What Does TPMS Mean?

tires with TPMS monitoring system installed

TPMS means Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The majority of new vehicles feature this system. It uses sensors to monitor the amount of air pressure in your tires, and if any of your tires aren’t at recommended levels, a warning light on your dashboard will flash, alerting you that you need to go inflate your tires before getting back on Stratford roads. Read on for a breakdown of all the issues low inflation can cause, and if you have further questions, reach out to the Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC tire centre in Charlottetown for help!


Dangers of Under Inflated Tires

What does TPMS mean? As you know, it’s the Tire Pressure Monitoring System that your vehicle in Cornwall likely features if it’s from the past decade. If your dashboard TPMS light flashes, you need to go air up your tires, even if they’re just shy of the mark. That’s because underinflated tires can cause:

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

Benefits of Properly Inflated Tires

Both under- and over-inflated tires put PEI drivers at greater risk. A properly inflated tire, however, will:

  • Reduce tread movement and increase your tire’s lifespan
  • Reduce rolling resistance, increasing your fuel economy
  • Increase water dispersion, decreasing the odds of hydroplaning

If you’re unsure of exactly how much pressure should be in your tires, consult your owner’s manual.

Reach Out to Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC for Help

Are you having issues with your tires? Is your Tire Pressure Monitor System continuing to flash even after airing up your tires? You may need a tire patch or tire replacements. If this sounds like you, don’t risk a blowout by waiting. Give Hillside Chevrolet Buick GMC a call at 833-914-1419. If you have other service questions unrelated to “What does TPMS Mean?”, be sure to explore our service tips for more informative guides on how long brakes last and more!

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