What Does TPMS Mean?

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It’s not something that you think to ask until the warning light comes on: What does TPMS mean? Is my car going to explode?

  1. TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  2. Your car is not under any circumstances going to explode because of tire pressure.

With those questions answered, you’re probably wondering how to appease the tire pressures on your wheels, how lower tire pressure hurts your vehicle, and how to turn that darn TPMS warning light off. Whether your driving a Dodge Challenger or RAM 1500 on Grand Island streets, the Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram service tips below should help you understand what the TPMS warning light means.

 

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Features

It may seem obvious, but a tire pressure monitoring system tracks the pressure inside of your tires. When the pressure drops too low, the warning line turns on. You can also do your own tire pressure checks with a pressure gauge, which is sold at most gas stations.

When your TPMS sensors cause your warning light to turn on, it means:

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

Keeping your tires properly inflated will ensure they don’t wear out too quickly, and also protects you from potential accidents as you drive down Hastings area highways.

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Proper Tire Inflation Instructions

The tire pressure sensors have gone off, now what? Under-inflation is not good, but so is over-inflation. To properly inflate your tires and cause the tire pressure light to go off, follow these instructions:

How to Inflate Car Tires

  1. Parked on a level surface next to an air machine—they’re at most gas stations—remove the caps from your tires’ valve stems.
  2. Press your gauge onto the tire’s stem. This should indicate the current psi tire pressure reading.
  3. Most tires will list recommended psi ratings on the outer tire wall. You can also check your owner’s manual. If the gauge’s psi reading is higher than that recommendation, press the gauge tip on the valve stem until you hear air leak out. Check the psi again.
  4. If lower, take the air hose from the air machine and press it into the valve stem to add air. You should hear air enter the tire.
  5. Periodically check the pressure with the gauge, ensuring not to overfill.
  6. Once your tire air pressure is at the proper level, replace the valve dust caps.

Proper Tire Inflation Benefits

The benefits of tires with the proper amount of air are numerous:

  • Reduces tread movement thereby increasing the life of the tire
  • Reduces rolling resistance which will increase vehicle efficiency, including fuel economy
  • Increases water dispersion which decreases the likelihood of hydroplaning

Keep Your Vehicle Running Properly With Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

The service center at Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is happy to help Lexington and Holdrege drivers with any and all problems or curiosities, from questions about the serpentine belt to questions about OEM and aftermarket parts or how to reset a RAM 1500 check engine light. And if you’re worried about your TPMS light and the potential of tire failure, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment!

Service Specials at Midway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Oil and Tire Package

$34.95

5qt Oil Change

$49.95

With Tire Rotation

Free

Multi-Point Inspection

Balancing tires, tax and more than 5 quarts of oil, extra. Most V6 engines and other select vehicles require more than 5 quarts of oil. See dealer for eligible vehicles and details. Diesels and synthetic/synthetic blend oil may be higher. Taxes not included. Present offer at time of service.

Alignment Package Special

$169.95

3 Year Package

$199.95

5 Year Package

Regular Wheel Alignment Service: $129.99. Proper wheel alignments allow for safer driving. Wheel alignment will also extend the life of your tires. Incorrectly aligned wheels is a main cause for uneven wear on a tire.

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