What Does TPMS Mean?

TPMS Light on Dash

 

We get a lot of questions about automotive parts and service here at Tate Branch Artesia – one such question when it comes to modern vehicle technology is “what does TPMS mean?” In short, TPMS stands for ‘Tire Pressure Monitoring System,’ and it’s the name of a system in your vehicle that utilizes the power of radio-frequency to send information about your vehicle’s tire pressure, for each tire respectively, to your car, truck, or SUVs onboard computer. Keep reading to learn more about TPMS and the purpose it serves – and be sure to reach out to us if you have any questions, we’re here to help our fellow Roswell area community members!

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Function & Features

As we mentioned above, the core purpose of the TPMS is to accurately track and live-report the air pressure inside your tires – alerting you with a dashboard warning light if the pressure in one or more tires becomes too low. Typically, this warning light will look like a front-view of a flat tire, often with an exclamation point in its center. Alternatively, you might just see the letters ‘TPMS’ light up on the dash, instead. If your TPMS warning light has come on, it means either that one or more of your tires is low, or that there is a fault in the TPMS system itself, such as the need for replacement sensors, which are individually battery powered.

It is important to heed the warning of the TPMS warning light quickly, for the safety of yourself and others on Clovis roads. If you ignore the warnings of a solid or blinking TPMS light, you run the risk of the following, and more:

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

Proper Tire Inflation Really Counts!

More than just checking your tire pressure, it’s important to know how to properly keep your tires inflated. Believe it or not, under-inflated tires aren’t the only thing that can lead to a whole host of unwanted issues – overinflated tires can as well!

On the other hand, properly inflated tires help to reduce tread-movement and rolling resistance, thereby increasing the life of the tire. On top of that, a properly inflated tire will also ensure proper water displacement, per the manufacturer’s design. A quick online search will show plenty of useful guides as to how to properly inflate your vehicle’s tires, getting you safely back on the roads of Ruidoso!

Tate Branch Artesia for All of Your Service & Repair Needs!

If you’ve topped off your tires, ensuring that they’ve been properly inflated, and that darn TPMS light just wont go away, it may be time to seek the assistance of certified professionals, like the team at the Tate Branch Artesia service center! Looking for great deals on OEM tires? Check out our tire finder tool, powered by Mopar.com!

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