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Often, we ignore the signs that appear on our vehicle dashboard without having in mind that it is essential to pay attention to them. One of these crucial signs is your vehicle's TPMS light!
Picture this: you’re driving on the road when you see your TPMS light come on. It is not the kind of warning you should ever ignore. Your car is telling you to check your tire pressure because it senses a bad imbalance in the load one of your tires is carrying and wants to prevent you from having a blow-out on the highway! In this blog, we will teach you what your vehicle's TPMS does and what it means when the light comes on!
What does it mean when your vehicle's TPMS light comes on?
If your TPMS light comes on, it is a sign that your vehicle tires could be under-inflated and can later cause a big accident on the road! It can also be a fault somewhere in the system having nothing to do with tire pressure. If you inflate your tires to the proper pressure and still see the light, it may be a faulty sensor.
How does your car's TPMS work?
Your car's TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) measures the balance of your car to tell you when your vehicle's tires are low and it's time to fill them with air. Your car knows that something is off and that one or more of the tires is carrying more of the load than it should, which can be a sign that the tire is in jeopardy.
If you ever tend to be driving on the road and your vehicle's TPMS light comes on, do not ignore it! Make sure to check your tire pressure, and be ready to drive on the road safely. We recommend purchasing a tire inflator that works off of your car’s lighter port for these reasons. If you’re away from home and the TPMS light should come on, it’s simple enough to re-inflate the tires to the correct balance (which is located on the inside door frame of the driver’s door, by the way).
Your tires are a desperately important part of your drive. They are the primary contact your car has with the road, and they are filled with air-- so it’s vital to make sure that you heed any warnings that your car gives you regarding your tires.
Here at D&E Auto Repair, our team can assist you with tire air inflation! You and your vehicle will leave our auto repair shop with a safer and more reliable car. Schedule an appointment today, and we can bring our families together. Our auto repair shop is conveniently located at 3328 Esplanade St., Chico, CA 95973, and we are open Monday through Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM.