Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor Breakdown

TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor and is a part that is designed to inform the driver when any tire on a vehicle is below 25 percent of the recommended tire pressure. All 2008 model year and forward vehicles must be equipped with a TPMS sensors system by law.

And while the system is a great safety feature, the tire pressure monitoring system is not a substitute for manually checking your tire pressure. For more precise measurements, use a tire gauge to check your tire pressure at least once a month. Failure to properly maintain tire pressure can increase the risk of tire failure, loss of control, vehicle rollover and personal injury.

What do I do when I get a TPMS warning?

If the TPMS warning light is illuminated, you should stop driving as soon as possible to check your tire pressure and inflate your tires to the correct pressure. Even if the TPMS light turns on and then turns off a short time later, your tires still need to be checked. Driving on a significantly under-inflated tire causes the tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure. Under-inflation also reduces fuel efficiency and tire tread life and may affect the vehicle’s handling and stop ability.

What if my TPMS malfunctions?

When the TPMS is not operating properly, the TPMS warning light will flash for about one minute and then remain continuously illuminated. As long as the system malfunction exists, the blinking sequence will repeat at vehicle start-up to indicate that the TPMS is not working properly.

When the malfunction indicator is active, the system may not be able to detect or signal low tire pressure. TPMS malfunctions can occur for a variety of reasons, including replacement tires or wheels that prevent the TPMS from functioning properly. Always check for the TPMS malfunction indicator after replacing any of the tires or wheels on your vehicle.

To quickly fix your TPMS with the correct equipment, make an appointment with a Barton Ford service advisor today!

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