What Does TPMS Mean?

TPMS Light on Dash

 

You have an assortment of alert lights on your Acura dashboard. What does TPMS mean when it pops up on your dash? It stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and it uses sensors to keep track of the air pressure in your tires. When you’re driving around Asheville and your tire pressure is fine, you won’t see the light. But when it comes on, it’ll either be the letter TPMS or an image of a flat tire with an exclamation point, you need to check the air pressure in your tires and fill them to the psi recommended by your owner’s manual. Why is this important? Find out with the Apple Tree Acura service department.

How the Tire Pressure Monitoring System Helps Your Car

Now that you know what TPMS means, let’s take a look at how it can help you when you’re driving in Hendersonville. Under-inflated tires can cause a host of problems like:

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

By keeping your tires inflated to the recommended pressure level you can eliminate a potential accident source while keeping your tires in good shape for a longer period of time. Over-inflated tires can also cause problems, too. Properly inflated tires can also improve your Johnson City fuel economy. While you can manually check your tire pressure with a tire gauge, your TPMS provides an extra layer of protection and security in case you forget to check your tire pressure.

Benefits of Proper Tire Inflation

Tires aren’t one-pressure-fits-all, though. To know the right tire pressure for your particular vehicle, check your owner’s manual. Whether you rely solely on your vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system or also check it manually once a month, here are some of the benefits you’ll get when you drive with properly-inflated tires:

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

So, how do you get your tires properly inflated? Your neighborhood gas station likely has a tire air pump available to use for a low cost. You’re also welcome to bring your car to the Apple Tree Acura service center for tire service. Or, if you’re in a pinch and just need to top off the air in a tire, you can even use your bike tire pump at home.

Take Care of Your Tires with Apple Tree Acura

At Apple Tree Acura we can help with all your tire care needs, from getting the most out of your tire pressure monitoring system, to when to rotate your tires, and more. When it’s time for new tires, consult our parts and service specials for great savings! Contact us with all your tire-related questions.

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