What Are the Advantages of Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)?

Many vehicles on the road today are technologically advanced, almost like computers on wheels. One high-tech feature that you may or not know about is the tire pressure monitoring system, also known as TPMS. As the name suggests, the system is composed of various sensors located on your wheels to monitor your tire pressure. There are two types of TPMS: direct and indirect.

 

A direct TPMS comprises wheel-mounted sensory devices that measure pressure in each of your vehicle’s tires. The sensor sends information to your vehicle’s computer. When it reads low pressure or 25% below the recommended PSI, it will trigger the TPMS warning light to come on your dashboard. 

 

An indirect TPMS is simply a part of the ABS, anti-lock braking system. It uses information from the speed sensors in that system to measure wheel speed. It can read how your tires roll, and underinflated tires roll at a slower rate. 

 

The TPMS is a great tool that can prevent accidents and improve your fuel economy. While TPMS is great in informing drivers when their tires are low or flat, you should not neglect checking your tire pressure altogether. It is good practice to manually monitor your tire pressure.

 

What Does It Mean When the TPMS is Flashing?

In some cases, the TPMS light blink on your dashboard. In this scenario, it means that there’s nothing wrong with your tires themselves. A flashing TPMS light signals an error in the system, usually with the sensors.

 

In conclusion, the TPMS plays an essential role in modern cars. While it can’t solve problems, it can definitely prevent accidents from occurring. Whether you need your tire pressure checked or TPMS sensors repaired, please bring your car to Custom Wrenches.