What Does TPMS Mean?

December 1st, 2018 by

Dashboard Lights and GaugesIf you’re looking at your dash and wondering what that TPMS warning light means, we’re here to help. It stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and it uses tire pressure sensors to track the air pressure of your tire. If it senses one or more of your vehicle’s tires isn’t at the recommended pressure, the light will go off — some TPMS lights flash — so you know to add air to your Soul or Sorento and take care of your tires.

It might not be your first thought when it comes to safety, but the TPMS makes it easy to prevent tire failure and have predictable vehicle handling when driving around Mascoutah.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Features

The purpose of a tire pressure monitoring system is to track the pressure inside your tires and alert you if the levels drop too low. If your tire pressure light becomes illuminated it means your tires are under-inflated, which could cause:

  • Excessive tire wear
  • Poor traction
  • Decreased load carrying capability
  • A flat tire or blowout

Proper tire inflation makes sure your tires don’t wear out before their prime and helps to ensure you won’t have to drive on your spare tire. A tire pressure monitoring system is a great way to keep track of your tire pressure during your Trenton travels without having to remember to do manual checks yourself.

Proper Tire Inflation

Both over- and under-inflation of tires can lead to a host of unwanted issues for drivers. Meanwhile, a properly inflated tire will:

  • Reduce tread movement thereby increasing the life of the tire
  • Reduce rolling resistance which will increase vehicle efficiency
  • Increase water dispersion which decreases the likelihood of hydroplaning

To find out what the proper tire pressure is for your vehicle, consult your owner’s manual. Making sure your tires are properly inflated is a quick and simple task that can save you money and stress long term.

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