you read and program all the sensors with clear diagnostic readouts. You can use it to quickly check for dead pressure sensors, saving you up to $100 in service costs.

Use Advanced Mode For Serious Troubleshooting

Autel made the advanced mode for power users and professional mechanics. It gives you complete control over the entire sensor network. Technicians can diagnose any tire problem with an excellent TFT color display that is grease and water-resistant.

In advanced mode, the MaxiTPMS TS508K gives you a complete diagnostic tire check, while letting you reprogram the sensors to test for specific thresholds. While you can do some of this in quick mode, techs can use advance mode to clone sensor configurations to ensure any newly installed sensor can pick up where the older ones left off.

Unfortunately, you must use online videos to learn how to use the kit. The package provides no DVD, and the included user manual leaves much to be desired. Even with the added stress, the Autel TS508K is still the best TPMS kit at its price range.  Mostly because, once you learn how to use, the TS508K kit takes only a few minutes to set up and configure. Occasionally, you will get a wrong reading, but most people will find this TPMS tool and kit useful in their daily personal and professional lives.

Autel TS508K: Professional MaxiTPMS Tool
Autel TS508K can read TPMS sensor status, check TPMS system health condition, program MX-sensors and conduct TPMS relearn.
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Autel MX Sensors: The Accessories of the Kit

The fully-programmable sensors just snap on to your tires’ existing valve caps, though you can skip them if your vehicle already has built-in Autel sensors. Because of this. they will work out of the box with most built-in and external TPMS devices. The kit come with 8 sensors. So, you will always have spares, but you can buy them separately if you like.


Pros and Cons of the Autel TS508K TPMS Tool

Like all TPMS, the Autel TS508K comes with its own share of advantages and disadvantages. However, because it comes with two different service modes, some of these pros and cons may be more appropriate for your situation over others. While we will list the most common characteristics below, you should always read them in light of the features you need.

Pros


  • As a direct TPMS, the TS508K measures the actual pressure in your tires
  • Very well built and solid construction
  • Configurable basic and advanced code TPMS modes
  • Designed for both DIY projects and professional automobile shops
  • Simple and very effective to use
  • Compatible with all TPMS-equipped vehicles
  • Fully colored, easily readable display and interface
  • Among the least expensive direct TPMS
  • Comes with 8 compatible sensors in the box

Cons


  • More expensive than indirect and some direct TPMS tools
  • Walled garden – only really works with Autel sensors
  • A long list of instructions – will take a few minutes to fully learn


Autel TS508K vs TS408 vs TS508 Comparison Guide

The MaxiTPMS TS508K is not the only TPMS from Autel on the market, but it is one of their more recent offerings. Here is a quick chat that shows how it compares to some of the other models. Please note the TS508K is the kit version of the TS508. That means it comes with additional sensors.

Autel TS508K
Autel TS508K
Autel TS408
Autel TS408
Autel TS508
Autel TS508
Customer Rating
4.34.3 / 5
4.34.3 / 5
4.24.2 / 5
PriceAutel TS508K priceAutel TS408 priceAutel TS508 price
Weight4.81 pounds3.8 pounds4 pounds
Additional sensors8 Pics MX Four 315-MHzFour 433-MHz----
Reprogram TPMS--
Read TPMS Codes--
Clone TPMS Sensors--
Relearn TPMS ECU
Read Other System Codes
Read TPMS Sensor Data
Activate TPMS Sensors

FAQs

What is TPMS?

A TPMS exists to inform you, the driver if you have under-inflated tires and a possible unsafe driving situation. Out of the box, these systems provide a simple, yellow, low-tire-pressure indicator on your dashboard. This indicator is a horseshoe-shaped tire cross-section with an exclamation point.

While easy to understand, each TPMS works slightly differently under the hood depending on if it is an indirect or direct system. Indirect TPMS just flag your tires as deflated if they spin faster than they should, making them unreliable under certain conditions.  

Direct TPMS are more expensive, but they at least test the actual pressures in your tires, only lighting the lamp during a low-pressure situation. They use wireless sensors, which allows them to get quite sophisticated with all sorts of proprietary features and specifications.

Will the TS508K work on my vehicle?

Autel has an online compatibility list. If your vehicle is on the list for the TS508, the TS508K will work with it. The device has built-in software to work will all modern North American, European, and Asian vehicles, and it can work with models as recent as 2001.

work with models as recent as 2001.

Can I use the Autel TS508K with sensors from other manufacturers?

No. The TPMS tool will only work with Autel sensors. Fortunately, TS508K comes with 8 snap-on sensors.

What is the highest pressure the TS508K can monitor?

The Autel TS508K can only monitor pressures up to 800 kPa or 116 psi.

Will the TPMS work with OEM sensors?

The Autel TS508K will work with any Autel sensors. However, you can only read from OEM sensors. You cannot rewrite them.

Will the Autel TS508K work with airbags?

No, the TS508K only works with TPMS. You can use the Autel AL619/MD805 scanner to diagnose air bangs.

Read more: Honest Review of The Top Autel TPMS Tools 2019

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