TPMS Explained

What You Need to Know

Of course drivers don’t dream about the day they have to replace or repair their tires. That’s something you take care of when you have to, when they are worn or damaged. With that in mind, is there a way to help your tires last as long as possible? We’re glad you asked! In fact, there is a system your car uses to monitor your tires -- the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Dave’s Ultimate Automotive in South Austin, Texas can explain everything you need to know about it so that you can manage your tires!

The Tire Distress Signal

Something that can be tricky about tire damage is knowing when it has happened. Sometimes a nail can get embedded in the rubber and unless you thoroughly inspect the tires after each time you drive, you might not catch it right away. That’s where the TPMS helps. It is the tire’s distress signal and notifies you when the air pressure drops below 35% of the recommended inflation level.

What Happens When Tires Are Flat

Why do you need to be notified when tire pressure drops? Driving on underinflated tires has a few negative impacts.

  1. Flat tires aren’t fuel efficient. Your car uses more gas to travel on underinflated tires, which means you’ll spend more on fill-ups and contribute excess emissions to the atmosphere!
  2. Underinflated tires cause accidents. You don’t have the best control without healthy, inflated tires. In emergency situations and inclement weather, your car may not have enough traction to navigate safely.
  3. If you care about optimal performance, you know how important the tires are. They increase steering, handling, stability, and comfort while driving.

What To Do

What should you do if you see the TPMS warning light illuminated on your dashboard? Head to Dave’s Ultimate Automotive in South Austin, Texas as soon as you can! Our technicians will inspect your tires for damage, repair any damage, replace bald tires, and restore proper air pressure. Whatever your vehicle needs to get back on the road with optimal control and safety, we’ll handle.

Tire repairs should always be performed by a professional as soon as possible. The faster you can get to our shop for repairs, the more likely we’ll be able to repair the problem! If your tire has lost significant air pressure and you’ve continued driving for a long time, your tire’s integrity will be weakened and it will have to be replaced.

Written by Dave's Ultimate Automotive