What Does TPMS Mean?

TPMS Light on Dash

If you’ve seen a new warning symbol in your dashboard, you might ask, “What does TPMS mean?” TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This system actively tracks the amount of air pressure in each of your tires as you commute from Omaha to Beatrice. If it detects that your air pressure has gotten too low in one or more tires, you’ll see a warning message in your dashboard. Since most new vehicles are equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, you can feel confident that your travels will remain smooth. Read on below with our service experts to learn more about your TPMS.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Features

The function of your TPMS is to keep tabs on the status of your tires and alert you if one or more of them have dropped below a safe air pressure. You may see the letters “TPMS” or a symbol that looks like a flat tire with an exclamation mark in the middle. Either way, this is your vehicle’s method of telling you that your tire pressure needs attention. When you see the warning you have at least one underinflated tire, which can cause:

  • Poor traction
  • Decreased load carrying capability
  • A flat tire or blowout
  • Poor fuel economy

In the short-term, poor tire inflation can lead to an accident due to unsafe conditions. Over the life of your tires, keeping them properly inflated will improve fuel economy, prevent premature wear, and retain top-level performance. 

Proper Tire Inflation

No matter if your tires are overinflated or underinflated, improper air pressure can cause a number of issues. Meanwhile, tires with the correct air pressure will:

  • Minimize tread movement, which increases the life of the tire
  • Reduce rolling resistance to improve vehicle efficiency
  • Maximize water dispersion to diminish the chance of hydroplaning 

If you’re not certain how much air your tires need, consult your owner’s manual. Keeping your tires inflated properly will save you time and money over the years! When you need to fill your tires with air, select from the following options:

  • Most gas stations offer a tire pump that is available for public use.
  • You can visit Sid Dillon Buick of Lincoln for complete tire service.
  • If you need a little more air in your tires quickly, you can even use a bike pump!

Keep Your Vehicle Running Properly In Lincoln

Now that you can answer the question, “What does TPMS mean?” you can monitor your vehicle like a professional! If you do notice the TPMS light in your dash, don’t hesitate to schedule service with us right away. Our team can quickly diagnose your vehicle’s issues and get you back on the Hickman streets in no time. Be sure to explore our service coupons for additional savings and contact us with any questions or concerns you have about your vehicle!

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