What Does TPMS Mean?

tire pumpIf you have noticed the TPMS warning light on your dashboard and are wondering what it means, Dakota Chrysler Center has the answer. It stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which uses tire pressure sensors to monitor the air pressure of your tire. If the system senses one or more of your vehicle’s tires fall below the recommended pressure, the light will go off — some TPMS lights flash — so you know your tires need attention.

Although tire pressure may not be the first thing on your mind when you get behind the wheel, the TPMS makes it easy to prevent tire wear and have predictable vehicle handling when driving around Breckenridge.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Features

The TPMS was designed to let you know if your vehicle’s tires are not inflated to an optimal level. If your tire pressure light becomes illuminated, it is a sign that your tires require air. Not having enough air in your tires can lead to:

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

By having your tires properly inflated, you decrease tire wear and the chance of an accident while on the road. A tire pressure monitoring system is a great way to keep track of your tire pressure during your Fargo travels so you don’t have to manually check your tires at least once a month.

Proper Tire Inflation

While under-inflated tires can lead to a host of unwanted issues for drivers, over-inflated tires can cause problems as well. Keeping tires inflated to the right level helps to:

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

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.
driver checking tire pressure

Keep Your Vehicle Running Properly With Dakota Chrysler Center

Find a vehicle with a tire pressure monitoring system right here at Dakota Chrysler Center. If you would like to know more about tire care, our service center experts would be glad to assist you. Contact us today to find out more about services like tire rotation.