TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

October 16th, 2019 by

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Did you know that the weather has a direct effect on your tires? Every year when Fall rolls around, the weather finally gives us a break from the summer heat. However, what most people don’t know is that when the temps drastically drop, so does the pressure in your tires.

When this happens, the TPMS light on your dash will come on indicating there’s an issue. Often times customers assume air may be leaking from their tires somewhere, but what the indicator is actuallytelling you is that the air pressure in your tires has dropped.

As a general rule of thumb, with every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tire pressure loses about 1 PSI–so where is the air going? The air in fact is not escaping your tire, it is simply condensing (as things do when temperatures drop).

Something else to keep in mind as well is that–regardless of weather–about 1 PSI is lost per month from your tires through the tread and rim around your tire. That, in combination with the drop in outdoor temperature, is reason enough to have your tires checked.

An easy solution is to bring your vehicle into the dealership so we can inflate your tires to the proper level. Sometimes when your car is turned on and begins to warm up, the air in the tires will adjust naturally, but it’s always safe to err on the side of caution (not to mention properly inflated tires also helps your fuel efficiency!).

Have any additional questions about your tire pressure or any other vehicle related concerns? Reach out to us anytime or schedule an auto service appointment online through our scheduler.

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