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What is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System?

What is the Tire Pressure Monitoring System?

Keeping the tires properly inflated is important for your driving safety. If you are driving a 2008 or newer car, truck or SUV, it has a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) already installed. This feature became standard on all 2008 and newer models. Some older models may have the TPMS depending on their year and make.

The TPMS symbol will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer so please familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s system. The most common symbol looks like a cut away tire with the ! in the center of the tire. If a tire loses 25% of it’s recommended tire pressure, the TPMS light should appear. Even though this is a good warning system, if you routinely carry a large number of passengers, or have heavy loads in your pick up, an underinflated tire can create handling problems and possibly leave you on the side of the road with a flat tire.
When the TPMS light illuminates, we recommend checking the tire pressure on all tires. Only one may need air, but checking all of them is a good habit to have. If the light is flashing, there could be a malfunction with the TPMS system. Your TPMS light may also flash if you are using a spare tire and the vehicle cannot detect the sensor of the original wheel.

TPMS is a feature that improves your safety while driving. But it is only effective if drivers can identify and understand the light and are vigilant about checking their tire pressure. 

A tire that is underinflated by just 5 pounds per square inch can potentially fail. An underinflated tire flexes more than a properly inflated tire, and that creates heat. Excessive heat can break down components and chemical bonds inside a tire. It's especially important to be vigilant about tire pressure when the weather is hot and vehicle speeds are high. As we head into the Fall weather with cooler temperatures air pressure will drop in tires. This is also a time to stay on top of your tire pressure.  Most automotive shops will routinely check your tire pressure when your vehicle is in for service.

Feel free to stop at Robinwood Automotive anytime and we will gladly check your tire pressure!

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