Low Tire Pressure Monitoring System Can Save Lives

 In Ask Your Mechanics, Brakes & Car Parts, Car Care Tips

Low Tire Pressure courtesy of Bestride.com

Here in Red Oak and Ellis County, new passenger cars are equipped with monitoring systems that measure tire pressure. It’s known as TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The driver is alerted if the system detects low tire pressure. Many customers have questions about TPMS, so we will explain it here in more detail.

To start with, did you know that you should routinely check your tire pressure? It’s best to do it once a week, or at the least, each time you fill up. Every tire company has recommendations about how inflated the tires should be, so if your tires fall more than 20% below that standard, the TPMS will alert you.

If your tires are severely under-inflated, it can be very dangerous. Ultimately, tire failure can occur due to overheating from low inflation. This makes steering and handling your car very difficult, which can easily lead to accidents. Low pressure tires also cause your car to have poor gas mileage, which consumers will pay for at the gas pump.

How Practical Is the Low Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)?

The answer to this question is easy! The system will alert you not just if your tire pressure is low, but also if it has lost pressure due to punctures or other damage. Being alerted to this early may save you a significant amount of money in the long run.

In short, the TPMS system will give you peace of mind knowing you’ll be alerted if it detects low tire pressure. Since many people don’t check their tire pressure very often, this can prevent many potential problems.

Another great benefit is not having to worry about the system itself. It performs its own safety checks and will alert you if battery life is getting ready to fail. Your wheels will have small sensors that will communicate with the monitor. These sensors can be damaged, especially from the salt that so many of our roads here in DFW Metroplex have. TPMS will warn you so you can address the issues before a major malfunction happens.

The down side is that tire centers, including Castrol Express Car Service, must have the proper equipment to deal with the various models and manufacturers of the TPMS systems. The system will need to be updated once tire rotation has occurred so it always senses the correct tire in the correct location while it is looking for any signs of low tire pressure.

Making sure all necessary systems and maintenance are in place for each type of tire monitoring system can be rather costly. To help offset these expenses, the price of tires overall has increased in recent years.

Keep in mind also that if you purchase special tire rims, you should make sure the TPMS system you have fits those rims. If the rims are customized, the sensors may not fit and new sensors would need to be purchased. Failing to have the proper TPMS system sensors on your tires will not only result in low tire pressure, but also cause the light in the old system to stay on constantly. This would mean that the warning system that has been built is useless.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line here is that the TPMS system is worth its weight in gold and absolutely could save lives! So, we feel it’s definitely worth the hassle and the expense of having it. The good news is Castrol Express Car Service 75154 is equipped to handle all the various TPMS systems, as well as other preventive maintenance so call us or come by today!


Castrol Express Car Service
240 E. Ovilla Rd
Red Oak, TX 75154

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