The TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is an electronic monitoring system for the air pressure in your tires. This system will notify you if it senses one or more of your tires is either underinflated or overinflated. Improper inflation can lead to tire failure, undue tire wear, and reduced gas mileage. Keeping your tires properly inflated will improve and maintain vehicle handling, tire performance and longevity, and load bearing capability.
Remember that your TPMS system is not a replacement for regularly checking your tire pressure. Also, if you have a vehicle with a spare tire, you should check the inflation of that tire every time that you check your other tires. While some TPMS systems monitor the condition of the spare, many do not. Check your owner's manual for information about your spare tire including the proper inflation level.
If your TPMS light comes on while driving, find a safe place to pull over and do a visual inspection of your tires. You want to make sure you aren't driving on a severely underinflated or flat tire. If your tire is severely underinflated or flat, put your spare tire on, or if you have road side assistance give them a call. If your tires appear to be drivable, proceed to your closest service station and check the inflation level of all four tires, plus the spare, if you have one. With some vehicles you may need to reset your TPMS light or drive the vehicle before the light will go back out. Please consult your owner’s manual for details on your vehicle's system requirements.
You may experience your TPMS light turning on and off, especially during extreme weather. The pressure in your tires is affected by the temperature outside. As the air gets cooler, the pressure naturally lowers. Conversely, the pressure will increase as the temperature rises. You may experience a situation where the light is on in the morning when you get in the car, or after the car has sat for a period of time, then the light goes off with the warming of the day or while driving once the tires have heated up. In either case, we recommend stopping in at your local service station and checking the level in all tires.
If, when you started your vehicle, the TPMS light flashed for 60-90 seconds and stayed on, you have a system malfunction. That light means that one or more components in the system is not operating. Please call your call service station and schedule an appointment for them to check the system. While the system is not working it will not warn you of tire pressure issues, so keep a vigilant eye on your tires, and have the system repaired as soon as possible.
Remember that proper tire maintenance is vitally important tire performance and longevity. It affects fuel economy and more importantly, the safety of the driver and passengers in the vehicle. Remember, your Tire Pressure Monitoring System is not meant take the place of regular tire pressure checks. If you have further questions about your TPMS light, or your light is on and you need to make an appointment, give us a call at (866) 385-8059 or click here to use our online service scheduler.