What Does TPMS Mean?

TPMS Light on Black Background

If you’ve been searching for a new or a used vehicle, and you’ve seen that it offers a “TPMS,” we’d understand if you have a few questions on your mind. So, what does TPMS mean? The letters in this acronym stand for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, a tool that allows you to check or monitor your tire pressure right from your dashboard. If there’s a problem, your TPMS will light up or flash to show you that it’s time for a checkup.

What Does the Tire Pressure Monitoring System Do?

Most drivers don’t give much thought to their tire pressure, but since your tires are the only thing standing between your vehicle and the road, it’s important to give them proper attention. Your Tire Pressure Monitoring System makes it easy, by letting you know immediately when there’s a problem!

What does TPMS mean when it shows up on your dashboard? The primary meaning should be obvious: Your tires are low on air, and need to be refilled to the recommended PSI. In practice, low tire pressure also comes with a host of negative, undesirable effects:

  • Accelerated tire wear
  • Poor traction and lower fuel economy
  • Decreased payload and towing capability
  • Increased risk of a flat tire or a blowout

Remember, over-inflating your tires can be just as bad as leaving them with low pressure. Having too much air in your tires could also cause your TPMS warning light to come on.

The Benefits of Proper Tire Inflation

We know you get busy on your daily drives around Caseyville and East St. Louis, but no driver should ignore their TPMS when it lights up. To find the proper tire pressure for your vehicle, simply consult your owner’s manual or contact the Auffenberg Dealer Group service team.

Although it might seem like a chore, drivers who keep their tire pressure at the proper levels will enjoy numerous tangible benefits, including:

  • Superior handling and control for a more engaging daily drive
  • A longer tire lifespan, and increased savings as a result
  • Increased water dispersion for improved all-weather performance

Remember: Regular tire rotation makes it even easier to keep your tires working as they should.

If you’re sure that your tire pressure is at the proper level, but your TPMS light won’t go off, you’ll want to find out how to perform a manual reset with our service team.

Adding Air to Tires

Keep Your Vehicle Running Properly With Auffenberg Dealer Group

If your tire pressure monitoring light keeps coming on, you may be in need of a new set of tires! If that’s the case, the team at the Auffenberg Dealer Group would be happy to hook you up with a new set. Our service centers near O'Fallon have the tools to get you back on the road in no time, and it’s easy to schedule service online. Just make sure to check out our oil change and tire service coupons before you drive in!

Have some less-routine maintenance issues, like a locked steering wheel or an unusual noise? Our service team can help out with those, too.

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