What Does TPMS Mean?

When reviewing the spec sheet of your new favorite vehicle, you may have come across “TPMS.” What does TPMS mean? TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and this feature uses sensors to keep tabs on the air pressure in your tires. If it senses one or more of your vehicle’s tires aren’t at the recommended pressure, the TPMS warning light on your dashboard will turn on or flash. If this is the case, it is time to add air to the affected tire(s). When your tires do not have the recommended amount of air pressure, it can lead to decreased handling, and it can also cause your tires to wear down more quickly.



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. On your dashboard, the TPMS warning light could resemble a flat tire with an exclamation point in the center or the illuminated letters “TPMS.” When this light pops up on your dashboard you will want to fix the issue as soon as possible to prevent these problems:

  • Poor traction
  • Decreased load carrying capability
  • A flat tire or blowout
  • Poor fuel economy

Improperly inflated tires could make a collision more likely, and over time your tires can wear down prematurely. In addition, low tire pressure can also decrease your vehicle’s fuel economy. A tire pressure monitoring system is beneficial because you can easily find out when to add air to your tires without having to check them manually.

Proper Tire Inflation

Did you know that overinflated tires can cause issues as well? Listed below are just a few of the benefits of properly inflated tires:

  • Reduced tread movement for better tire longevity
  • Reduced rolling resistance for more efficient performance
  • Increased water dispersion to mitigate the potential for hydroplaning

If you are not sure about the proper tire pressure for your particular make and model, that information can be found in your owner’s manual. The simple task of checking your tire pressure can save you a lot of stress (and money) in the long run.

If you need to fill your tires to reach the proper air pressure, you have a couple of options:

  • Many gas stations have tire filling areas separate from the pump station.
  • You can bring your vehicle to one of our service centers for full tire service.
  • If you need a little more air in your tires in a pinch, a bike pump can be used.

Keep Your Vehicle in Like-New Condition with Sam Leman Automotive Group

Now that you know a little more about the TPMS and the benefits of properly inflated tires, you may have additional questions about what tire numbers mean or when to rotate tires. That’s ok! The experts at Sam Leman Automotive Group are here to provide you with the information you need. Contact us today.

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