Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Operating your tires below inflation standards puts the overall performance of your vehicle and the safety of your passengers at risk. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System helps improve your safety on the road in several ways. It can improve your vehicle’s maneuverability, decrease the tread wear of your tires, reduce your vehicle’s braking distance, and improve your vehicle’s fuel economy. Today, there are two types of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems in existence—Direct and Indirect. Sensors on the inside of a tire assembly transmit tire pressure information to a vehicle's computer in a Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring System. An Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System gauges tire pressure through your vehicle’s Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). The system uses speed sensors to measure the rotational speed of each wheel. As tire pressure decreases, the rolling distance decreases, and the rotational speed increases. All vehicles must be equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System in order to maintain regular performance standards.
The TPMS in your vehicle is constantly monitoring the air pressure in your tires. If the tire pressure falls below the recommended level set by the manufacturer, the TPMS system will detect it and report it by lighting up an indicator on the dashboard. If the TPMS light on your dashboard is flashing, you should check your tire pressure, inflate the affected tire to the level indicated by the manufacturer, or bring your vehicle into our shop so that the issue can be remedied by our expert staff. Our service staff will run a series of tests during a TPMS maintenance service to ensure that the system is operating correctly and at maximum efficiency. If our technicians uncover damage to the system or its accompanying components, they may need to replace any of the following: valve cores, valve nuts, seals, seal washers, or valve caps. For TPMS repairs, maintenance, replacement, or installation services, contact us today.