We've all experienced the inconvenience of a flat tire at one time or another.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) helps drivers to know when their tire pressure is getting low. If tire pressure drops below 25% of the recommended pressure, a signal light will appear on your dashboard (see image). Paying attention to this alert can prevent blowouts, flats and even accidents.
There are two types of TPMS, direct and indirect. The direct TPMS is most common, and uses a set of pressure monitors that are installed directly inside the tires, with an electronic unit in the dashboard (also known as the ECU) that receives the transmission. Indirect TPMS operates by monitoring the anit-lock brake systems, judging the rotational speed of the tires. If one tire starts to lose pressure, the speed will be different from the other side, and the sensors send an alert to the ECU on your dashboard.
How Can Levin Help?
If your TPMS light appears or starts flashing you should stop by a Levin Tire location for service as soon as possible. While the appearance of the TPMS light usually means low pressure, if it's flashing, it means there may be a system problem. Some cars have a warning that comes across the driver's information screen that reads SERVICE TPMS SYSTEM.
The average life expectancy of the internal TPMS sensors is only 6-8 years. If you're experiencing issues with the dashboard alert, it might be because the batteries in the TPMS are starting to fail, especially if the dash light is blinking.
Our certified technicians at Levin can diagnose and repair your TPMS system, and adjust your tire pressure to make sure you're drive is as safe as possible. We're always up-to-date on the latest manufacturer recommendations for your tires and your vehicle. Give us a call or stop into your local Levin Tire today. There's no appointment necessary.