You know the feeling. You’re minding your own business when you realize the ‘check tires’ dashboard light on your is lit. Before you get too frustrated, it’s helpful to understand the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The team at Roy Schmidt Honda in Effingham, Illinois, can quickly resolve the dashboard alert.
The TPMS communicates the condition of the tires. If the tires inflation falls 25% below the manufacturer’s recommendation, the dashboard alert will come on. This will happen before you notice that the tire pressure appears low. By alerting you, you have the chance to put air into the tire or repair it if necessary before it blows out. Not only will this extend the lifespan of your tires, it can avoid a disastrous and potentially fatal accident. Unmonitored, tires can develop unusual wear patterns and begin to bulge. When they reach that point, it’s better to replace them. While its frustrating to see that light come on, it’s saving you money on your tires and averting a potential accident. According to statics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, TPMS save the lives of 660 people each year.
Most of the time these systems work extremely well but they are not without their own set of potential issues. The TPMS monitor is generally part of an assembly involving the valve stem. The monitor is composed of an air pressure gauge and a radio transmitter. When the valve stem in installed, the monitor is inside of the tire. Both components, the valve stem and monitor, are fragile. Given the way they are seated, when the tire is dismounted, there is the potential of them breaking. The valve stem is also prone to corrosion which makes them break more easily.
Every car manufacturer has their own version of TPMS, so you need the services of the professionals at the dealership to replace your tires and deal with the TPMS to avoid costly damages. Also, most TPMS computers must be reset by manufacturer’s recommendations. Some systems will reset after driving the car for a few miles after filling with air. Refer to the owner’s manual for the guidelines. The service team at Roy Schmidt Honda can safely reset your TPMS or replace monitors if needed. In addition to the Effingham, Illinois location, there are centers in Mattoon, Vandalia, and Charleston. So, get that dashboard light taken care of. It could save your life.