Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
Let your tires check themselves
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS, monitors the air pressure in your tires automatically and warns you when things are looking off. You know if your tires are low or flat without ever getting your hands dirty. Then you can get them back to the proper pressure, keeping your car safe and fuel efficient, while reducing braking distance and tire wear. When your TPMS light goes on, make an appointment. We’ll make sure your tires are good to go.
Two Types of TPMS
Direct TPMS uses a sensor located in the tire assembly that transmits data to your vehicle's computer system. It measures the tire's pressure and notifies the driver when pressure drops 25 percent or more below the manufacturer's recommended level.
Direct TPMS equipped tires are slightly more expensive because proper care requires extra parts and labor. Costs vary, but on average come out to about $5-$10 per tire. A small price for peace of mind.
Indirect TPMS uses the Antilock Braking System (ABS) to gauge tire pressure by measuring the difference in diameter of each tire.
DO I HAVE TPMS
According to Congress’ TREAD act, most cars made in 2006-2007 and all cars made thereafter have to have TPMS. If your car is equipped, you’ll see a “low tire pressure” warning when you turn your key to “on.” If you’re curious to know which type of TPMS is watching over your tires, swing by. We can tell.