What Does TPMS Mean?

TPMS Sensors


As a responsible driver, you likely want to get to know the ins and outs of your vehicle. If you’ve ever seen your dashboard warning lights pop on during your commute from Bellaire to Kalkaska, then you know more than most the importance of understanding the needs of your car. So, what does TPMS mean? TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System, a feature that uses tire pressure sensors to gauge the air level in your tires.

If one or more of your tires is running low, the tire pressure monitoring system light will turn on in the dash to alert you of the issue. Whether you drive a Volkswagen or a Cadillac, you can count on your vehicle to keep you informed through the TPMS light. Read on below to learn more about proper tire care!

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Features

The purpose of your TPMS is to keep tabs on the air level inside your tires. When the air volume drops below a safe level, the TPMS light will turn on to give you a warning. Your tire pressure monitoring system warning light may look like a flat tire with an exclamation mark in the middle, or it may simply display the illuminated letters “TPMS.” When you see this light, it means your tires are underinflated, which can lead to:

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

In the short term, proper tire inflation will protect you from a potential accident by helping you retain control. Over the long haul, proper tire care will optimize your fuel economy and performance. Along with that, keeping your tires at the proper air pressure will prevent uneven or premature wear and tear. 

Proper Tire Inflation

Both over- and under-inflated tires can cause unwanted issues behind the wheel. On the flip side, properly inflating your tires will:

  • Reduce tread movement thus increasing the lifespan of the tire
  • Reduce rolling resistance to increase vehicle efficiency
  • Increase water dispersion which decreases the chances of hydroplaning 

Your owner’s manual is your best resource for determining the proper psi for your tires. Keeping your tires properly inflated is a simple task that can go a long way towards helping you save in the long run. When you need to add air to your tires, you have several options:

  • Visit any local gas station, as most have a tire pump area.
  • Take a trip to any of our service locations for a quick tire refill. 
  • In an emergency, you can even use a bike pump to add air to your tires. 

Keep Your Vehicle Running Smoothly With Serra Traverse City

Now that you can answer the question, “What does TPMS mean?” you’re ready to handle car care like a professional. If you need service tips for your DIY tasks, contact us for guidance. As always, our service team is here to help you through all things automotive!

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