There are several reasons to have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), from safety to better fuel economy. A TPMS automatically reads the tire pressure in all of your tires and alerts the driver when there is low tire pressure or an issue with your tires. The TPMS lets you have peace of mind about the status of your tires. While most TPMS systems come with your vehicle, it is possible to add an aftermarket system.
TPMS is an important safety feature that ensures your tires are inflated to a proper pounds per square inch. Since 2007, all vehicles manufactured are required to have a TPMS installed. The TPMS system can alert you of a slow leak or a flat tire before you may even notice it. If you have a flat tire or slow leak, you can then take your vehicle in for a flat tire repair.
TPMS sensors are small sensors placed inside your tires that help evaluate the tire pressure while driving. The sensors are calibrated with your vehicle’s tire pressure monitor system so that you are alerted when a tire goes below the optimal pressure for driving.
In many cases, the vehicle can also tell you which tire is low and how much air pressure it currently has. The TPMS sensor helps you drive safely and also helps save you money by avoiding unnecessary wear and tear to your tires.
Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, as well as the year, your TPMS sensor light may look different. In most cases, a light is located on your dashboard with an exclamation point (!) icon. This sensor will light up when tire pressure in one or more of your tires is below the recommendation from the manufacturer. The sensor also may blink multiple times before staying illuminated, indicating that the system may need attention.
You’ll want to replace the TPMS sensor in your vehicle every 5 to 10 years. The sensors are battery-operated and need to be replaced once the battery runs out. When you purchase new tires, the TPMS sensors will be placed in your new tires and calibrated.
One way to tell if you need a new TPMS sensor is if your vehicle continues to alert you to low air pressure issues and all of your tires are properly inflated. If you see the TPMS light without the need for any adjustments, it may be because a sensor is faulty. If you have a sensor working improperly, you can bring your vehicle to an automotive repair shop to be assessed. You may need a TPMS sensor replacement or a TPMS reset.
If you need to have your TPMS sensor evaluated or you’re looking to replace a sensor in your vehicle, you can head to Mavis Discount Tire. Schedule an appointment today